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Dr Vincent Wijeysingha BA, PGDip, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Social Work

Vincent Wijeysingha qualified as a social worker in 1995, took his doctorate from Sheffield University in 2002, then worked in child protection, mainly in London. In 2009, he returned to his native Singapore where he worked with low-waged migrant workers and on LGBT rights while teaching at a local university. He came to New Zealand in 2015 where he has worked as a social policy analyst and social work lecturer. He joined Massey in February 2020.


Contact details

  • Ph: 64 (0)6 951 6503
    Location: Room 7.23, Social Sciences Tower, Main Drive
    Campus: Palmerston North


  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (1996)
  • Postgradute Diploma in Applied Professional Studies with Distinction - Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (2017)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - The University of Sheffield (2002)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Registration, SWRB, Social Workers Registration Board
  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University
  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social policy; Civil society activism; NGOs.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Policy and Administration (160500): Social Policy (160512): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Social policy; Child protection; Civil society; Activism; Non-governmental organisations.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs


Hay, A., Wijeysingha, V., & Stanley-Clarke, N. (2023). Nurturing the political agency of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work. 35(3), 19-31 Retrieved from https://anzswjournal.nz/anzsw/article/view/999
[Journal article]Authored by: Stanley-Clarke, N., Wijeysingha, V.


Wijeysingha, V.(2023). Proposed No and Low Enrolments Policy and Procedures and Digital Plus Policy: Te Hautū Kahurangi - Tertiary Education Union Response.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V.(2021). Outsiders in: Equity experiences of migrant and rainbow communities. Royal Society Te Aparangi
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V.(2019). Refining Criminal Justice Outcomes: An Evidence-based Programme for Reform. Briefing Note Part 3.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V.(2019). Case Resolution and Rehabilitation Programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Briefing Note Part 2.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V.(2019). Reconsidering the Aotearoa New Zealand Criminal Justice Policy Model. Briefing Note Part 1.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V.(2018). Pragmatic Compassion: An Issues and Options Paper on Drug Policy Reform.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V. (2005). The welfare regime in Singapore. In A. Walker, & C-K. Wong (Eds.) East Asian Welfare regimes in transition. (pp. 187 - 211). Bristol: The Policy Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.


Wijeysingha, V., & Wijeysingha, V. (2000). Free and Fair? The Conduct of Elections in Singapore. Open Singapore Centre.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.


Wijeysingha, V., & Emery, T. (2016). Making a road by walking: Mediating the motivations of teachers and international students.. Making Connections. Whanaungatanga: Proceedings of the 2016 National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference 3-5 October. (pp. 83 - 92). : Making Connections. Whanaungatanga: Proceedings of the 2016 National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference 3-5 October 2016
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.


Phelan, S., & Wijeysingha, V. (2023). Conscience or commodity: What role now for our public universities?. : Stuff
[Internet publication]Authored by: Phelan, S., Wijeysingha, V.
Wijeysingha, V. (2022). Singapore’s attempt to balance repeal of anti-gay law hurts all. : Nikkei Asia
[Internet publication]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.
Tanielu, R., Barber, P., & Wijeysingha, V. (2020). Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Huia Tangata Kotahi. People of the Land, People of the Treaty, Bring Everyone Together. State of the Nation 2020. The Salvation Army
[Other]Authored by: Wijeysingha, V.

Consultancy and Languages


  • May 2019 to May 2021 - Royal Society Te Apārangi
    Member of the Te Tapeke Fair Futures Panel
  • Jan 2019 to current - Independent professional supervision
    Delivering professional social work supervision


  • English
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Malay
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Hiraly Asabahebwa - Doctor of Philosophy
    HIV Positive Students' Experiences of Learning with HIV and AIDS in Ugandan Universities - HIV-support Services, Health seeking Behaviour, Challenges Faced and Learning Strategies

Co-supervisor of:

  • Gabor Radak - Doctor of Philosophy
    Former gang members experiences of stigma and labelling after leaving the gang.
  • Susan Smith - Doctor of Social Work
    Building social capital for the child in care - families, foster carers, and the state.
  • Jane Lee - Doctor of Philosophy
    Social support and social integration among one-parent families with disabled children in Aotearoa New Zealand