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Dr Tracy Morison PhD

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: X86216
    Location: 3.04, School of Psychology
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Rhodes University (2011)

Prizes and Awards

  • I am an Honorary Research Associate Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Department of Psychology, Rhodes University, South Africa. - Rhodes University (2012)
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Humanities Book Award - Long List: Morison & Macleod (2015) Men's pathways to parenthood. - Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Humanities Book Award (2016)
  • Selected for Emerging Psychologists’ Programme - International Congress of Psychology (2012)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including, but not limited to:

  • Reproductive justice
  • Decision-making / pathways to parenthood / voluntary childlessness
  • Gender, especially male roles and involvement in SRH
  • Youth SRH, especially contraception, abortion, and pregnancy
  • Sexuality / LGBTI health
  • Related topics like sexual violence, sex education, activism/advocacy, and service access and utilisation

Caregiving/parenting/care work

  • Gender dynamics of care in households
  • Male roles and participation, especially fatherhood and fathering

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Gender Psychology (170105): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Current Projects

Project Title: Balancing access and agency in Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) programming: Developing a reproductive justice framework for Aotearoa New Zealand

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is seen as one of the most promising developments for public health and women's rights in the last decade. In Aotearoa/New Zealand LARC has been met with much enthusiasm. There have been significant efforts to increase access and uptake, mainly targeting 'at risk' women (teens and ethnic minorities) and those on welfare. Amid this enthusiasm, little attention has been given to women's reproductive autonomy or their own perspectives on LARC. As a result, the role of power relations remains overlooked and under-theorised, as do the politics surrounding LARC and reproductive health in Aotearoa. This provides an ideal case study to generate local data including women's perspectives, as well as to extend the framework of Reproductive Justice. This is a more holistic framework for understanding reproductive health issues that has significant potential for application in Aotearoa. To do this, the research will seek to highlight questions of power and agency in the provision of LARC in Aotearoa and explore how these insights can contribute to the theoretical development of the reproductive justice framework, both locally and transnationally.
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Date Range: 2019 - 2022

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

  • Dr Tracy Morison - Project Leader
  • Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice - Team Member
  • Catriona Macleod - Team Member

Research Outputs

Journal

Morison, T., & Herbert, S. (2019). Muted resistance: The deployment of youth voice in news coverage of young women’s sexuality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Feminism and Psychology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Herbert, S. (2018). Rethinking ‘Risk’ in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy: the Value of the Reproductive Justice Framework. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Khuzwayo, Z., & Morison, T. (2017). Resisting Erasure: Bisexual Female Identity in South Africa. South African Review of Sociology. 48(4), 19-37
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Mtshengu, A., Sandfort, T., & Reddy, V. (2016). “As long as they behave themselves”: Heterosexual recuperation in South Africans’ talk about homosexuality. Psychology in Society. 51
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Lynch, I. (2016). 'We can't help you here': The discursive erasure of sexual minorities in South African public sexual and reproductive health services. Psychology of Sexualities Review. 7(2), 7-25
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lynch, I., & Macleod, C. (2016). Focus on ‘the ramily’? How South African family policy could fail us. HSRC Policy Briefs. , 1-5
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Macleod, C., Lynch, I., Mijas, M., & Shivakumar, ST. (2016). Stigma Resistance in Online Childfree Communities: The Limitations of Choice Rhetoric. Psychology of Women Quarterly. 40(2), 184-198
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., & Morison, T. (2016). Gay men as parents: analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families.. Feminism & Psychology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., & Morison, T. (2016). Gay men as parents: Analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families. Feminism and Psychology. 26(2), 188-206
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Gibson, AF., Wigginton, B., & Crabb, S. (2015). Online Research Methods in Psychology: Methodological Opportunities for Critical Qualitative Research. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 12(3), 223-232
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2015). Knowledge and Knowing in South Africa: Making a Case for the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Psychology in Society. 12(3), 76-78
[Book Review]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Gibson,, A., Wigginton, B., & Crabb, S. (2015). Online research methods: Methodological opportunities for critical qualitative research in psychology.. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 12(3), 223-232 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/uqrp20
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Macleod, C. (2014). When veiled silences speak: reflexivity, trouble and repair as methodological tools for interpreting the unspoken in discourse-based data. Qualitative Research. 14(6), 694-711
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2013). Moving from reproductive choice to reproductive justice.. HSRC Review. 13(6), 30-31 Retrieved from http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-may-2013/moving-from-reproductive-choice-to-reproductive-justice
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2013). Heterosexual Men and Parenthood Decision Making in South Africa: Attending to the Invisible Norm. Journal of Family Issues. 34(8), 1125-1144
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Macleod, C. (2013). A Performative-Performance Analytical Approach: Infusing Butlerian Theory Into the Narrative-Discursive Method. Qualitative Inquiry. 19(8), 566-577
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T.

Book

Morison, T., Roberts, B., Gordon, S., Struwig, J., & Reddy, V. (2019). South African public opinion on family rights for lesbians and gay men: Entry points for activism and interventions. In Z. Mokomane, B. Roberts, J. Struwig, & S. Gordon (Eds.) SASAS: Family Cohesion, values and wellbeing. Pretoria, South Africa: HSRC Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.
Timol, F., Lynch, I., & Morison, T. (2019). Is a woman’s place still in the home? Gender-role attitudes and women’s position in the South African labour market. In Z. Mokomane, B. Roberts, J. Struwig, & S. Gordon (Eds.) SASAS Family Cohesion, values and wellbeing. Pretoria, South Africa: HSRC Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.
Reddy, V., Lynch, I., & Morison, T. (2019). Queer Kinship in South Africa: Where to next?. In T. Morison, I. Lynch, & V. Reddy (Eds.) Queer Kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging. : Unisa Press & Routlege
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Morison, T.
Macleod, C., Morison, T., & Lynch, I. (2019). Focus on ‘the family’? How South African family policy fails queer families. In T. Morison, I. Lynch, & V. Reddy (Eds.) Queer kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging. : Unisa Press & Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lynch, I., & Reddy, V. (2019). Queer kinship in South Africa. In T. Morison, I. Lynch, & V. REddy (Eds.) Queer kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging. : Unisa Press & Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Morison, T.
de Larch, G., Morison, T., Lynch, I., Reddy, V., Macleod, C., Lewis, D., . . . Adeagbo, O.(2019). Queer kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lyons, A., & Chamberlain, K. (2019). Critical health psychology: Applications for social action. In K. O'Doherty, & D. Hodgetts (Eds.) SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. London: SAGE
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Hodgetts, D.
Morison, T., & Lynch, I. (2018). ‘Living two lives’ and ‘blending in’: Reproductive citizenship and belonging in the parenthood narratives of gay men.. In T. Morison, I. Lynch, & V. Reddy (Eds.) Queer kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging.. (pp. 167 - 189). Pretoria: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Edited by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Morison, T., Macleod, C., Mijas, M., du Toit, R., & Seemanthini, S. (2018). From deviant choice to feminist issue: An historical analysis of scholarship on voluntary childlessness (1920 to 2013).. In N. Sappleton (Ed.) Voluntary and involuntary childlessness: The joys of Otherhood?. (pp. 11 - 48). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.
Nentwich, JC., & Morison, T. (2017). Performing the self: Performativity and discursive psychology. In CB. Travis, & JW. White (Eds.) American Psychological Association Handbook of the Psychology of Women. (pp. 209 - 228). Washington, United States of America: American Psychological Association
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Macleod, C.(2016). Men's pathways to parenthood: Silence and heterosexual gendered norms. Cape Town: HSRC Press
[Authored Book]Authored by: Morison, T.
Chitiga-Mabugu, M., Karuaihe, S., Reddy, V., Morison, T., Botsis, H., Ntuli, M., . . . Tsoanamatsie, N.(2014). South African women as champions of change: A civil society programme of action for the African women’s decade. Cape Town: HSRC Press
[Authored Book]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Reddy, V. (2013). Familiar claims: Representations of same-gendered families in South African mainstream news media. In C. Lubbe-De Beer, & J. Marnell (Eds.) Home affairs: Rethinking lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender families in contemporary South Africa. (pp. 21 - 49). Johannesburg, South Africa: Fanele Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.Contributed to by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2008). “Our place in the family of things”: A story of animals, (re)connection and belonging in the world.. In D. Wylie (Ed.) Toxic Belonging? Identity and Ecology in Southern Africa.. Newcastle (UK): Cambridge Scholars Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Morison, T.

Thesis

Morison, T. (2011). ‘But what story?’: A narrative-discursive analysis of ‘white’ Afrikaners accounts of male involvement in parenthood decision-making. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Morison, T.

Report

Lynch, I., Morison, T., Essop, R., Macleod, C., Tolla, T., & Gqomfa, N. (2018). “Kwanele! Communities ensuring safe learning environments for girls” in Khayelitsha: Part of the Sexual Violence in Schools in South Africa (SeViSSA) initiative in South Africa: Midterm report.. Human Science Research Council/Rhodes University..
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2017). ‘Dating rules’ and intimate partner violence in township schools: Findings from the SeViSSA baseline study.. www.hsrc.ac.za.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2016). System failures and stigma: an unhealthy mix for women. Research Brief. AIDS Foundation of South Africa.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Morison, T., Moolman, T., Chiumbu, S., Makoae, M., & Fluks, L. (2016). Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of sexual and gender minorities in Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga: A rapid ethnographic assessment. Human Sciences Research Council.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Lynch, I. (2016). Use and perceptions of public Sexual and Reproductive Health services: A quantitative situational analysis in OR Tambo and Gert Sibande districts. Human Sciences Research Council.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Morison, T., Gomfa, N., Timol, F., & Macleod, C. (2016). “Kwanele! Communities ensuring safe learning environments for girls” in Khayelitsha: Part of the Sexual Violence in Schools in South Africa (SeViSSA) initiative in South Africa: Baseline report.. Human Sciences Research Council/Rhodes University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Reddy, V., Morison, T., & Moolman, B. (2015). Making Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights Real in South Africa: A baseline study of selected sites in four provinces..
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Goga, S., Rarieya, J., & Reddy, V. (2014). Framework for the development of a National Policy on Gender Equity in Basic Education.. Department of Basic Education.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Botsis, H., Wiebesiek, L., Khalema, E., Vawda, M., Dlamini, N., . . . Reddy, V. (2012). Diagnostic review: National & provincial monitoring & evaluation systems focused on women, children & people with disabilities in South Africa. Department of Women, Children, and People with Disabilities.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2012). Good practice for addressing violence against women in South Africa Gender and Poverty Eradication..
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Morison, T.

Conference

Morison, T., Lynch, I., Essop, R., Fluks, L., & Macleod, C.(2019, April). Starting early: Promoting younger adolescents’ sexual & reproductive health through intimate partner violence intervention. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Herbert, S.(2017, December). Youth on the margins: A discursive analysis of Aotearoa NZ Sexual & Reproductive Health policy. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Macleod, C., Lynch, I., Morison, T., & Saunders, B.(2017, July). “Girls want to be pleaded”: The sexual ‘hustler’ and provider masculinity.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Moolman, B., & Reddy, V.(2016, July). Beyond the clinic walls: Making sexual and reproductive rights real for marginalised groups. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Morison, T., Gomfa, N., Swartz, C., Macleod, C., Sanders, B., . . . Goldstein, S.(2016, May). What’s love got to do with it? Love and narratives of normalisation in township-based South African adolescents’ talk about intimate partner violence.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Lynch, I.(2015, July). Gay men and fatherhood in South Africa: A discursive study.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Rule, C.(2015, September). You have to keep reproducing success: South African students constructions of success & agency in Higher Education. . (pp. 72 - 72). Retreived from http://repository.hsrc.ac.za/handle/20.500.11910/1720
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Lynch, I.(2014, September). Same different or deficient constructions of same gendered families in South African mainstream media. . (pp. 60 - 60).
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T.(2013, September). The childfree ‘choice’: Childfree social identity construction in virtual spaces.. . Retreived from http://repository.hsrc.ac.za/handle/20.500.11910/2828
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T.(2013, July). What to expect when you’re not expecting: Child freedom social stigma and reproductive justice. .
[Conference]Authored by: Morison, T.
Reddy, V., Salo, E., Morison, T., Botsis, H., Baloyi, A., Mtshengu, A., . . . Sandfort, T. (2012, July). Taverns, bars and shebeens: sexual risk and HIV within homo-social spaces among black men who have sex with men in South African townships.. Presented at XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington, DC, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2012, August). Heterosexual men and parenthood decision-making in South Africa: Attending to the invisible norm.. Presented at International Sociological Association forum. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., & Macleod, CI. (2011, August). Hearing the silences through the ‘noise’: Narratives of parenthood decision making among heterosexual, ‘white’ Afrikaners.. Presented at 17th South African Psychology Congress. International Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2009, August). Choosing to parent: ‘Trouble’ in constructions of motherhood and fatherhood.. Presented at 15th South African Psychology Congress. International Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2006, August). Our place in the family of things: representations of selves and belonging.. Presented at 3rd Literature and Ecology Colloquium. Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Morison, T.

Other

Lynch, I., Essop, R., Tolla, T., & Morison, T. (2018). Intimate partner violence in Khayelitsha schools: A Culture of silence. (pp. 12 - 14).
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Essop, R., Tolla, T., & Morison, T. (2018). Intimate partner violence in Khayelitsha schools: A culture of silence.. (pp. 10 - 12).
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lynch, I., & Garden, E. (2017). SeViSSA Brief 2: A culture of silence that normalises widespread violence.. Human Sciences Research Council
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lynch, I., & Garden, E. (2017). SeViSSA Brief 1: Very high rates of sexual violence with younger learners most vulnerable.. Human Sciences Research Council
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Lynch, I., Essop, R., Morison, T., & Tolla, T. (2017). 'Dating rules’ and intimate partner violence in township schools: Findings from the SeViSSA Baseline Study.. Human Sciences Research Council
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.Contributed to by: Morison, T.
Morison, T., Lynch, I., & Macleod, C. (2016). Focus on ‘the family’? How South African family policy could fail us. (pp. 1 - 5). HSRC Press
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2016). Gay Men as Parents and Caregivers: Information for South African service providers..
[Other]Authored by: Morison, T.
Morison, T. (2015). What gay fathers can teach us about feminism and parenthood. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Morison, T.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Diah Lestari - Doctor of Philosophy
    Multigenerational caregiving for older people: between generational gap and teamwork
  • Siobhan Healy-Cullen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Sex Education for Adolescents in Ireland and New Zealand: Porn Literacy as Pedagogy?

Media and Links

Media

  • 31 May 2013 - Magazine
    Opinion editorial: Reproductive Justice
    News Magazine article
  • 31 Jan 2015 - Magazine
    Article: Family Diversity
    News magazine article
  • 30 Sep 2015 - Magazine
    Article: 'Non-conventional' families
    News magazine article
  • 28 Mar 2019 - Newspaper
    Interview: voluntary childlessness
    WIRED article by Emma Gray Ellis
  • 28 Apr 2015 - Radio
    Interview: voluntary childlessness
    Radio 702 (South African national Talk Radio station)
  • 23 Sep 2015 - Radio
    Interview: Gay fathers & caregivers
    Unisa Radio (South African campus radio station)
  • 22 Sep 2015 - Online
    Article: Gay fathers & caregivers
    Invited contribution for The Conversation
  • 17 Aug 2017 - Radio
    Interview: Men's Pathways to Parenthood
    Interviewed on SAFM 'The Talk Shop' with Naledi Moleo (a South African national radio station) about my co-authored book (Morison & Macleod, 2015)
  • 06 Jun 2019 - Newspaper
    Interview: Voluntary childlessness
    Jamie Morton for New Zealand Herald
  • 05 Nov 2018 - Newspaper, Online
    Interview: same-sex parenthood & families
    Interview for News24 about my queer parenthood and my forthcoming editted book, Queer Kinship, with Beth Amato.
  • 02 Dec 2015 - Radio
    Interview: Gay fathers & caregivers
    Interview on SAFM (national South African radio station) about my research
  • 01 Mar 2013 - Magazine
    Interview - voluntary childlessness
    Interview on voluntary childlessness for Women's Health, "What to expect when you're not expecting" (by Carrie Anton), March 2013

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