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, Murphy Building, 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. 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