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.


Jul30SeminarsScum, sluts and skivers: unpacking the cultural and welfare politics of 'austerity' Britain
Date: 30 July 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 (MY305), Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade
Dr Andrew Wallace, The University of Lincoln (UK) Read more
Aug13SeminarsIntergenerational Investments or Selling Ancestors? - Māori Perspectives of Privatising New Zealand's Electricity Generating Assets
Date: 13 August 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 (MY305), Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade
Dr Marama Muru-Lanning, James Henare Māori Research Centre, University of Auckland 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
17 July 2014 Research and Study Leave takes Dr Carol Harrington to Europe
Dr Carol Harrington spent part of her research and study leave in England, Croatia and Greece. Read more
16 July 2014 Is Boredom Good For You?
Ben Snyder's research looks into the history of busyness in Christian monastic culture. 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.

Start Your Career

We can help you get a foot in the door. Read more about careers.

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

Julian Buchanan homepage

Criminology Provides Critical & Well Reasoned Insights

"Responses to crime are too often informed by populist sound bites—Criminology can provide a much needed antidote of critical, well-reasoned,evidence-based theoretical insights".  Read more about Julian.


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.

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