Faculty of Education and Social Work


Research areas

Faculty research areas diagram

Harnessing the potential of superdiversity

We live in a cultur­ally and linguistically superdiverse society. According to the latest census data, New Zealand is home to 213 ethnicities and 160 languages. Auckland, home to the country’s largest and best performing Faculty of Education and Social Work, is among the most diverse in the world.1

Superdiversity creates new and multiple dynamic personal interactions (e.g., gender, age, class, religion, migration status, nationality).  This “diversification of diversity” leads to increasingly complex interactions, and understanding them requires multi-layered approaches.2

Our faculty focuses our research efforts to harness the potential of superdiversity in education and social justice issues - nationally, regionally and globally.

Our commitment to the highest quality research ensures that our teaching is informed by the most current research and evidence from practice. Faculty researchers explore educational and social science research from a wide range of perspectives, much of which is aligned to the central theme of superdiversity and five key sub-themes listed below.

 

  • Leading learning

    The overarching goal of this sub-theme is the promotion of scholarship and research into teaching and learning at all levels that will make a positive impact on practice and outcomes.

  • Advancing equity

    The overarching goal of this sub-theme is the promotion of scholarship, research and practice that will advance equity for all sectors of society.

  • Promoting lifelong wellbeing

    The overarching goal of this sub-theme is the promotion of scholarship, research and practice that will enhance social change, social justice, and well-being for all sectors of society.

  • Enhancing indigenous opportunities

    The overarching goal of this sub-theme is the promotion of scholarship and research into indigenous issues and concerns that will make a positive impact for Māori.

  • Supporting intercultural inclusiveness

    The overarching goal of this sub-theme is the promotion of scholarship and research that recognise that, as an institution located in a superdiverse city, we have much to contribute in this space internationally.

 

1Chen, M. (2015).  Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand.  Auckland, NZ: Superdiversity Centre.

2Vertovec, S. (2014). Reading ‘Super-Diversity’. In Anderson, B. & Keith, M. (Eds.). Migration: The Compas Anthology. Oxford, UK: ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.