Research Cluster - The Hearth


The image of the Hearth is a place of sharing work, warmth and nourishment – a kitchen, a gathering place, a foundation stone, a haven.

We have chosen the hearth as the core image for our research cluster since we gather here to support each other addressing questions of contemporary gendered social power relations and their implications for women, men and children.  At our hearth, women and men collaborate to analyse wicked problems of gender manifest in intimate and sexual violence, exploitation, abuse, exclusion and marginalisation.  We variously attend to global and local contexts of colonisation, neoliberalism and the complicit economics of millennial capitalism in the dislocation and disruption of kinship relationships.


Our goals are :

  • the production of diverse, politically and theoretically astute gender analyses;
  • research relevant to the intersections of institutional and structural violence and  everyday experience;
  • research that informs praxis through engaging co-operatively with our communities;
  • building capacity for research and competencies for community transformations towards social justice and safety.


Cluster Members from the School of Psychology

Siautu Alefaio - Auckland
Denise Blake - Wellington
Leigh Coombes - Manawatū
Geneva Connor - Manawatū
Stephanie Denne - Manawatū
Ruth Gammon - Wellington
Darrin Hodgetts - Auckland
David Johnston - Wellington
Mandy Morgan - Manawatū
Melissa Rangiwananga - Manawatū
Ann Rogerson - Manawatū
Kirsty Ross - Manawatū
Sesimani Havea - Manawatū


Mandy Morgan

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