Dr Allen Bartley

PhD, BA (Hons)

Research | Current

Research interests include:

  • Migration; Migrant adaptation and settlement in New Zealand
  • 1.5 generation New Zealanders and transnational migration
  • New Zealand biculturalism/multiculturalism and social cohesion

Current Projects:

  • Crossing Borders: An exploration of migrant professional workforce dynamics
    • Coming Home: The experiences of New Zealand social workers who have returned to professional practice at home after practising overseas (NZ Survey)
    • Social work employers and managers’ perspectives of migrant social workers (Qualitative comparative study: Auckland, London, Adelaide & Hartford, CT, USA)
  • The urban/digital nexus: Participation, belonging and social media in Auckland (a study of social media use by members of migrant communities in Auckland)

View Allen's GoogleScholar profile here

Teaching | Current


  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Human Services
  • Master of Social Work (Professional)
  • Masters & PhD thesis supervision

Teaching Areas

  • Supervision of PhD theses
  • Introductory Sociology for social work & the human services
  • Applied research methods
  • Clinical Data Mining and Practice-based Research in social work settings
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods & data analysis using NVivo and SPSS

Allen has also taught research methods in the postgraduate programme of the Sociology Department, and has supervised postgraduate thesis students from the Faculty of Arts.

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions include:

L. Chubb, PhD. Creating Conversations: Using Participatory Action to Develop a Platform for Sex Talk in Coast Province, Kenya.

R. Liu, PhD. The impact of religious adherence on civic engagement amongst New Zealand immigrants.

A. Martin, PhD. Transgression, Discipline and Child/Parent Relationship Dynamics.

S. Eisenberg, PhD. Immigration without immigrating: Psychological and social responses to life transitions.

L. Park, PhD. An exploration of the notion of trust experienced by Korean migrants living in Auckland.

S. Kim, MSW. The role of ethnic-based churches in supporting Korean migrants and their families in New Zealand.


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Chair, CHSSWK Graduate Committee
  • Faculty of Education Posgraduate Committee
  • BSW Year 1 Coordinator
  • BSW & MSWP recruitment coordination

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 312D
New Zealand

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