Dr Roper’s research interests include: New Zealand politics; public policy; political economy; social inequality; gender and feminism; classical and contemporary Marxism; history and major theories of democracy.
Dr Roper has co-edited two books: State and Economy in New Zealand and The Political Economy of New Zealand. His most recently published book is Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935. He is currently working on another book The History of Democracy. He has been a political activist for more than twenty years, and has been involved in a wide variety of progressive struggles and campaigns.