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.


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3 April 2014 BA(Hons) Student Awarded a Freemason's Scholarship
Brontë Jefferies, has been awarded a Freemason Scholarship for 2014 Read more
12 March 2014 PHARMAC’s “hardball” approach a money saver
Professor Dew says PHARMAC’s “hardball” approach has kept New Zealand’s pharmaceuticals budget in check and also regulated the population’s desire to have any available pill for any ill. Read more
17 February 2014 Are Crime-Prevention Strategies More Harmful than the Crime?
Late last year Associate Professor Julian Buchanan and Dr Caroline Gordon carried out a Literature Review of Doorstep Crime to see if crime-prevention strategies were more harmful than the crime? 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

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.


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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

Jordan King front page

Jordan King MA Candidate in Sociology

"My research will look into the experiences of  migrant workers working aboard Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels (FCVs) operating within New Zealand’s New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)". Read more about Jordan's research