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

Carroll, P., Calder-Dawe, O., Witten, K., & Asiasiga, L. (2018). A Prefigurative Politics of Play in Public Places: Avoiding cracks, Being a super-hero, Climbing trees– children claim their democratic ‘right to the city’ through an ABC of play. Space and Culture, published online 7 September, DOI: 10.1177/1206331218797546. A448

Carroll, P., Witten, K., Calder-Dawe, O., Smith, M., Kearns, R., Asiasiga, L., Lin, J., Kayes, N., Mavoa, S. (2018). Enabling Participation for Disabled young People: Study Protocol. BMC Public Health, 18(712), A444

Witten, K., Carroll, P., Calder-Dawe, O., Smith, M., Field, A., Hosking, J., & Future Streets Team. (2018). Te Ara Mua –Future Streets: Knowledge exchange and the highs and lows of researcher-practitioner collaboration to design active travel infrastructure. Journal of Transport & Health, 9, 34-33. A440

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