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Our research

Our staff are active in traditional scholarship – writing articles, books and book chapters and also active through theatrical, dance and musical performances, compositions and recordings. Many of these are collaborative ventures as staff share their expertise with each other.

Research in Music

We are involved across the range of research activity, from community music to music technology, from classical music and contemporary music performance to conducting.

Classical Music

Nineteenth-century music
Dr Graeme Downes
Analsyis of music
Professor Peter Adams, Dr Graeme Downes
Twentieth-century music
Professor Peter Adams, Professor Anthony Ritchie
Professor Terence Dennis

Contemporary Popular Music

Film music
Professor Peter Adams, Professor Henry Johnson
Folk music

Popular music studies
Dr Jennifer Cattermole, Dr Ian Chapman, Professor Henry Johnson

World Music

Music of Aotearoa, Māori Music and Taonga Pūoro
Dr Jennifer Cattermole
Asian music, especially the traditional and popular music and culture of Japan
Professor Henry Johnson
Pacific music
Dr Jennifer Cattermole
British folk music
Diaspora music
Professor Henry Johnson

New Zealand Music

Vocal music and singing teaching
Associate Professor Judy Bellingham
Community musics
Professor Henry Johnson
NZ Classical music
Professor Anthony Ritchie
New Zealand cultural policy
Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Music and Visual Culture

Popular music iconography
Dr Ian Chapman, Professor Henry Johnson

Find out more about postgraduate study in music

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Research in Theatre

We are involved in a strong and diverse range of research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and explores topics and issues specific to theatre and drama. Theatre involves multiple materials, sights, sounds and historical periods and the research of our staff and students reflects this diversity.

Practice-led research

We are committed to promoting our practical theatre work as

  • a form of research as well as
  • a laboratory for, or complement to, research

The close links between practice and research questions is demonstrated by our projects on site-specific theatre and on verbatim/documentary theatre.

Our staff and students are involved in research that includes:

Theatre from New Zealand and other cultures

New Zealand drama and theatre
Professor Stuart Young, Associate Professor Hilary Halba
Bicultural and intercultural theatre
Associate Professor Hilary Halba
Russian drama and theatre and translation studies
Professor Stuart Young
Modern British theatre
Professor Stuart Young

Design and site-specific theatre

Light and set design
Dr Martyn Roberts

Documentary/verbatim theatre

Gay/queer drama


Performance as research
Dr Suzanne Little
Contemporary performance
Associate Professor Hilary Halba
Performance and politics
Dr Suzanne Little
Representations and the ethics of trauma and violence in performance
Dr Suzanne Little


Shakespeare in performance

Adaptations of Shakespeare

Post-colonial Shakespeare

Theatre directing

Theatre theory and critical studies

Theatre and theatre theory
Dr Suzanne Little
Historical and critical studies
Associate Professor Hilary Halba

Find out more about postgraduate study in Theatre