Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Auckland University of Technology

My current research interests include examining the intersection of gender, sexuality, power, culture, technology and identity with a view to analysing mediated intimacies within the contemporary sociocultural context. My work examines inegalitarian power relations (on multiple axes) that manifest in new sites in often hidden or covert ways. Drawing on critical social psychology and critical feminism, I I have a social justice orientation in my research which seeks to foster social change through individual, social or policy interventions. My PhD research focused on heterosexual casual sex and since being at AUT I have been working on projects examining the sex industry in NZ (e.g., men who buy sex), and technologically mediated intimacies (e.g., on-line dating and Tinder). I have also worked in collaboration with Auckland Libraries since 2013 to develop a youth development programme called: Youth Empowerment Aotearoa (YEA) which draws on critical pedagogy, feminist psychology and liberation psychology to offer teens critical thinking skills in a noisy and technologically mediated social context. I typically use qualitative research methodologies including a variety of discursive approaches and extend these analyses using quantitative methods. When it comes to most topics, I have an analytic interest in both the personal narratives of individuals, as well as the critical analysis of popular culture/media representations related to these, followed by large scale surveys that can collect meaningful statistics on such topics. - See more at:


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    Senior Lecturer, Psychology, University of Auckland