Welcome to the Stout Research Centre
for New Zealand Studies
The Stout Centre was established in 1984 at Victoria with the generous support of the Stout Trust. Its name honours a former Prime Minister and Chief Justice, Robert Stout, the founder of Victoria University and its first Chancellor. The Centre was set up to encourage scholarly inquiry into New Zealand society, history and culture in a collegial, interdisciplinary environment.
In addition to its three professorial staff, the Centre hosts the JD Stout Fellow who is appointed annually to the prestigious JD Stout Fellowship. Recent Fellows include historians John and Hilary Mitchell, economist Brian Easton and poet Andrew Johnston. The Centre also offers non-stipendiary residencies to independent scholars from the community working on a wide variety of research topics.
The Centre is home to the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, which carries out independent scholarly research on Treaty of Waitangi matters.
The Centre also hosts the Marsden-funded Security and Surveillance Project, and publishes the project's online Security and Surveillance History research series.