Dr Irene De Haan

PhD, MA (Hons), MSW Applied (Hons)


Irene managed a community-based family support organisation for 16 years. Her other previous professional roles include Senior Advisor at the Office of the Chief Social Worker and Principal Community Engagement Advisor at the Families Commission. For the past seven years Irene has chaired the regional family violence mortality reviews undertaken for the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Research | Current

Irene’s research focusses on the prevention of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence, and the promotion of resilience and well-being. Her doctoral research used narrative inquiry to explore support for families in transition to parenthood. She is currently involved in several research projects: the role of schools in preventing child maltreatment; the nature of effective support for families experiencing difficulties; and new strategies for dealing with apsects of intimate partner violence, especially coercive control and entrapment. 

View Irene's Google Scholar profile here

Teaching | Current

SOCCHFAM 734 Issues in Child Welfare and Protection

SOCWORK 723 Social Work in the New Zealand Context

SOCCHFAM 700 Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses

SOCCHFAM 215 Whanau Family Aiga


Postgraduate supervision

Irene supervises students working on doctoral, Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy research, with topics connected to family violence; child protection; and service provision, especially community-based strategies.


Social Policy, Evaluation and Research (SPEaR) 3-year doctoral scholarship

Designed and helped operationalise an out-of-school care consultation that won an International Association for Public Participation Merit Award.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Registered social worker

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • de Haan, I., & Connolly, M. (2019). More Nuanced Universal Services for New Parents: Avoiding Assumptions of Homogeneity. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SERVICE RESEARCH, 45 (5), 727-738. 10.1080/01488376.2018.1511882
  • de Haan, I., Joy, E., Beddoe, L., & Iam, S. (2019). "The tip of the iceberg": Multiple thresholds in schools' detecting and reporting of child abuse and neglect. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 96, 278-285. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.10.034
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46198
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Eileen Joy
  • Beddoe, E., De Haan, I., & Joy, E. (2018). “If you could change two things”: Social workers in schools talk about what could improve schools’ responses to child abuse and neglect. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 30 (1), 45-57. 10.11157/anzswj-vol30iss1id420
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Eileen Joy
  • Thorburn, N., & de Haan, I. (2017). Connecting through chaos: Escape behaviour among sex-working adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 12 (1), 32-40. 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1188133
  • Connolly, M., de Haan, I., & Crawford, J. (2017). Focus on stability: A cohort of young children in statutory care in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Social Work, 60 (1), 111-125. 10.1177/0020872814554855
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34028
  • De Haan, I. (2016). Supporting transition to parenthood in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 28 (3), 4-14. 10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss3id243
  • Sampson, J., Marlowe, J., De Haan, I., & Bartley, A. (2016). Resettlement journeys: A pathway to success? An analysis of the experiences of young people from refugee backgrounds in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (1), 31-48. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Marlowe, Allen Bartley
  • Wilson, D., Smith, R., Tolmie, J., & de Haan, I. (2015). Becoming better helpers: Rethinking language to move beyond simplistic responses to women experiencing intimate partner violence. Policy Quarterly, 11 (1), 25-31.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34022
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Tolmie

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 502
New Zealand