​​eSocSci | Hui Rangahau Tahi​

Connecting New Zealand social scientists to build inclusive and outward-looking communities of knowledge.​

​Nau mai, haere Mai, Welcome to eSocSci Hui Rangahau Tahi
​eSocSci is a vibrant, interconnected community creating and sharing social research and insights for social action

​Addressing inequity is an increasingly important undertaking for public health practitioners and researchers. While most often this has required significant attention be placed on those perceived as disadvantaged, there is growing concern that appropriate examination of societal privilege as a determinant of health status also be considered. In her recently completed PhD, Dr. Borell utilised a Kaupapa Māori approach to examine the role of societal privilege in the creation and maintenance of ethnic health disparities in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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Te Tiriti O Waitangi

The Leiden Statement:
The Role of Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Global Research Landscape

The social sciences and humanities are indispensable to understanding and addressing contemporary global challenges and to grasping emerging opportunities.
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Latest Posts

Book Review: The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialisation and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany by Cynthia Miller-Idriss
In The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialisation and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany, Cynthia Miller-Idriss investigates how the fashionable, and[...]
Māori Article of the Week: Quantitative Analysis of Māori Prosody from Three Generations by Mixdorff, Watson, and Keegan
This study is a preliminary quantitative analysis of prosodic features of Māori from three groups of male speakers from different[...]
National Science Challenge Research Article of the Week: Welfare costs of coordinated infrastructure investments: the case of competing transport modes by Meade and Grimes
Infrastructure investments such as in rail and road networks are often undertaken by different parties that have differing degrees of[...]
Shelly Steward: Teaching in a Trump Country: The Political Potential of Introductory Sociology
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Open Access Article of the Week: Time to Face the Music: Musical Colonization and Appropriation in Disney’s Moana by Robin Armstrong
Despite Disney’s presentation of Moana as a culturally accurate portrayal of Polynesian culture, the film suffers from Western ethnocentrism, specifically[...]
Early Career and Postgraduate Advice Article of the Week: Lights, cameras, science: Using video to engage broader audiences by Katie Pratt
There’s no escaping the fact that having broader impact activities on your CV is a must for any researcher today.[...]
Marken and Kluch: The Effects of Probing in Survey Research
Probing is a common technique that researchers use in interviewer-administered surveys when respondents initially refuse to answer a question or[...]
Keyser and Martin: Why New Zealanders are feeling the hard edge of Australia’s deportation policy
Deportations of foreigners on temporary visas have been on the rise in Australia since the government amended its immigration law[...]
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To name something is to stake a claim, an action which, while having a moment of origin, requires dynamic attention[...]
Simon Baker: China could overtake US on research impact by mid-2020s
China could overtake the US on a key measure of research quality by the mid-2020s, with potentially major implications for[...]
eSocSci Director made Royal Society of New Zealand Royal Society Companion
eSocSci Director Associate Professor Robin Peace was one of six women to receive the honour of Companion for their tireless[...]
National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities Research: Spatial Impacts of Endogenously Determined Infrastructure Investment by Cochrane, Grimes, McCann, and Poot
We address three questions: Do infrastructure investments impact on local incomes, population and land values? Do these effects spill over[...]
Book Review: The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) by Jamie Bartlett
Technology firms have long been run under a simple rule: scale fast, ask questions later. Over the last thirty years,[...]
Māori Article of the Week: Huakina mai te tatau o tōu whare: Opening University Doors to Indigenous Students
The massification of higher education continues to transform student cohorts worldwide and to challenge what it means to teach students[...]
Michael Cameron: What the Blitz can tell us about the cost of land use restrictions
Land use regulations are frequently cited as impediments to urban development, economic growth or employment growth (and they are a[...]

​Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa​

eSocSci's ​Pasifika Network ​held a series of talanoa (seminars) from 2007-12 which were recently published in ​Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture​.
​The Pasifika Network talanoa are a joint project across New Zealand universities to help attract Pacific post-graduates into social science research by breaking down feelings of academic and geographic isolation Pacific students might experience and to assist in building a vibrant Pacific post-graduate research community. This selection of papers presents a rich sample of Pasifika postgraduate research subjects and methodologies employed. ​Read More