School of Social and Cultural Studies

AProf Allison Kirkman

Head of School
School of Social and Cultural Studies

Phone: 04 463 5676
Mobile: 027 563 5676
Location: Room 1013, Hunter Building, Gate 1 Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

AProf Allison Kirkman


BA (Hons) PhD (VUW)

Research Specialties

Death and dying; gender, sexuality, ageing and health; health care work and workers (especially dementia care)

Current Research

  • Cemeteries and the sociological imagination

  • Informal and formal care for people with dementia

  • Sexuality, gender and ageing

Selected Publications

Kirkman, A. Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand Sociology 2014. 29 (2). 61-75

Kirkman, A. Sexuality and gender. Sociology in Today's World (2nd ed) edited by Brian Furze, Pauline Savvy, Robert J. Brym and John Lie, Melbourne, Cengage, 2012, 353-378.

Kirkman, A. Caring 'from duty and the heart': Gendered work and Alzheimer's disease. Women's Studies Journal 2011. 25(1). 1-16.

Kirkman A, 'Health-care practioners', Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, April, 2011.

Kirkman, A. 'My bed or our bed?: gender negotiations in the sleep of same-sex couples', Sociological Research Online, 15, 2, April 2010.

Kirkman, A. Supporting the Caregivers’: Working in Community Dementia Care. In Hidden Health Hazards in Women’s Work edited by Celia Briar, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2009, 107-119.

Kirkman, A. Sexuality and Gender. In Sociology in Today’s World edited by Brian Furze, Pauline Savy, Robert J. Brym and John Lie, Melbourne, Cengage, 2008, 392-419.

Kirkman, A. Dementia in the news: the media coverage of Alzheimer's disease. Australasian Journal on Ageing 2006. 25 (2), 74-79.

Kirkman, A. Managing gender, sexual and medical identities. In Sexuality Down Under: Social and Historical Perspectives edited by Allison Kirkman and Pat Moloney, Dunedin, University of Otago Press, 2005, 115-131.

Kirkman, Allison and Pat Moloney (eds). Sexuality Down Under: Social and Historical Perspectives, University of Otago Press, 2005.

Kirkman, A. Ageing and sexuality: the final frontier for positive ageing. In Perspectives in Human Sexuality edited by Gail Hawkes and John Scott, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 104-118.

Kirkman, A. Informal and formal carers. In  Health and Society in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2nd ed., edited by Peter Davis and Kevin Dew, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 113-126.

Kirkman, Allison and Dixon, Alison. 'Nurses at university: negotiating academic, work and personal pathways', in J. Davey, J. Neale and K. Morris Matthews (eds), Living and Learning: Experiences of University after Age 40  (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2003), pp. 93-108.

Dew, Kevin and Kirkman, Allison. A Sociology of Health in New Zealand  (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2002), 291 pp.

Kirkman, A. 'Productive Readings: The portrayal of health "experts" in women's magazines', Qualitative Health Research, 11, 6 (2001), pp. 751-765.

Kirkman, A. 'Ethics and the Politics of Research: Where gender and sexuality still matter', in Martin Tolich (ed), Research Ethics for Aotearoa New Zealand: Concepts, Practice, Critique  (Auckland, Pearson Education, 2001), pp. 53-63.

Kirkman, A. 'Ties that bind: recognising the spiritual', The Journal of Lesbian Studies, 5, 1/2 (2001), pp. 211-227.

Kirkman, A Contribution to 'Gender', in G. McLennan, Allanah Ryan and Paul Spoonley, Exploring Society. Sociology for New Zealanders (Addison Wesley Longman, 2000), pp. 63-67.

Memberships, Appointments and Other Work

  • Convener, Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee

  • NZQA Degree Monitor, WINTEC Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice