Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences , Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata

Creative thinking for a changing world. It's at the heart of everything we do at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Overview

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata offers teaching and research in a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • anthropology
  • geography
  • te reo Māori
  • creative writing
  • history
  • linguistics
  • media studies
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • teacher education
  • urban planning.

We foster deep connections across Massey and beyond to forge innovative, relevant and valued ideas, research and teaching.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey

We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led university, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practices. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.

Te Whare o Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Home of the Treaty at Massey

Why SHAPE matters

Contribute to people's lives and tackle major challenges of our times by studying Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy (SHAPE).

Develop in-demand skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and connecting complex ideas.

Explore SHAPE study options

How we fit

Our college is home to five schools:

Institute of Education

Teacher education, specialist programmes for other education careers, and research focused on equality in education.

School of Humanities, Media & Creative Communication

Explore cultures, society, theories and ideas – and the arts – with a rich variety of specialisations.

Te Pūtahi-a-Toi

Te Pūtahi-a-Toi produces graduates and research inspired by te ao Māori (the Māori world).

School of People, Environment & Planning

New Zealand’s largest multi-disciplinary university social science unit – Massey's School of People, Environment and Planning.

School of Psychology

Meet the real world head on. We examine today's challenges and contribute to people's wellbeing and resilience.

Who we are

Our people make us who we are. Meet senior leaders in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Bill Fish

Professor Bill Fish

Research Director and Professor of Philosophy - School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professor Alison Kearney

Associate Professor Alison Kearney

Head of Institute of Education

Alison Kearney is a registered teacher with a PhD in Education. At Massey, Alison has taught in the Initial Teacher Education, Masters and Doctoral programmes and more recently, the Specialist Teaching Programme. Her research and teaching interests focus on educational equity, learning and motivation.

Professor Kerry Taylor

Professor Kerry Taylor

Head of School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication

Kerry Taylor works in New Zealand history, focusing on the history of dissent and protest politics. He has published widely on the history of communism in New Zealand, and on visual and material culture. Notable roles include:

  • Board of Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres
  • Trustee of the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.
Professor Hēmi Whaanga

Professor Hēmi Whaanga

Ngāti Kahungunu,Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha
Head of School Te Pūtahi-a-Toi

Hēmi Whaanga specialises in mātauranga, indigenous methodologies, linguistics and te reo Māori, ethics and technology.  His background includes research, leadership and teaching, and he has contributed at disciplinary, institutional, national and international levels.  

Professor Bethan Greener

Professor Bethan Greener

Head of School of People, Environment and Planning

Beth focuses on how states and others seek to provide security and what this means for world order. Her research interests also include the relationship between liberalism and the use of force, how states seek to use their agencies for security provision, international policing through the UN, South Pacific security, gender and security, and the relationship between public and private security.

Professor Mandy Morgan

Professor Mandy Morgan

Head of School of Psychology

Mandy Morgan focuses on theoretical debates about relationships between feminisms, poststructural theories and psychologies. She also studies how domestic violence service providers and clients understand their experiences.

Research

Our research develops new knowledge to benefit communities in New Zealand and globally, and contributes to generating future knowledge. Our researchers and research students work collaboratively across disciplines, and with experts around New Zealand and the world.

Our researchers win grants and other funding from prestigious sources such as the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau.

Massey researchers awarded Te Pūtea Rangahau funding

Learn about the Marsden Fund

Consultancy

We often carry out research for partners outside Massey or collaborate with partners on certain topics or as part of long-term relationships. Our consultancy draws on expertise from within the College and around the university, offering fresh thinking.

Research teams

Examples of how our people create and share new knowledge.

Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC)

Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter and Associate Professor Jodie Hunter

DMIC is an international model for maths education founded in equity. The Hunters bring their Cook Islands heritage and professional expertise to this collaborative and culturally responsive teaching method.

DMIC

Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa – Matāuranga Māori Disaster Risk Reduction Centre

Professor Christine Kenney (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Awa ki Kāpiti, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu)

Our Māori researchers and community research partners contribute to a resilient Aotearoa New Zealand. Our work seeks culturally informed solutions to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. We use indigenous innovation to minimise the impacts on communities and the wider environment.

Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa

Māori disaster risk reduction and emergency management

Psycurity – the psychology of security Dr Veronica Hopner

Massey's Psycurity Cluster examines contemporary issues such as freedom, privacy and security, and how these impact individuals, groups and communities. It's a partnership between:

  • Centre of Defence and Strategic Studies
  • School of Psychology.

Psycurity Cluster

Centre for Indigenous Psychologies

Associate Prof Natasha Tassell-Matamua

The centre is an inclusive physical and intellectual space. Through our teaching and research, indigenous psychologies are embraced, experienced, understood and developed — in ways to benefit all communities.

Health and Ageing Research Team (HART)

Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass
Health and Aging Research team logo

HART is an interdisciplinary group of researchers examining the health and wellbeing of older adults in New Zealand. Research projects include:

  • health, work and retirement
  • opportunities and challenges for older workers.

HART

Research centres

Our research centres seek innovative solutions to contemporary issues.

Joint Centre for Disaster Research

JCDR is an international centre for research and teaching in disaster risk and emergency management. We develop community disaster resilience by providing state-of-the-art graduate teaching and research programmes to both New Zealand and people worldwide.

Joint Research Centre in Applied Linguistics

Professor Cynthia White

The Centre contributes new knowledge via online language learning innovations such as pairing students with native Mandarin speakers via video. It's a partnership between Massey University and Beijing Language and Culture University.

Highlighted research

More examples of how our people create and share new knowledge.

Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa – Matāuranga Māori Disaster Risk Reduction Centre

Professor Christine Kenney (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Awa ki Kāpiti, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu)

Our Māori researchers and community research partners contribute to a resilient Aotearoa New Zealand. Our work seeks culturally informed solutions to the effects of climate change and natural disasters. We use indigenous innovation to minimise the impacts on communities and the wider environment.

Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa

Māori disaster risk reduction and emergency management

Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC)

Associate Professor Trisia Farrelly and Dr Sy Taffel

PERC is dedicated to connecting groups and individuals whose work emphasises and critiques the relationships between society, environment and politics. PERC members study, teach, research and/or practise political ecology.

PERC

He Tātai Whenua: A Te Ao Māori landscape classification

Prof Jonathan Procter (Muaupoko, Ngāi Tahu), Associate Prof Hone Morris (Ngāi Te Rangitotohu, Ngāti Mārau, Ngāti Maru)

Modern environmental mapping systems can provide almost everything there is to know about the environment, except what Māori know about it. This project brings together mātauranga and the latest geographic information systems to improve environmental reporting, decision-making and monitoring.

Contact Hone Morris

Contact Jonathan Procter

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) research

Several Massey research centres and networks focus on sustainability, and on the UN's SDGs. Our researchers recognise sustainability is important in all human activity and branches of knowledge.

SDGs include gender equality, peace and justice, sustainable cities and more.

Sustainability research and projects

Austin Assessment to detect brain-based visual difficulties

Dr Nicola McDowell

Austin Assessment is a screening tool to identify children with vision impairments caused by damage or injury to the brain, not the eyes. An estimated 3.4% of children in mainstream classrooms are affected. Assessment involves a simple activity to match playing cards.

Austin Assessment

Digital Culture Laboratory (DigiLab)

Dr Nicholas Holm

DigiLab's research aims to help us:

  • better understand our digital environment
  • develop responses and resources to improve social and cultural outcomes.

Contact Nicholas Holm

Clinics

Massey clinics offer services for the public, as well as research or training for staff, students and professionals.

Our psychology clinics

Massey's three on-campus clinics provide psychology services to the public, as well as professional development for psychologists, interns and students.

Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses

Mother and child

Speech-language Therapy Clinic

A teaching clinic offering therapy for children and adults who experience communication and eating difficulties. Supervised by specialist staff, students provide assessment and intervention support at the clinic and in the community.

Location: Auckland campus

Scholarships and financial support

Massey offers students a range of awards, grants and scholarships to:

  • help with fees and living expenses
  • support academic and research excellence.

Scholarships and awards

Donate to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Student enquiries: please contact the Massey Contact Centre

Enquiries

Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Office Karen O'Hagan

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor's Office Trish Hutton

Directors’ Offices

Academic Programmes Linda Lowe

Teaching and Learning Linda Lowe or Trish Hutton

International Manager Djhoanna Lambert

Regional Directors’ Offices

Auckland Jeannine Boutin Flegel

Wellington  Megan Burnett

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Auckland campus

Location

Physical address
Level 2
Atrium Building
Auckland

Postal address
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore MSC
Auckland

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Manawatū campus

Location

Physical address
Level 3 Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
Manawatū campus
Palmerston North

Postal address
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Wellington campus

Location

Physical address
Level C (ground floor)
Block 7
Wellington campus
Tasman Street
Wellington 6021

Postal address
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Massey University
Private Box 756
Wellington

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