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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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With a Massey qualification in humanities or social sciences, you can inspire people, shape policy, solve problems and create new ways of thinking.
Whether you’re a student or research partner, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers.
Meet our staff
Cynthia White is an internationally recognised scholar in applied linguistics. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of New England and a member of the Marsden Fund Council where she chairs the Humanities panel. Cynthia is President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and member of the International Committee of the International Applied Linguistics Association.
Bill Fish is a Professor of Philosophy, and his research focuses on issues in the philosophy of mind and perception. He is particularly interested in defending naïve realism in the philosophy of perception and exploring whether this view can be extended to theories of consciousness more generally.
Head of School of People, Environment and Planning
Glenn Banks’ research is focussed on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of large-scale, private sector investment in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea.
Head of Institute of Education
Alison Kearney is co-director of the Equity Through Education Research Centre, and editor of New Zealand educational journal Kairaranga. Alison’s research focuses on social justice, education equity and inequity. Before working at Massey, Alison was a primary school teacher.
Head of School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication
Kerry Taylor works in New Zealand history, specifically the history of the socialist left and Labour movement. He has published mostly on the history of the NZ communist movement.
Head of School of Psychology
Mandy Morgan is a Professor of Feminist Psychology. She has particular interests in theoretical debates concerning the relationships between feminisms, poststructural theories and psychologies. As well as these theoretical interests, she’s involved in a programme of studies on the ways that domestic violence service and intervention providers and clients understand their experiences.
Acting Head of School of Māori Knowledge
Margaret Forster is a specialist in Māori engagement with an interest in cultural and social sustainability particularly Māori relationships with whenua and awa.
Find out more about the departments that make up the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has partnerships with the following organisations:
Planning at Massey is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute Te Kokiringa Taumata.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for geography in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for sociology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Massey is the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to partner in a UNESCO UNITWIN initiative: the Global Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.
British Theatre Challenge
Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley has won the British Theatre Challenge three times in a row, for her short plays addressing social justice issues such as climate change and animal rights.
Dr Barbara Andersen has been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant of $300,000 for 'Housing and Everyday Security in Papua New Guinea'.
Historian Dr Rachel Bell has been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start for 'Staying on the Land? Surviving the Reform of New Zealand Agricultural 1984 – 1987'.
Dr Jodie Hunter has been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant of $300,000 for 'Exploration of Pāsifika funds of knowledge in mathematics'.
Dr Philip Steer has been awarded a Marsden Fund grant of $657,000 for ‘Settler Literature and Environmental Change in Colonial New Zealand and Australia'.
Our leading academics and scientists ensure their cutting-edge research works hard in the real world, not just in the classroom or laboratory. Find out more about our clinics, where you can benefit from the latest research and expertise from Massey's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Massey psychology clinics
Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:
Speech Language Therapy Clinic
Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.