Paulette Margaret Benton-Greig

MA(Hons), LLB, BA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Born and raised in Auckland, I studied law, politics and women's studies as an undergraduate at the University of Otago. Returning to Auckland, I completed a Masters of Arts including an honours year and a thesis concerned with changing child custody and domestic violence law and policy. After some travel, I developed a careeer in people helping and social services, both as an advocate and, more latterly, in management and development (research, policy, leadership). I've now returned to the university environment in order to deepen my skills and expertise in research, and refresh and grow my knowledge base in various gender and sexuality issues. Alongside of my current PhD research (part-time) I work on a number of other projects - teaching in gender and sexuality, research on sexual offending and law reform, and leadership in restorative justice service provision.         

Research | Current

My doctoral research is concerned with contemporary gendered sexuality and involves talking with people about their experiences of using online technologies for sexual purposes. I'm interested in how they make use of such technologies, the interactions they have and the meanings and effects of those. How are websites and apps changing the way we seek sexual partners and how those meetings play out? What are the dilemmas and dynamics of these new(er) mediums for meeting people? How do they reflect and/or impact how we do personal relationships and our socio-cultural context?

Academically, I'm interested in mediated and commodified intimacies, relationality and sociality, gender relations and sexual narratives, issues in gender and justice, in particular justice responses to sexual offending.   

Teaching | Current

I have recently taught or contributed to: Gender and the Culture of Everyday Life, Anthropology of Human Sexuality, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropological Theory, Gender and Globalisation.

Areas of expertise

I have a broad interest in the socio-cultural dynamics of gender and sexuality and have worked in research, advocacy and social service roles on a range of sexuality and gender related issues - from mediated culture, to teenage parenting, to sexual violence, to restorative justice and more. They have in common an intellectual inquiry into the social conditions that will support freedom and justice in sexual and gender relations for everyone. 

I have contributed to many social service and advocacy organisations at management and governance level and have an abiding interest in, and some experience of, how we work for social change, social justice, and enlightened social policy. I've written a good number of submissions and reports, position papers, organisational policies, teaching and resource manuals etc and have contributed to a number of national level leadership forums across research, services provision, law reform and related issues. As such I have strong strategic and organisational leadership skills.

One of my current roles is as the project manager and research assistant to the Marsden funded, critical psychology located project 'Pornography in the Public Eye'. The project aims to revitalise wide critical engagement with the place of pornography in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand. For more information see I am also  a Board member of Project Restore which developed and now provides restorative justice services for people effected by sexual violence.      


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Benton-Greig, P., Gamage, D., & Gavey, N. (2017). Doing and denying sexism: Online responses to a New Zealand feminist campaign against sexist advertising. Feminist Media Studies, 1-17. 10.1080/14680777.2017.1367703
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Gavey
  • Sills, S., Pickens, C., Beach, K., Jones, L., Calder-Dawe, O., Benton-Greig, P., & Gavey, N. (2016). Rape culture and social media: Young critics and a feminist counterpublic. Feminist Media Studies, 16 (6), 935-951. 10.1080/14680777.2015.1137962
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Gavey
  • Gavey, N., Braun, V., Tyler, L., Hitchcock, A., Calder-Dawe, O., Liebert, R., ... Benton-Greig, P. (2013). Pornography in the public eye: A panel presentation and discussion. Paper presented at Women's Studies Association (NZ) Conference 2013, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. 26 April - 28 April 2013. Feminist futures: Transforming the 21st century: Conference proceedings.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Gavey
  • Gavey, N., Braun, V., Benton-Greig, P. M., Tyler, L., Calder-Dawe, O., Liebert, R., ... Le Grice, J. (2013). Sexual Politics Now: Raising questions about pornography and beyond. Related URL.
  • Benton-Greig, P. M. (2011). The Needs of Victims in Sexual Offence Trials. Canterbury Law Review, 17 (1), 88-95.
  • Benton-Greig, P. M. (1997). Feminist ethnography: On the politics of doing research on women. Women's Studies Journal, 13 (1), 105-122. Related URL.

Contact details

Office hours

Generally available and I check email regularly.  

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 231
New Zealand

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