Dr Octavia Calder-Dawe

BABSc (Hons)

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Honorary Academic

Research | Current

Octavia is a critical feminist social psychologist with a broad interest in how social knowledge shapes experience, desires and practices. She is particularly interested in thinking through the social justice implications of knowledge addressing gender and sexuality. Octavia is also interested in the theory and practice of transformative social change.

Octavia’s doctoral research is part of the Marsden funded ‘Pornography in the Public Eye’ research project. Octavia’s thesis is structured around the design and praxis of social change-oriented workshops and interviews with teenagers addressing mundane (hetero)sexism and gender inequality.


Teaching | Current

2016                     Professional Teaching Fellow, The University of Auckland (course-coordinator and lecturer, Psych 726: Emotion and Identity)

2015-2016         Guest lecturer, Psych 208: Producing Psychological Knowledge

2014-2015       Guest lecturer, Psych 319: Psychology and Gender

2013-2016         Tutor, Psych 319: Psychology and Gender

Areas of expertise

Critical social psychology, feminist psychology, participatory research methods.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Calder-Dawe, O., & Gavey, N. (2016). Making sense of everyday sexism: Young people and the gendered contours of sexism. Women's Studies International Forum, 55, 1-9. 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.11.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Gavey
  • Calder-Dawe, O. (2015). The Choreography of Everyday Sexism: Reworking Sexism in Interaction. New Formations, 86 (86), 89-105. 10.3898/NEWF.86.05.2015
  • Calder-Dawe, O. (2014). Gender, sexism & social activism: A youth workshop resource (rev May 2014). Auckland, New Zealand: Sexual Politics Now, School of Psychology, University of Auckland. Pages: 115. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22235


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level B, Room B10
New Zealand

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