Bronwyn Wood

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Senior Lecturer School of Education

Research interests

Youth citizenship, citizenship education, social sciences education,social studies curriculum, inquiry learning, youth politics.


PhD PGDipEdD Well, DipTchg MA(Hons) BA Auck


Bronwyn has a background in social science education (geography and social studies) and textbook, curriculum and resource development in this area. She researches in the fields of education policy, citizenship education, youth sociology, youth politics and geographies.

Current research

2017 – 2020 Citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand: Young people, belonging and changing times. Marsden Fund Award.

2016-2018: Transitions to University: Navigating Assessment practices and curriculum knowledge. URF Strategic Fund. Associate investigator with Dr Sue Cherrington (Principal Investigator) and Dr Michael Johnston. See further details.

Recently completed research

2014-2016 Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (Min of Education): Principal Investigator: Creating active citizens: Interpreting, assessing and understanding the NCEA personal social action standards; with Dr Michael Johnston (VUW), Dr Rowena Taylor and Rose Atkins (Massey University) and 5 teachers.

2015-2016: Whanganui Restorative City Project: A Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Framework. Associate-Investigator with Professor Chris Marshall (School of Government) and Professor Brad Jackson. (from VUW School of Business, School of Education and Diana Unwin Chair)

Research interests

Bronwyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of sociology, geography and education and centre on issues relating to young people, belonging, identity and citizenship. Her research is informed by critical theory and liberating and place-based pedagogies. She is interested in supervising postgraduate and PhD research in the areas of youth citizenship/ participation, citizenship education, geographies of education, and social sciences curriculum.