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View recipients of the Mason Durie Medal.

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The 2018 Mason Durie Medal was awarded to Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith from the University of Otago for her ground-breaking work that has, through strong relationships with New Zealand's Indigenous people, reshaped our understanding of the last great human migration into the Pacific.

Previous recipients


Cris Shore for his contributions to political anthropology and the study of organisations, governance and power. He has pioneered the use of anthropological methods to study policy and institutions


Viviane Robinson for her contribution to educational research by identifying the differential impact of different types of school leadership practice on the achievement of learners, which has materially changed national and international educational policy and practice


Keith Petrie for his eminent research on patients’ perceptions of illness, how these affect recovery, and how they can be used to improve patients’ health outcomes


Charles Higham for his work to understand social change in Southeast Asia over three millennia


John Pratt who has advanced the field of the sociology of punishment and comparative penology, specifically why the punishment of offenders changes over time and comparisons between English-speaking and Nordic societies


Russell Gray for his pioneering social science research on questions of fundamental relationships between human language, cognition and biology