Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Research is at the heart of any university, and is the activity that most distinguishes universities from other tertiary institutions. And research is at the heart of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – as witnessed by Victoria's success in being judged the top university in New Zealand for research quality. The University's overall success is reflected in the success of FHSS: ten of our subject areas were ranked either first or second in New Zealand, and two of them, Politics/International Relations and English were independently ranked in the top 50 in the world.

The staff across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences carry out research in a wide range of disciplinary areas, but are collectively engaged in exploring the fundamental questions of humanity, the questions that define who we are. In addition to its strengths in traditional academic disciplines, the Faculty is also strong in creative writing, in creative arts and performance. Find more about the recently published research monographs and edited collections by our staff in Recent Staff Publications. For a complete list of staff publications, go to Research Publications.

Postgraduate students are an integral part of the Faculty's research community. Our capital city location and proximity to Parliament and central government agencies, the National Library, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand Film Archives provide endless opportunities for postgraduate research and contribute to the vibrant research culture that is Wellington.

The Faculty continues the long humanities tradition of celebrating individual scholarship, but also has considerable scope for shared research activities through its specialised research centres. These include the:

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