Research in the Division of Humanities at the University of Otago encompasses various disciplines in humanities, social sciences and performing arts and includes involvement by staff and students in research centres, themes, clusters and networks.
Otago's Humanities research output is rated the best in New Zealand in a number of disciplines
Recent research quality evaluations rate the Division of Humanities research output to be the best in New Zealand in a number of disciplines, and rank some of our academic departments among the top 100 internationally.
Details about recent research quality evaluations on the Division of Humanities' research output and academic excellence
The 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation confirmed the research strengths of the Division of Humanities at Otago. The following subject areas were ranked either first or second in the country: Anthropology and Archaeology; Education; History, Art History and Classics; Law; Philosophy; Sociology, Gender and Social Work; Theology and Religious Studies. The Division also hosts 6 of the top 12 nominated academic units within the University.
The 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject showed the following Humanities subjects at Otago to be rated in the top 100 in the world: Archaeology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Education, English Language & Literature, Geography, History, Law and Performing Arts. Modern Languages and Politics & International Studies featured in the 101-150 band, and Philosophy in the top 200 in the world.
Otago's Humanities research is multifaceted, innovative and interdisciplinary
Otago’s Division of Humanities offers an ideal environment in which multifaceted research in human culture and society flourish. Staff and postgraduate students in the Division exemplify academic excellence underpinned by rigorous disciplinary training.
The Division also promotes innovative interdisciplinary research through Research Centres, Research Themes and other networks, which are formed by experts of diverse disciplinary backgrounds who share similar interests.
You are invited to explore rich and lively research activities in the Division of Humanities at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s leading research-intensive university.
Dr Marjolein Righarts
Research Advisor - Division of Humanities
Tel 64 3 479 4173
Mobile 64 21 279 4173