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Arts, humanities and social sciences

Our creative and scholarly research is recognised internationally for its quality and originality.

Researchers work in a broad range of disciplines, from history, political science, psychology and philosophy to art history, classics and religious studies to English, film, theatre and media studies.

Many interdisciplinary projects draw on expertise across the humanities. Our linguistics researchers work in sociolinguistics, lexicography, second language acquisition, discourse studies and sign language. Our Māori Studies researchers specialise in local and international indigenous issues.

Other researchers focus on projects around Pacific, Asian and European languages and cultures.

Victoria University is situated in a vibrant, creative city rich in theatre, art and heritage, an ideal setting for our staff, who include internationally acclaimed poets, fiction writers, musicians, composers and filmmakers.