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.


Oct29SeminarsOf calendars and kings: gods, temples, the Pleiades, and the development of archaic states in Hawai‘i
Date: 29 October 2014
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building (MY305)
Professor Clive Ruggles, the University of Leicester (UK) Read more


20 October 2014 Students and Staff Address Needle Exchange Programme's National Hui
Two Criminology postgraduate students and one staff member were recently invited as guest speakers to address the national two day Hui for Needle Exchange Programme Managers held in Wellington. Read more
3 October 2014 Critiquing the State of NZ Democracy
Dr Sandra Grey's work over the last few months has centred very squarely on critiquing the state of New Zealand democracy. Read more
25 September 2014 Masters in Sociology Student Attends International Conference on End-of-Life
Sarah Revell-Dennett, a Masters in Sociology Student, attended  the International Conference on End-of-Life (ICEL) in Queensland. Read more

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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

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

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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