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Humanities Research at Otago

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.

Find out about our research centres, themes, clusters and networks.

Find out about current research in Humanities.

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 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject showed the following Humanities subjects at Otago to be rated in the top 100 in the world: Education; English Language and Literature; Geography; History and Archaeology; Law; Philosophy; Sociology.

Find out more about the 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation.

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.

The Humanities research grant is a funding scheme to support excellence in research in Humanities.

Find out about postgraduate research in Humanities and exceptional PhD theses in the division.