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Research interests

Ann Weatherall’s research involves video studies of social interaction ‘in the wild’ that is, in ordinary, professional and institutional settings - something which is surprisingly rare in psychology.  Working within social and discursive psychology, feminist psychology and conversation analysis her focus is on advancing knowledge in topics and issues at the heart of contemporary social science scholarship including age, gender, embodiment, emotion, identity, sexism and violence against girls and women. 

She has studied a wide range of settings including telephone calls for social support, telephone mediated dispute resolution, clinical/health care encounters, empowerment self-defence classes and market stall interactions.

The study of social interaction is an interdisciplinary enterprise that benefits from collaborations with others. Ann has links with leading scholars world-wide. She studied conversation analysis with Professors Emanuel Schegloff and John Heritage at the University of California, Los Angeles, had a sabbatical year in the Department of Culture and Communication at Linköping University, Sweden hosted by Professor Leelo Keevallik and most recently visited Professor Lorenza Mondada, Basel University, Switzerland where conversation analysis is being advanced through multi modal analyses of video data


I contribute to the delivery of the social psychology content in the BSc in psychology and the MSc conversion programmes.



Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Lancaster University

Psychology, BA (Hons), University of Otago

External positions

Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

5 Jul 202131 Jan 2024


  • BF Psychology
  • discursive social pscyhology
  • feminist psychology
  • conversation analysis
  • gender and language
  • violence prevention


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