Dr Ottilie Stolte

Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waikato

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About Ottilie

Dr Stolte works as an interdisciplinary social scientist who applies societal, community, relational and critical approaches to her research.


Health; Poverty; Psychology; Social Science Research; Sociology

Homelessness, poverty, health inequalities, qualitative methods, everyday life, place, community, culture, social transformation, human dimensions of ecological restoration

Research Interests

Ottilie has broad interests in contemporary societal issues, inequalities and structural change. Key research interests (informed by working alongside affected communities), include poverty, homelessness, health inequalities, and sustainability. Using mostly in-depth and relational qualitative research, Ottilie seeks to understand psychological issues within the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental contexts of people's everyday lives.

Recent Publications

  • Graham, R., Stolte, O., & Atatoa-Carr, P. (2022). Cup of tea to keep warm. International Journal on Homelessness, 1-17. doi:10.5206/ijoh.2022.1.14242 Open Access version:

  • Hodgetts, D., Andriolo, A., Stolte, O., & King, P. (2021). An impressionistic orientation towards visual inquiry into the conduct of everyday life. Qualitative Research in Psychology. doi:10.1080/14780887.2021.1901165

  • Elliot Noe, E., Clarkson, B. D., & Stolte, O. (2021). The “desire to have it all”: multiple priorities for urban gardens reduces space for native nature. Ecology and Society, 26(2). doi:10.5751/es-12515-260243 Open Access version:

  • Stolte, O. (2021). Go hard, go early: Alternatives to the treatment model for addressing poverty, inequality and mental distress in Aotearoa New Zealand. Psychology Aotearoa, 13(2), 89-91.

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Papers Taught


I supervise students across a range of community-orientated topics/issues, with a focus on using in-depth and engaged qualitative methods.

Completed PhDs

  • Elizabeth Elliot-Noe: The capacity of urban restored sites to support native birds: Ecological or social restoration? 
  • Rebekah Graham: A rupture in food traditions is a rupture in self.
  • Shemana Cassim: Oceans away: Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand: Explorations of hybrid identities, distance and everyday material practices.
  • David Anstiss: Connecting with men: An analysis of men’s support and project groups.
  • Mohi Rua: Māori men and relational notions of health.
  • Wen Li: Shifting selves: Home beyond the house: A study of ageing, housing and wellbeing of older Chinese migrants to New Zealand.

Completed Masters:

  • James Major: Addressing Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing crisis.
  • Shaun Foley: A community health perspective of youth suicide in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
  • Rebecca Jex-Blake: Hidden hardship in Aotearoa: An explorative study of older adult hardship.
  • Nikki Wade: Experiences of sole mothers in the context of Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).
  • Cait Cresswell: Housing, mental health and homelessness.
  • Chian Yow Kwek: Am I employable? Recent graduates’ viewpoints of employability.
  • Rebekah Graham: "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are". Food, culture and re-membering: A New Zealand case study approach.
  • Shemana Cassim: Re-membering those lost: The role of materiality in narrative repair following a natural disaster.
  • Brooke Hayward: To medicate or not to medicate? Exchange, identity and care in everyday household medication practices.
  • Jerrie Hill  Homeless women's experiences: Four case studies.
  • Sally Mueller: How do you sleep at night? Investigating media representations and victim legitimacy of homeless individuals in the New Zealand news media.
  • Anna Scanlen: The health and wellbeing of homeless people: Complexities around the provision of healthcare.
  • Esmae McKenzie-Norton: The emotional lives of men: The complexities of expressing emotions.