dr Octavia Calder-Dawe, BA, BSc (Hons), PhD

Octavia is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in qualitative and participatory methodologies. Trained in critical social psychology, she works from a critical sociocultural feminist perspective. Octavia’s research interests are focussed on supporting young people’s wellbeing, particularly in relation gender inequalities, sexism and discourses of masculinity and femininity. Currently, she is a collaborator on a project working with young people with a range of physical disabilities, exploring how the built environment and social attitudes affect mobility and inclusion in daily life.


Journal Articles

Calder-Dawe, O. & Gavey, N. (2017). Feminism, Foucault and Freire: Dynamic sociocultural research into sexism with teenagers. Qualitative Psychology (online first).

Calder-Dawe, O. & Gavey, N. (2017). Authentic feminist?: Authenticity and feminist identity in teenage feminists’ talk. British Journal of Social Psychology (online first).

Calder-Dawe, O. & Gavey, N. (2016). Jekyll and Hyde revisited: Young people’s constructions of feminism, feminists and the practice of “reasonable feminism.” Feminism & Psychology, 26(4), 487-507.

Sills, S., Pickens, C., Beach, K., Jones, L., Calder-Dawe, O., Benton-Greig, P., & Gavey, N. (2016). Rape culture and social media: Young critics and a feminist counterpublic. Feminist Media Studies, 16(6).

Calder-Dawe, O., & Gavey, N. (2016) Making sense of sexism: Young people and the gendered contours of sexism. Women’s Studies International Forum, 55, 1-9.

Calder-Dawe, O. (2015). The choreography of everyday sexism: Reworking sexism in interaction. New Formations, 86 (1), 89–105.



Calder-Dawe, O. (2014). Gender, sexism and social activism: A youth workshop resource. Auckland, New Zealand: Sexual Politics Now, School of Psychology, University of Auckland.

Calder-Dawe, O. & Gavey, N. (2013). Pornography in the public eye: Ethics and the art of engagement [Project briefing paper]. At