Faculty of Education and Social Work

Te Whakatere Au Papori: Navigating Social Currents

Investigating how children and young people navigate and negotiate their social worlds.

Te Whakatere Au Pāpori

Te Whakatere au Pāpori (Navigating Social Currents) 1 was instigated in 2012 to bring together researchers interested in how children and young people navigate and negotiate their social worlds.

We ask how children and young people:

  • come to understand their social worlds and their place within them through lenses such as identity, citizenship, participation, community or children’s voice;
  • make sense of unexpected happenings in their social worlds through lenses such as resilience, disaster response and recovery, transience, migration or becoming refugees; or
  • make sense of the social issues they face such as poverty, friendships or bullying.

Since its launch Te Whakatere au Pāpori has hosted an international conference, presented symposia at four international conferences and held regular faculty-wide research seminars as well as producing three special issues of peer reviewed journals and a range of other research outputs.



  • Meet our members

    Members of Te Whakatere are drawn from across the Faculty and have links to researchers across the wider university and in other institutions.

  • Meet our student members

    Te Whakatere offers the opportunity for postgraduate students and Summer Scholars to be part of a community of researchers and to participate in seminars, symposia and publications.

  • Our seminars and symposia

    Te Whakatere researchers have presented seminars at The University of Auckland. They have also delivered papers and participated in symposia at conferences within New Zealand and internationally.

  • Publications

    Te Whakatere researchers have published books, book chapters and journal articles across a wide range of topics.

  • Media Engagement

    Te Whakatere researchers have had their work highlighted on radio, television, in newspapers and magazines and on the web.




  1. With thanks to Hemi Dale with his help in finding a suitable name and metaphor.