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Dr Vincent Wijeysingha PhD, PGDip, BA

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Social Work

Vincent Wijeysingha qualified as a social worker in 1995, took his doctorate from Sheffield University in 2002, then worked in child protection, mainly in London. In 2009, he returned to his native Singapore where he worked with low-waged migrant workers and on LGBT rights while teaching at a local university. He came to New Zealand in 2015 where he has worked as a social policy analyst and social work lecturer. He joined Massey in February 2020.


Contact details

  • Ph: 64 (0)6 951 6503
    Location: Room 7.06, Social Sciences Tower, Main Drive
    Campus: Palmerston North


  • Doctor of Philosophy - The University of Sheffield (2002)
  • Postgradute Diploma in Applied Professional Studies with Distinction - Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (2017)
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (1996)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social policy; Civil society activism; NGOs; Political economy of welfare; Authoritarianism and social justice.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Policy and Administration (160500): Public Administration (160509): Public Policy (160510): Social Change (160805): Social Policy (160512): Social Work (160700): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Social policy; Child protection; Civil society; Non-governmental organisations.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Consultancy and Languages


  • May 2019 to current - Royal Society Te Apārangi
    Member of the Te Tapeke Fair Futures Panel
  • Jan 2019 to current - Independent professional supervision
    Delivering professional social work supervision


  • English
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Malay
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 179.110 Creating a Foundation for Social and Community Work
  • 179.110 Introducing Social and Community Work Practice
  • 179.121 Identity Development in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 179.155 A Foundation of Interpersonal Skills for the Helping Professions
  • 179.155 An Introduction to Helping Skills in Social and Community Work Practice
  • 179.210 Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions
  • 179.789 Field Work Practice I
  • 179.890 Field Work Practice II

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Jane Lee - Doctor of Philosophy
    Social support and social integration among one-parent families with disabled children in Aotearoa New Zealand