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Dr Neville R Robertson

BA Cant, MSocSc, DipPsych(Com), PhD Waikato

Senior Lecturer

Community Psychology; Psychology

School of Psychology


Neville teaches in theCommunity Psychologyprogramme. He has a particular interest in family violence - mainly men's violence against women and children - an area in which he has worked for over 15 years as a researcher (often in collaboration with Ruth Busch of the Law School), as a practitioner (facilitates groups for men who batter) and consultant (providing training and advice to agencies).


Violence, particularly violence against women and children; institutional responses to violence (police, courts, health, social services etc.); community psychology.

Research Interests

As a community psychologist, Neville has a strong preference for applied research on community issues, particularly those in which issues of social justice are at stake. This includes programme evaluation - research which helps the development of social services and assesses their effectiveness.

He is particularly interested in institutional responses to violence against women. Other areas of interest are child abuse, the prevention of family violence, crime prevention generally, community development, and gender and cultural justice.

For a recent example of his work, seeLiving at the Cutting Edge: Women's Experiences of Protection Orders

Featured Publications

Forthcoming Publications

Recent Publications

  • Payne, P., & Robertson, N. (2015). A formative evaluation of the Waikato Family Safe Network Pilot (Report for Family Safe Network). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.

  • Somasekhar, S., Robertson, N. R., & Thakker, J. (2015). Domestic violence in the context of immigration: Narratives of Indian migrant women in New Zealand. In FWSA Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives (Feminist & Women's Studies Association). Conference held at University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.

  • Gosche, J., Masters-Awatere, B., & Robertson, N. (2015). Barriers and supports to the access of justice for Pasifika women affected by domestic violence. In 50th APS Annual Conference: Golden Jubilee: Celebrating the past, looking toward the future. Conference held at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

  • Towns, A., & Robertson, N. (2015). Making sense of men’s domestic violence against women. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Te Ao Tūroa - The World in Front of us. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

View all research publications by Neville Robertson


Prospective research students may wish to check out my approach to supervision by clickingHERE.

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Robertson, Dr Neville 9212 scorpio K.1.24 Psychology, School of

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