Dr Steve Matthewman

MA, PhD

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

  • Social theory, technology studies, the underbelly of modernity, the sociology of accidents and disasters

My current projects typically combine all of the abovementioned subjects.

  1. The prime focus is currently on a sole-authored authored monograph on “everyday disasters” (contracted to Palgrave Macmillan, UK)
  2. With a colleague in Australia I am looking to put together an edited journal collection on sociology, war, the military and memorialisation
  3. I have several planned book chapters, including work on the theoretical contributions of Bruno Latour, the politics of Pākehā ethnicity, and social inequality

I have works in press with the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), the Journal of Sociology, and Thesis Eleven
 

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Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 100 Issues and Themes in Sociology

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral theses

  • Everyday Struggle: Class Division & Precarious Work and Life in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
  • Researching Middle-class Consumption in Bangladesh: Contextualising a Postcolonial Moral Economy
  • Financialisation, Culture and Late Modernity: A Genealogy of ‘Too Big to Fail’.
  • Social Vulnerability in Disasters: Immigrants, Linguistic Minorities and Refugess in Christchurch and Tohoku. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • Green Buildings: Performance and Productivity. Co-supervision with the School of Architecture
  • Does Organisational Form and Function make a Difference to the Equitable Delivery of Services? An Enquiry into the Equity Performance of Public Hospitals in New Zealand under Changing Welfare State Arrangements. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • Claiming the Century: The Promise of Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. Vice Chancellor's Prize for Best Thesis
  • Pākehā Politics, Identity and Belonging: A Study of Settler Colonial Whiteness.New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship
  • Assessing Student Capacity, Networks, and Career Expectations Among Undergraduate Students at The University of Auckland. University of Auckland International Doctoral Bursary
  • "The Emergence of Computer Ethics in New Zealand"
  • "Foundations and Formation of Hapahaole Identity"
  • "The Role of the Internet in Strengthening Maori Identity"
  • "E.P. Thompson’s Poverty of Theory in Sociological Perspective"
  • "The Sociology of Computing"


Masters theses

  • "Interactive Media as Architecture of Control?"
  • “Risk Society Revisited”
  • “The Death of Utopia”
  • “Stuck  Fast: A Critical Analysis of the “New Mobilities Paradigm”, Winner of the Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis in 2011
  • “Grey Area: The Social Forces that Shape New Zealand’s Rest Home Industry”, Winner of the Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis in 2009
  • "Personal Journaling Online or “Blogging” and its Perceived Effects on Relationships and Self: A Cross-National Study"
  • "Visualizing Evil: How the Holocaust is Remembered and Represented"
  • "The Sociology of Modern Weaponry on the Western Front, 1914-1918"
  • "Cybermen in Cyberspace: Gay Men HIV, Risk, Identity and the Internet"
  • "Origins of The 'New Economy'"
  • "Fears and Dreams of Utopia: The Technophobe vs the Technofile, Towards a Middle Ground"


Directed study

  • "Thinking About Things: Actor-Network Theory and its Prehistory"
     

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Recent Conferences and Invited Papers:

2016: with Shinya Uekusa: ‘Vulnerable and Resilient? Immigrants and Refugees in Disasters’, Conference Proceedings of Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected, 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, University of Auckland, 7-9 September.

2016: ‘Electricity and Urban Vulnerability: A Sociology of Power’, The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, 3rd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14. 

2016: ‘Political Economy and Everyday Disaster’, The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, 3rd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14.

2015: 'Beck's Risk Society Thesis: A Critical Appraisal', Children of the Revolutions, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand annual conference, University of Waikato, 9-11 December.

2015: 'Look no Further than the Exterior: Corruption in Godzone?' Corruption Downunder Workshop, The University of Auckland, 30 November. 

2015: 'Mobile Disasters: Comprehending today's Catastrophes', Neoliberalism and Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific, The Australian Sociological Association Conference, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, 23-26 November.

2015: 'How to Perform a Social Autopsy: Sociology, Heatwaves and Health-centred Risk Reduction', Dealing with Disasters Conference (DwD 2015), Northumbra University, Newcastle, England, 17-18 September.

2015: 'Mobile Disasters: Comprehending Today's Catastrophe's', Mobilities in a Dangerous World: 6th Mobilities Symposium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, 25-26 June. 

2014:‘The Sociological Significance of Personal Medical Devices’, The Social Impact of the Canterbury Earthquakes, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 4-5 December. 

2014: Keynote: 'Theorising Personal Medical Devices: Some Sociological Considerations', Symposium – Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives, Wellcome Trust/University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 18-19 September.

2014: 'Forget the Future: The Time is Now', Unnatural Futures, Arts Environment Research Group, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 3-4 July.

2013: ‘Apocalypse Now: Some Suggestions for the Sociology of Disasters’, Re-imagining Sociology, Re-imagining Society, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, The University of Auckland, 2-4 December.

2013: Keynote: ‘Everyday Disaster’, Disaster! A Symposium, Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, Dunedin, 27-29 November.

2013: ‘Dealing with Disasters: Some Warnings from Science and Technology Studies (STS) ’, Dealing with Disasters (DwD 2013) together with the 4th Conference of the IDRiM Society (2013), Northumbria University, Newcastle, England, 4-6 September.

2012: ‘Blackouts: A Sociology of Power (Failure)’, Sociology in an Age of Austerity, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 11-13 April.

2011: with H. BYRD: ‘Blackouts: A Sociology of Power (Failure)’, Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias, Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 7-9 December.

2011: ‘Slow Violence: Some Notes on a Crisis to Come’, Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis, Postcolonial Studies Research Network, University of Otago, 28-30 November.

2011: with H. BYRD: ‘What Happens When the Lights Go Out? Adapting to Power Loss: A Study of Power Outages in 26 countries over 10 years’, 7th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim, University of Auckland, 24-26 November.

2011: ‘Waiting to Happen: The Accident in Social Theory’, Social Relations in Turbulent Times, 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-10 September.

2011: with H. BYRD: ‘Infrastructural Failure and Disrupted Mobilities: When the Power Goes Out’, Mobilities and Neighbourhoods: 2nd Mobilities Symposium, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 15-16 July.

2011: ‘Settling In: The 'White Natives' of New Zealand’, 60 Years of Sociology, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics, London, England, 6-8 April.

Peer reviewing:

Journals: British Journal of Sociology (Wiley-Blackwell: UK), Buildings (MDPI: Switzerland), Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography (Blackwell: Sweden), International Review of the Red Cross (ICRG/Cambridge University Press), Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Elseveir: UK), Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (Emerald: UK), Journal of Sociology (SAGE: Australia), Nature + Culture (Berghahn: Germany), New Zealand Sociology (SAANZ: NZ), Philosophy and Technology (Springer: US), Przestrzeń Społeczna/ Social Space  (Poland), RIMCIS: International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences (Spain), SITES: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ASAANZ/University of Otago),  Social Science and Medicine (Elsevier: UK), The Sociological Review (Wiley-Blackwell: UK), Sociology (SAGE: UK), Southeastern Geographer (University of North Carolina Press: USA), Technology in Society: An International Journal (Elsevier: USA), Time & Society (SAGE: UK), Tourist Studies (SAGE: UK), Women’s Studies Journal (Women's Studies Association/Otago University Press, New Zealand).

Books: Anthem Press (UK), Auckland University Press (NZ), Bloomsbury Academic (UK), Cengage Learning (Australia), Palgrave Macmillan (UK), Pearson (NZ), Routledge (USA), SAGE (UK), UNESCO (EOLSS: UK)

Grants: AUT, Marsden Fund

Universities: Sociology Programme, Victoria University of Wellington, Pre-approval Panel, Conflict Resolution BA and MA, AUT

Prizes: The SAANZ Postgraduate Student Essay Prize

University/Profesional Service:

President, the Sociological Association of Aoteroa New Zealand

Head of Disciplinary Area, Sociology

University Discipline Committee

Previous includes: Associate Dean (Students), University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC), Member at Large, Executive of the Association of University Staff (Auckland)

Journals:

Editorial Advisory Board, New Zealand Sociology - current

Subject Editor, Przestrzeń Społeczna/Social Space (Poland) -current          

Associate Editorial Board Member of Sociology (United Kingdom), the journal of the British Sociological Association (2010-2013)

Editor of special editions of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society and New Zealand Sociology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Matthewman, S. D. (2017). Bruno Latour. In R. Stones (Ed.) Key Sociological Thinkers (pp. 364-374). London: Palgrave.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34101
  • Uekusa, S., & Matthewman, S. (2017). Vulnerable and resilient? Immigrants and refugees in the 2010–2011 Canterbury and Tohoku disasters. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 22, 355-361. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.02.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shinya Uekusa
  • Matthewman, S. (2017). Pākehā Ethnicity: The Politics of White Privilege. In S. Bell, V. Elizabeth, T. McIntosh, M. Wynyard (Eds.) A Land of Milk and Honey? Making Sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 83-94). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33056
  • Matthewman, S. (2016). Мишель Фуко, Технология и Акторно-сетевая теория. TOPOS Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32236
  • West, B., & Matthewman, S. (2016). Towards a strong program in the sociology of war, the military and civil society. Journal of Sociology, 52 (3), 482-499. 10.1177/1440783316654998
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31189
  • Matthewman, S. (2015). Disasters, Risks and Revelation Making Sense of Our Times. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 216.
  • Matthewman, S. (2015). Risk society revisited, again. Thesis Eleven, 128 (1), 141-152. 10.1177/0725513615587627
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26799
  • Crothers, C., Macpherson, C., & Matthewman, S. (2015). History of auckland sociology department (Together with AUT). New Zealand Sociology, 29 (4), 76-100.

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HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 9, Room 913
10 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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