About us

The Stout Research Centre was established to encourage scholarly enquiry into New Zealand society, history and culture.

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. Our 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 archaeologist Atholl Anderson, art historian Damian Skinner and justice reformer Kim Workman.The Centre also offers non-stipendiary residencies to independent scholars from the community working on a wide variety of research topics and hosts graduate and postgraduate students.

The Centre is home to the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, which carries out independent scholarly research on Treaty of Waitangi matters. The Centre hosts the Marsden-funded projects Security and Surveillance (Prof Richard Hill) and 'The Missing Link: New Zealand European/Pākehā Intergenerational Memory'(A/Prof Anna Green).