The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children

The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children conducts research about families that informs evidence-based policy solutions.

The Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children, Te Pūtahi Rangahau Whānau me ngā Tamariki, aims to conduct rigorous, independent research that informs and translates into evidence-based policy solutions that support families and children in Aotearoa New Zealand. With an interdisciplinary, methodologically rigorous, and data-driven approach, the Centre’s research will focus on pressing issues facing families and children.

Located within Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children is well-positioned to translate and disseminate this research to policy-makers and other key stakeholders, such as community groups and the general public. Moreover, an innovative approach to family science is used to train emerging scholars to enhance family science research capacity in the future.

About the Centre Director

Dr. Kate Prickett began her appointment as Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children, Te Pūtahi Rangahau Whānau me ngā Tamariki, in February 2019. As a family demographer, Kate’s research is focused on the ways in which the connection between family contexts and children’s health and wellbeing is implicated in the intergenerational transmission of inequality.

Her research has been published in some of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals, including Demography, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Pediatrics, and The American Journal of Public Health, among others.

Prior to arriving at Victoria University, Kate was a senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Waikato and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies. She completed a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.A. in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, has spent time working in think tanks in Washington, DC, and is a Motu Economic and Policy Research alumna.