Dr Louise Humpage

2003 PhD, Sociology, Massey University, New Zealand

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Associate Professor


  • Associate Professor in Sociology and Discipline Convener for Gender Studies

Louise Humpage is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. After receiving a doctorate in Sociology from Massey University in 2003, she held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Melbourne for 2.5 years. She joined the Sociology Department in mid-2005.

Research | Current

  • Public attitudes to social citizenship
  • Social policy
  • Indigenous affairs policy
  • Refugee policy and settlement
  • Citizenship and national identity

For reviews of my book Policy Change, Public Attitudes and Social Citizenship: Does Neoliberalism Matter? The Policy Press, 2015 see:

Projects (current and recent)

2020 'INCOME SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19' (conducted with Auckland Action Against Poverty, Child Poverty Action Group and FIRST Union). See https://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Covid%2019%20survey%20report%2012%20October%20final.pdf

2018-2021 'Conditional Welfare: A Comparative Case Study of Income Management Policies' (Australian Research Council Discovery Award with Professor Greg Marston, Associate Professor Philip Mendes and Dr Shelley Bielefeld). See https://www.incomemanagementstudy.com/publications

For early findings on the New Zealand research see Youth Service and Money Management in New Zealand: Preliminary Research Findings

2016-2018 'New Zealand expatriates who return: Does citizenship engagement overseas make a difference to their integration and benefit New Zealand society?' (Faculty of Arts Research Development Fund grant).

New Zealand expatriates who return: Does citizenship engagement overseas make a difference to their reintegration and benefit New Zealand society? Summary findings

Tops tips for New Zealanders living overseas and thinking of returning to live in NZ

2015- 'Getting involved:  Civil society, national identity and belonging amongst expatriate New Zealanders in London

2015- 'A picture is worth a thousand words: Exploring refugee settlement and belonging through photographs' - Co-Investigator with Dr Jay Marlowe, Faculty of Arts/Education Research Development grants.

2012-2013 ‘Comparative analysis of international refugee resettlement international law obligations and policy’, World Universities Network grant - Associate-Investigator (project led by Chris Mahoney).

2010 "Constituting new political subjectivities: Young people, the citizenship dividend and the 'Super City'", Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences seeding Grant – Associate Investigator (project led by Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem).

2009-2011 "Do policies matter? A New Zealand case study of the impact policy change has on public attitudes towards social citizenship, 1990-2008", Faculty of Arts Research Development Fund Grant.

2009-2010 "The interplay between social citizenship rights and Indigenous rights in Canada and New Zealand: Tensions, disconnects, overlaps, opportunities?", Canadian High Commission Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program Award.

2008-2010 "A modelling tool to improve the policy response on issues concerning children and young people", Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Grant – Co-investigator (project led by Prof. Peter Davis).

2007-2009 "Conditional and contingent? New Zealand social citizenship in the context of neoliberalism", Royal Society Marsden Fund Fast-start Grant.

Focus group summary report: "Understanding New Zealand Social Citizenship"

Final report: "New Zealand Attitudes to Social Citizenship in the Context of Neoliberalism"

Final report executive summary: "New Zealand Attitudes to Social Citizenship in the Context of Neoliberalism"

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 103 New Zealand Social Policy and Social Justice

SOCIOL 317 Changing Welfare State Policies

Postgraduate supervision

Specialist areas

  • Social policy, welfare reform, indigenous affairs policy, refugee/immigration policy and settlement, public attitudes towards social citizenship.

Students supervised

  • 2018  Aditya Tejas "Policy Transfer of International Transfer of Border Protection and Immigration Policy Ideas between United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union" (45 point MA dissertation
  • 2018   Ben Samy "Child Poverty Measures" (45 point MA dissertation)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Brittany Whiley "Abortion law in Aotearoa/New Zealand: the policy narrative in theory and practice" (MA thesis)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Sam Vella "The situation of housing affordability and the National Party’s response 2008-2017" (MA thesis)
  • 2017-2018  Clark Tipene "Non-Electoral forms of participation amongst New Zealand youth’ (MA thesis)
  • 2017 (ongoing) Kathy Chambers "New Zealand fathers’ navigation of the Father -Worker nexus" (PhD thesis).
  • 2016-2017  Xiudi Zhang "Flying kites: How Chinese international students in New Zealand reflect on Chinese citizenship in a Third Space" (PhD thesis)
  • 2016-2018   Biyang Sun "How do people living in the Republic of China construct their own national identity/s? " (PhD thesis)
  • 2016 (ongoing) Charlotte Moore "Blurred boundaries: Social services and the mixed economy of welfare in Aotearoa New Zealand" (PhD thesis)
  • 2016 (ongoing) Jordan King " Making New Markets: The Role of the Regulatory Entrepreneur" (PhD thesis)
  • 2014-2015 Nicola Wright "Media representations and the 2013 welfare reforms: Substantiating gender equality?" (MA thesis)
  • 2014-2015  Simone Baillie "New Zealand's welfare reforms: National's response to 'welfare dependency'" (MA thesis)
  • 2012-2016 Mary. G. Joseph Mary G. Joseph "Indians in Aotearoa, New Zealand: A study of migrant social networks and intergration through an assemblage lens" (PhD thesis)
  • 2013-2014 Charlotte Moore "A whakapapa of Whanau Ora: A new form of delivering services to Maori?" (MA thesis)
  • 2013 Bingyu Wang "Transnationalism, transmigration and socio-cultural translatability: Is moral cosmopolitan identity a potential living paradigm for Chinese diasporas?" (PhD thesis)
  • 2012-2013 Annelise Bunce "Providing for children: Policy approaches to child poverty in New Zealand" (MA thesis)
  • 2010-2015 Jessica Terruhn “Challenging the standard story? Perceptions of whiteness among New Zealanders” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010-2014 Jingjing Zhang “The changes of family patterns and the quality of life among older Chinese people” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010-2014 Julia Schuster “Intersected identities of NGO activists in New Zealand/Aotearoa” (PhD thesis)
  • 2010 Sharissa Naidoo “Debt as the price of freedom? Student experiences and understandings of the Student Loan Scheme” (MA thesis)
  • 2007-2010 Greg Winkelmann "Rough Sleeping Pathways in New Zealand" (PhD thesis)
  • 2009 Anthony Naganathan "The Knowledge Economy: A Development and Chronology of Meaning" (MA thesis)
  • 2009 Stephen Farnsworth “'Changing the principles of social security? Welfare reform in the 2000s” (MA research portfolio dissertation)
  • 2008 Louise Crehan “Completing the picture: the true state of civic engagement in New Zealand” (Hons dissertation)
  • 2008 Hayley Reffell  “Citizenship and language capital” (Hons directed study)
  • 2007 Leesa Rowlands “Doctor knows best: A sociological account of the personal and professional lives of the General Practitioner” (MA thesis
  • 2005 Alperhan Babacan “Citizenship Rights in a Global World: A Comparative Analysis of Asylum Seeker Laws and Policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand” (PhD thesis)
  • 2004 Peter Sprekos Social capital and People with an Intellectual Disability” (Hons thesis)


MA adviser (Sociology/Criminology)

Managing editor of the New Zealand Sociology journal

Areas of expertise

Social policy; welfare reform; indigenous affairs policy; refugee policy and settlement; public attitudes to social citizenship.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Discipline Convener of Gender Studies

Member of the Students from Refugee Backgrounds Advisory Committee (University of Auckland)

Co-editor of the New Zealand Sociology journal


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Humpage, L. (2017). Does having an indigenous political party in government make a difference to social policy? The Māori Party in New Zealand. Journal of Social Policy, 46 (3), 475-494. 10.1017/S0047279417000022
  • Pierson, C., & Humpage, L. (2016). Coming together or drifting apart? Income maintenance in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Politics and Policy, 44 (2), 261-293. 10.1111/polp.12150
  • Edmiston, D., & Humpage, L. (2016). Resistance or resignation to welfare reform? The activist politics for and against social citizenship. Policy & Politics10.1332/030557316X14802575969590
  • Humpage, L. (2016). Income management in New Zealand and Australia: Differently framed but similarly problematic for Indigenous peoples. Critical Social Policy, 36 (4), 551-571. 10.1177/0261018316638459
  • Humpage, L. V. (2015). Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship: Does neoliberalism matter?. Bristol: The Policy Press. Pages: 288.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2012). Understanding Māori and Pasifika attitudes towards employment and the unemployed. New Zealand Sociology, 27 (2), 29-53. Related URL.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2011). What do New Zealanders think about welfare?. Policy Quarterly, 7 (2), 8-13.
  • Humpage, L. V. (2011). Changing policy, changing attitudes? Public opinion on employment relations in New Zealand, 1990-2008. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 6 (1-2), 86-99. 10.1080/1177083X.2011.617760
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15395

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 915
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