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BSW (Hons) (Massey), CQSW, LLB (Hons) (Otago), PhD (Otago)Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Accredited Family Mediator

Alexander McMillan Leading Thinker Chair in Childhood Studies

Contact details

Room 7C20
7th Floor, Richardson Building
85 Albany Street
Tel +64 3 479 4919


Professor Nicola Taylor holds the Alexander McMillan Leading Thinker Chair in Childhood Studies and is also the Director of the Children's Issues Centre, Faculty of Law. Nicola has a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) degree, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree, a PhD, and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She is also an accredited Family Mediator. Nicola has a particular interest in socio-legal research with children, parents and family justice sector professionals on such topics as children's day-to-day care and contact arrangements following parental separation, relocation, international child abduction, children's participation, child-inclusive practice and family dispute resolution.

Current and recent postgraduate students

Luke Fitzmaurice PhD (Law)
A multiple case study on young people's involvement in the overhaul of New Zealand's child welfare system 2015-2017

Michael Morrison PhD (Law)
Long-term care options for Tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand: A critical examination into long-term fostering and adoptive practices in New Zealand

Kelsey Brown LLM (Law)
Children and young people's participation in three legal settings in Aotearoa New Zealand

Emily Stannard LLM (Law)
Therapeutic Jurisprudence in New Zealand's Family Court 

Kesia Sherwood PhD (Law)
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and youth justice

Deborah Inder PhD (Law)
The voice of the child in the context of the New Zealand family law system

Sally Beale PhD (Social Work) - Completed 2017
The social work discourse and child sexual abuse

Fiona Miller PhD (Law)
Children under 16 and Health professionals: Partners in health care?

Natasha Munro MA (Childhood & Youth Studies) (CIC)
ECE services within a public health model: A case study in a rural community

Lee Stevens LLM (Law) – Completed 2018
Parental alienation

Fiona Mackenzie PhD (Law) - Completed 2016
Motherhood and family law

Megan Gollop PhD (CIC) - Completed 2016
Moving on? Parents' perspectives on post-separation relocation disputes

Bridgette Toy-Cronin (Law) - Completed 2015
Keeping up appearances: Accessing New Zealand's civil courts as a litigant in person

Allan Cooke PhD (Law) - Completed 2014
State responsibility for children in care


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