School of Social and Cultural Studies

Social Policy Students

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Catriana Mulholland

Catriana Mulholland

Phd Student in Social Policy

Supervisors: Dr Sandra Grey, Dr Ben Snyder

Conversations from the Coalface: Positive Asymmetry and the Culture of Silence Surrounding the Pike River Mine (2010) Disaster.

My research will analyse the positive asymmetry and culture of silence that surrounds the Pike River Mine (2010) Disaster. I intend to map the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry alongside voices of the affected Greymouth Community; examining models of accident causation and some of the clouding, eclipsing and recasting practices that exist[ed] at cognitive, cultural and systemic levels; with the view to forecasting and averting future workplace tragedy in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Contact: catriana.mulholland@vuw.ac.nz

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Chris Nimmo

Chris Nimmo

MA Student in Social Policy

Supervisor: Dr Sandra Grey

Comparing Adult Relationships Policies in Western Democracies

Cross-national comparative family policy research has a curious tendency to focus almost exclusively on policies around children and parenting at the expense of considering policies that shape the intimate relationships of adults. My research aims to improve our understanding of cross-national differences in policies around marriage, civil unions and de facto relationships. In particular, I am interested in how different countries’ policies attempt to shape the form and function of these relationships. Having spent my Honours year exploring the development of marriage policies in Malaysia and Singapore I am looking forward to shifting my research focus a little closer (culturally) to home, even if the policies themselves are a little less… adventurous.

Contact: chris.nimmo@vuw.ac.nz

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Sunshine Prior

Sinshine Prior MA student in Social PolicyMA Student in Social Policy

Supervisor: Dr Allison Kirkman

Sexuality Narratives of Deaf Women in Wellington

New Zealand is home to several thousand Deaf women, yet very little research has been done on their unique needs, experiences, or histories. Consequently, not much is known about their lives or development in key areas, such as sexuality. My Master’s thesis will attempt to address that knowledge gap by exploring the sexuality narratives of Deaf women in Wellington, New Zealand. Utilizing an action research approach, the research project will analyse information about the experiences of these women in order to understand the role interpersonal and institutional factors have in shaping those experiences. Of particular interest are both their historical and current experiences with sex and dating relationships. The information will then be used to develop programming or materials in association with Deaf Aotearoa that may improve positive sexuality experiences and reduce negative sexuality experiences for the Deaf women served by them.

Contact: sunshine.prior@vuw.ac.nz

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