Social Policy Students
On this page:
MA 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.
PhD Student in Social Policy
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jenny Neale and Dr Judith Davey
A new old age? Exploring the values, attitudes and expectations of baby boomers and their implications for policy and practice in an ageing society.
My thesis explores New Zealand baby boomers’ mid life attitudes to, and expectations of, life in older age and the policy implications of their views. Despite a range of reports and strategies setting out New Zealand’s policy response to our ageing population, little is currently known about how boomers’ attitudes may impact on society and this PhD research seeks to address this gap. Through focus group research and secondary analysis of social survey data, boomer attitudes to and expectations of ageing will be explored, and underlying social values within the boomer age group will be identified. Disparity or congruence with prevailing policy paradigms will be considered.
Related areas of interest: social values; discourse analysis; policy and programme evaluation; sociology of health and illness; social and public health policy; well being; positive ageing; elder abuse; gender issues.