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Kayla Stewart 186Assistant Research Fellow

PhD candidate


Research interests

Kayla is interested in access to justice and socio-legal research methods. She is currently undertaking a research project examining legal need and the type of assistance people need to progress their legal problems toward resolution. She enjoys undertaking research that can lead to social change.


Kayla has a background in law and sociology. She currently works at the Civil Justice Centre and previously worked at the Legal Issues Centre. She has also worked in the social service sector.

In 2022 Kayla was awarded her PhD from the University of Otago. Her PhD (recognised as exceptional) examined the sexual victimisation of students at a New Zealand university. Prior to her PhD, Kayla completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts, also from the University of Otago.

Research projects

Other Research Networks

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Stewart, C., Bennett-Fakahau, I., Nada-Raja, S., & Stewart, K. (2024). Exploring the relationship between trout fishing and wellbeing: Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand trout anglers. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2024.2347409 Journal - Research Article

Toy-Cronin, B., & Stewart, K. (2022). Expressed legal need in Aotearoa: From problems to solutions. (pp. 1-86). Dunedin, New Zealand: Civil Justice Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Stewart, K. G. (2021). 'I guess that's part of life': The sexual victimisation of Aotearoa university students (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from Awarded Doctoral Degree

Toy-Cronin, B., Choe, L., & Stewart, K. (2021). “A lot of people are paying like $5 a week for 20 years”: New Zealand lawyers, discounts, and payment plans. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 28(3), 335-349. doi: 10.1080/09695958.2020.1863219 Journal - Research Article

Stewart, K., & Toy-Cronin, B. (2020). What is pro bono and how much do lawyers do? New Zealand Law Journal, (11), 414-420. Journal - Research Article

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