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Dr Carolyn Morris

Senior Lecturer in Sociocultural Anthropology

School of People, Environment and Planning

My research and teaching interests are in cultures of agriculture and the politics of food. I work in Aotearoa New Zealand, and have interests in ethnicity, gender, rurality and race relations. My current research interests are focused on the making of markets, in particular for Maori potatoes, heritage potatoes in Ireland and sheep milk. I am also interested in the processes of food innovation.


Contact details

  • Ph: ext 83632
    Location: 3.27, SST
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Anthropology of Aotearoa New Zealand

Social Science of Food in New Zealand

Maori foodways



Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 3
Co-supervisor 4 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Jessica Halley - Doctor of Philosophy
    "Silicon Welly" Tracing the social networks and economic forces spurring innovation across Wellington's technology sector
  • Virginia Webb - Doctor of Philosophy
    “We just have to get them growing their own food”: The cultural politics of community gardens

Co-supervisor of:

  • Deidre McDonald - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mycoplasma Bovis and Biosecurity in New Zealand: A Critical Examination of Biosecurity Cultures and Assemblages in the Agricultural Context
  • Romana Mbinya - Doctor of Philosophy
    The nexus of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Sub-saharan Africa; A pathway towards a shared understanding and response.
  • Michael Mouat - Doctor of Philosophy
    Dynamic Spaces of Dairy Innovation: The Role of Financialisation in Creating Future Food Markets
  • Hina Tabassum Cheema - Doctor of Philosophy
    Deliberate Religiosities and Disjunct Modernities: Muslim Women at Work in 21 Century New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Jessica Bignell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Political Messaging, Parliament, and People Or, Why Politicians Say What They Do: The Parliamentary Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013
  • 2016 - Nina Harding - Doctor of Philosophy
    "You Bring It, We'll Bring It Out": Becoming a Soldier in the New Zealand Army
  • 2015 - Elaine Donovan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Anomalous Children: Orphans and Interlineage Marrriages in Malawi

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Gabriel Christoph Maria Laeis - Doctor of Philosophy
    What's on the Menu? How the cuisine of large-scale, upmarket tourist resorts shapes agricultural development in Fiji
  • 2015 - Eva Neely - Doctor of Philosophy
    Moving beyond Nutrients- Nurturing Young People's Social Health and School Connectedness through Food

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