Reader, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University
I am a BioCultural scholar of religion. I use tools from the biological sciences to investigate spiritual habits and beliefs which affect people. I focus on dynamics at the level of individual and community well-being, charitable giving, and recovery to misfortune. I am a core member of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a 20 year longitudinal project following value change in a group of about 10,000 New Zealanders over time.The NZAVS was launched in 2009 by former Victoria University Religious Studies graduate, Associate Professor Chris G. Sibley. I have several post-graduates working on the NZAVS.