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Staff research

Individual Staff Research

Please refer to individual people's profile pages at 'Our people'.

Department Research Groups

Maori Social Service and Professional Practice Research Team

This research group has been established to support the advancement and evaluation of Maori social work practice, Maori community development practice, Maori health and social service providers and Maori economic and social development.  For further information please contact: Anaru Eketone ( or Shayne Walker (

Sexuality Research Group

This research group has been established to support and nurture scholarly discourse, research and writing associated with sexualities within the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work at Otago. We aim to secure a sustained output of research findings and publications that will have an impact on academic and public-policy debates on issues of sexuality, both locally and internationally. We come together from diverse theoretical orientations and disciplinary backgrounds in order to nurture cross-disciplinary inquiry. Our programme includes departmental seminars, visiting speakers and a range of facilitated discussions.  For further information, see the website:

Other Research

Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment (CSAFE)

The department has staff and students working on projects at CSAFE (see particularly on projects concerning environmental sociology, sustainable agriculture, neoliberal governance in agriculture and climate change.  More CSAFE information can be found on individual research pages - see Professor Hugh Campbell.