Professor Ann Weatherall

Ann is a research professor in psychology at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.  She studies language and communication drawing on, and further developing, feminist and discursive psychological theories and methods.  She has published 7 books and more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly publications on a wide range of gender issues including motherhood, sex work, and violence.  Her work has led to theoretical and empirical re-specifications of key disciplinary topics including age, cognition, emotion, gender and sexuality.  Currently, she is working to develop a new interactional model of care in social psychology.   Her research now uses video recordings of behaviour in naturally occurring settings  – something that she finds surprisingly rare in psychology given that observation of behaviour ‘in the wild’ is a proven scientific approach for understanding fundamental physical and social phenomena.  

Ann is the Principal Investigator and leads the project team, overseeing all its aspects. Follow this link to find out more about her work.

Bell Murphy

Bell is an accredited Empowerment Self-Defence teacher with Kia Haumaru (formerly Women’s Self Defence Network-Wāhine Toa). She holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology for which she received a Prestige Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and a Doctoral Scholarship from the University of Otago. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Otago Gender Studies Programme. Her research seeks to illuminate the meaning and praxis of empowerment in the context of feminist self defence programmes in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This terrain is explored through engagement with feminist and mana wāhine political theory, critical pedagogy and social work scholarship. The data is grounded in her experience as an empowerment self-defence a teacher, interviews and focus groups with other teachers and observations of their classes. She uses a mixture of autoethnography, thematic and narrative analyses. 

Bell’s roles include the production of best-practice video clips to be used by Kia Haumaru for teacher training resources, organising and teaching recorded self-defence courses, conducting analysis and co-writing academic research articles focusing on discourses of victimhood and agency and the use of true self defence success stories as pedagogical tools. 

Sarah Bowen (she/her)

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and is currently completing her Honours degree in Psychology. She is passionate about issues of gender and sexuality, particularly, how social structures and attitudes intersect to reinforce gender inequality. Her current research outside of the project explores messages rainbow rangatahi have for mental health professionals in training. Awarded a 2021 Summer Research Scholarship, Sarah’s research has previously focused on how empowerment self-defence instructors combat societal perceptions of women’s weakness by dismantling gender stereotypes.  

As a research assistant, Sarah is involved in the collection, transcription, and analysis of data, and is currently investigating instructors’ use of stories as a teaching tool in empowerment self-defence training. 

Hannah Aslett (she/her)

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Criminology, from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She is passionate about feminist criminology, and the reinforcement of power structures, stereotypes, and micro-aggressions that impact women-identifying people from diverse backgrounds. Hannah completed a research project entitled “A Feminist Analysis of the Media Representation of OnlyFans in the COVID-19 Pandemic” in her Honours year, focusing on the media coverage of women sex workers who used the online platform ‘OnlyFans’ during the initial year of the pandemic. Learning from her experience as a volunteer at the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre, Hannah has become committed to understanding and exploring women’s experiences of social injustice outside of her own western-centric perspective.  

As a research assistant, Hannah is involved in transcribing and processing filmed data and taking part in analytic group discussions. She is currently developing her research on the use of stories as a teaching tool in empowerment self-defence training. 

Professor Lorenza Mondada

Lorenza  is Professor of linguistics at the University of Basel. Her research deals with social interaction in ordinary, professional and institutional settings, within an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic perspective. Her focus is on video analysis and multimodality, researching how social interaction draws on a diversity of multimodal resources including language, gesture, gaze, body posture, movements, objects manipulations as well as multisensorial practices such as touching, tasting, smelling and seeing.  

Lorenza’s role is an advisory one, providing the project team with expert guidance on making video recordings to maximise their research potential and developing original multimodal conversation analytic lines of inquiry, She supports the work of the project by her participation in training workshops and data sessions. To learn more about Lorenza’s work, click here.

Chloe Te Moananui

Ngāti Tamaterā

Chloe is a Masters student with a Conjoint Degree in a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology and Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Criminology at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She is passionate about sexuality, racial and gender equality throughout different institutions such as home-life, sports, and in the workplace. She was awarded the Summer Research Scholarship in 2020 for this project and is currently working and living in Wellington. 

Chloe is involved in transcribing and processing filmed data and taking part in analytic group discussions. She is developing her research on the embodiment of strength/invulnerability and weakness/vulnerability. 

Amy Wikaira

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pukenga

Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Development studies, her main research interests include Cultural Pluralism and Public Policy. Amy is passionate about empowering Māori needs and aspirations within the State Sector to achieve better outcomes for Māori. She currently works as an Assistant Advisor, Māori Capability within the Public Service. 

As a research assistant, Amy brings knowledge of matauranga Māori and participates in analytic group discussions of filmed data. 

Meg Wolmarans

Meg is a Masters student at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminology. She is fascinated with how the complex mechanisms of talk intersect with criminal behaviour and the law.

Meg has joined the project as a Summer Research Scholar for 2021 and assists with collection, transcription and analysis of data. She is currently developing research on the discourse of legality in self defence and how this may contribute to and inform empowerment self defence training and laws around sexual violence.

Talk and the Body

School of Psychology / Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro

Victoria University of Wellington / Te Herenga Waka
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
Aotearoa New Zealand | 0800 04 04 04

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