Faculty of Education and Social Work


About us

Welcome to the School of Critical Studies in Education.

The School of Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) academics and students are engaged in research and scholarship centred on a common theme: the place of education and its transformative potential in New Zealand society, the Pacific region and the world.

Our aim is to move education debates forward to improve learner outcomes and societal opportunity.

‘Critical’ education means we often focus on power relations associated with culture, ethnicity, identity, gender, disability, class and poverty, the reproduction of (dis)advantage, and the counter point of realising human potential through education. CRSTIE courses reflect a range of theoretical and methodological orientations within a critical social theory frame.

Meet Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) academics here

Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) has particular strengths in Pasifika Education.

Many of our students’  research directly links to their practice in education, while others explore the sociological, philosophical and historical dimensions of education through research.

Our graduates include leaders and teachers in early childhood education, schooling and tertiary education; community educators; advisors to governments in New Zealand and overseas, education consultants in developing nations; and academics.

Meet Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) doctoral candidates here

CRSTIE academics and students often work in research clusters around topics of interest, such as, the place of knowledge in education, applied theatre, Pacific and international education, higher education, sexuality education or researching children and young people.

Read about our research clusters here

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Contact details


By email

School Administrator
Amanda Moller: a.moller@auckland.ac.nz

Head of School
Associate Professor Carol Mutch: c.mutch@auckland.ac.nz

By telephone

+64 9 623 8899

By mail

School of Critical Studies in Education
Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92601
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150
NEW ZEALAND

Physical address

School of Critical Studies in Education
N Block Level 3
Gate 4
60 Epsom Ave
Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Auckland
74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom
Auckland 1023
NEW ZEALAND

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