Sarah Monod de Froideville

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Lecturer School of Social and Cultural Studies

Research interests

Environmental harm, green criminology, moral panic, media

Research Interests

Water related harms, water security, human/animal relations, crime in the media, moral panics, youth justice.


Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington (2011)

Research Specialties

My current research is broadly centred on harms to the environment in the New Zealand context with a specific focus on i) water related harms and water security, and ii) injustices emerging from particular human/animal relations embedded into contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand culture. I am at present working on a project exploring the experiences of the 2016 Havelock North drinking water crisis.

I have an ongoing interest in the intersections between criminal images, media representations of crime and youth justice, stemming from my past work on moral panics in relation to young people. Early papers and my monograph Making Sense of Moral Panics: A Framework for Research (Palgrave, 2017) paid close attention to the changing shape of panics in neoliberal societies focused on preventing risk.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students keen on exploring issues related to environmental harm, the media/crime nexus or youth justice.

Selected publications

Stanley, E., & Monod de Froideville, S. (2020). From vulnerability to risk: Consolidating state interventions towards Māori children and young people in New Zealand. Critical Social Policy. doi:10.1177/0261018319895203

Pfiefer, J. E., Winterdyk, J., Hutton, F., Monod de Froideville, S., Banks, C., & Trounson, J. S. (2018). Indigenous Youth Crime: An international Perspective. In M. K. Miller, & B. H. Bornstein (Eds.), Advances in Psychology and Law, Volume 3, pp. 247-284. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75859-6

Wright Monod, S. L. (2017). Making Sense of Moral Panics: A Framework for Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61821-0

White, R., & Wright Monod, S. L. (2017). Green criminology. In A. Deckert, & R. Sarre (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice (pp. 617-632). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55747-2

Wright Monod, S. (2017). Portraying Those We Condemn with Care: Extending the Ethics of Representation. Critical Criminology, 25(3), 343-356. doi:10.1007/s10612-016-9348-1

Wright, S. L. (2016). ‘Serious public mischief’: young women, alcohol and the New Zealand press. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 30(6): pp: 636-645

Poa, D & Wright Monod, S. L. (2016). The Youth Guarantee Education Initiative and Its Impact on Criminality: Māori Youth Perceptions. Youth justice

Poa, D. & Wright Monod, S. L. (2016). A re-education initiative and its impact on reoffending among indigenous New Zealand youth. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1(3).

Wright, S. (2016). Ah... the power of mothers: Bereaved mothers as victim-heroes in media enacted crusades for justice. Crime, Media, Culture. DOI: 10.1177/1741659015623597

Wright, S. (2015). Moral panics as enacted melodramas. British Journal of Criminology. 55(6): 1226-1244 doi: 10.1093/bjc/azv025

Hutton, F. & Wright, S. (2014). You don’t ditch your girls’: Maori and Pacific young women and the culture of intoxication. Critical Public Health, 25(1): pp. 101-119

Wright, S. (2014). Preloading: The party before the party. Alcohol New Zealand, 4(1), 21-23.

Hutton, F., Wright, S. & Saunders, E. (2013). Cultures of intoxication: Young women, alcohol and harm reduction. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40(4), 451-480.

Maynard, K., Wright, S. & Brown, S. (2013). Ruru Parirau: Maori and alcohol – the importance of destabilising stereotypes and the implications for policy and practice. Mai Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 2(2), 78-90.

Wright, S. (2013). The pleasure of alcohol. Alcohol New Zealand, 3(1), 30-33.

Wright, S. (2012). Women and alcohol: Perceptions and realities. Alcohol New Zealand, 2(1), 32-37.

Rohloff, A. & Wright, S. (2010). Moral panic and social theory: Beyond the heuristic. Current Sociology, 58(3), 403-419.

Public Commentaries

Monod de Froideville, S. (2019). Ongoing victims of Havelock North’s water crisis. Newsroom, 5 December

Monod de Froideville, S. (2018). How to keep society out of moral panic. Newsroom, 30 November

Monod de Froideville, S. (2018). Social investment will lead to more Māori in youth court. The Spinoff, 12 May

Monod de Froideville, S. (2017). Sarah Monod de Froideville: Eight strikes and out for Nats on youth detention policy. The Dominion Post, 15 August