School of Social and Cultural Studies

School of Social and Cultural Studies

The School of Social and Cultural Studies brings together the respective teaching, research and scholarship strengths of Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, Social Policy and Sociology.

Part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington,  you can expect to learn from us current analyses of how societies and cultures are formed, how they are governed, how they break down and how we might envisage new and viable future social and cultural systems.


Sep3SeminarsWomen’s Voices: finding solace out of disaster
Date: 3 September 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: OK406 (the F. L. Wood Seminar Room)
Dr Ruth McManus, University of Canterbury Read more
Sep10SeminarsAuthor Conversations: Associate Professor Jeff Sissons in conversation with Dr Catherine Trundle, School of Social and Cultural Studies
Date: 10 September 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building (MY305)
Please join Catherine for a conversation with Jeff about his new book The Polynesian Iconoclasm: Religious Revolution and the Seasonality of Power (published September 2014) Read more
Sep17SeminarsResponses to State Institutional Violence in New Zealand
Date: 17 September 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building (MY305)
Dr Elizabeth Stanley, School of Social and Cultural Studies Read more


12 August 2014 Catherine Trundle's Book 'American's in Tuscany' Published
Catherine Trundle's book 'American's in Tuscany' has recently been published and is receiving excellent reviews. Read more
4 August 2014 School Hosts Visitor from Sri Lanka
While Wasana is at the School of Social and Cultural Studies she is working on two research studies - one on widows of conflict in Sri Lanka’ s post-conflict setting, and the other on use of social media among Sri Lankan expatriates in Wellington. Read more
21 July 2014 Successful Trip to Japan for Professor John Pratt
Professor John Pratt recently visited Japan to develop a comparative research project on elderly prisoners (sixty five plus) both in Tokyo (Japan) and New Zealand. Read more

Allison Kirkman

Welcome From Head of School - Allison Kirkman

"We contribute to a strong and vibrant social science presence here at Victoria University". Read more from Allison.

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Shanna Bosley

Shanna Bosley PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology

Shanna will be looking into New Zealands anti-human trafficking legislation and how helper organisations conceptualise commercial human trafficking. Read more about Shanna's research

Russil Durrant Front Page

Application of Evolutionary Theory Used to Help Understand Criminal Behaviour

Dr Russil Durrant specialises in criminal and forensic psychology. Russil’s current research interests  include the psychology of punishment and evolutionary criminology.  Read more about Russil

Fatimah Al-Attas front page

International Sociology Student Returns to Malaysia for Fieldwork

Fatimah Al-Attas recently returned to Malaysia for four months to study to the experience of couples with new mothers returning to work in Malaysia. Read more about Fatimah

Symposium on Current Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice

22-23 October 2014 This symposium will be held in the Victoria University Law School.  It is open to Victoria University staff and students and members of criminal justice organizations and NGO's. Read more about the symposium
Tanja Rother - field work

Cultural Anthropology Student in the Field

PhD Student Tanja Rother carries out  fieldwork at Ōhiwa Harbour, a large tidal estuary situated between Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Read more about Tanja's fieldwork.

Postgraduate Morning Teas

Student Life

Morning teas encourage community and collegiality amongst the School of Social and Cultural Studies' postgraduate students. Read more about our postgraduate students

Jordan King

Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia

This scholarship will enable Sociology student, Jordan King, to gain real insight into the magnitude of change in China and how this will impact on the world.Read more about Jordan's success.

Elizabeth Stanley web photo

Success for Dr Elizabeth Stanley

Dr Elizabeth Stanley was recently awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. This will help her make an enormous contribution to New Zealand. Read more about Elizabeth