College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Creative thinking for a changing world

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With a Massey qualification in humanities or social sciences, you can inspire people, shape policy, solve problems and create new ways of thinking.

Study humanities and social sciences

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Whether you’re a student or research partner, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers.

Humanities and social sciences research

Meet our staff

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

Head of College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Paul Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has led numerous externally funded research programmes. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media.

Professor Chris Gallavin

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor Rouben Azizian

Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies

Professor Glenn Banks

Head of School of People, Environment and Planning

Professor Meihana Durie

Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi / School of Māori Knowledge

Associate Professor Ross Flett

Head of School of Psychology

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Head of School of English and Media Studies

Professor John O'Neil

Head of Institute of Education

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor

Head of School of Humanities

Professor Cynthia White

Research Director

Professor Richard Shaw

Director, Bachelor of Arts (External Connections)

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Our leading academics and scientists ensure their cutting-edge research works hard in the real world, not just in the classroom or laboratory. Find out more about our clinics, where you can benefit from the latest research and expertise from Massey's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Massey psychology clinics

Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:

Speech Language Therapy Clinic

Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.

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