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Postgraduate student profiles

Current PhD candidates

Aflah Al-Harrasi
The role of sociocultural dynamics in the rise and the fall of Oman’s Imamate (1913-1959)

Sumaiya Alwahaibi
The New State-Society Relations: The Dynamics of Gendered Politics in Oman

Omotola Amusan
Evaluating China’s geo-economic strategy

Rachel Billington
Identity, affect and recognition online: Finding belonging in virtual publics. A study of young New Zealanders

Elle Dibrova
You don’t belong here: othering of LGBT+ people as a part of hegemonic national identity in contemporary Russia

Carmen Fulco
The Arab Awakening and the role of Political Islam: a comparative case of Tunisia and Egypt

Danella Glass
The dynamics among and between rival normative communities within the sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) normative environment

Peter Grace
How Social Scientists helped professionalise the US Intelligence Services

Mhd Hosam Hafez
The interactional political aspects of the Syrian crisis

Onat Isik
To what extent strategic culture affected Putin's conservative turn

Eeva Kilk
How have ICTs fostered the democratization process in Eastern Europe: Case studies of Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus

Kina Kunz
Decision-making in Japan and South Korea: The rise of China

William Marti
Soft power and its effects during the George W. Bush administration

Hizkia Respatiadi
Explaining Indonesia’s Food Trade Policy: The Tension between Free Trade and Self-Sufficiency

Okan Tan
Turkey’s “state of exception”: Constitutional Politics in the Era of Populism

Jessica Valisa
Pro-Russian Discourse of the Italian Far-Right Online. A Case Study of the Reception of Authoritarian State-Led Strategic Narratives

Heloise Vertadier
The future of the law and governance for space settlements

Phuong H Vu
Authoritarian Audience Costs, Protests and Signalling Resolve

Ryan Webb
Staying Strong in the 21st Century Security Environment? Clausewitz's Trinity of War and the Experiences of the Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Kulani Wijayabahu
Comprehending the impact of the Belt Road Initiative on Good Governance Agenda: a case study on Sri Lanka

Dmitry Zavialov
Modes of Argument in International Politics

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Current MA students

Morgan Edwards
Political Economy

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates

2020

Annisa Sidi Thesis recognised by the Division of Humanities as being of exceptional quality
Unity and diversity: National identity and multiculturalism in Indonesia 2020

László Szöllősi-Cira
Normative Foreign Policy – The Kiwi Way: To What Extent Has New Zealand Been Acting as Norm Entrepreneur in the Areas of Nuclear Free Policy and Promoting Free Trade? 2020

Paul Winter
Atomic reactions: How and why states respond to nuclear proliferation

2019

Arshad Ali
Uneasy Co-existence: Pakistan’s National Security Approach and the Post-Cold War Security Environment

Can Cinar
Debt and default from a post-Keynesian perspective: a historical case study of the Argentine puzzle

2018

Olumuyiwa Amao
From Freetown to Kinshasa: Reassessing Nigeria and South Africa’s Foreign Policy Behaviour and Conflict Intervention Roles in Africa

Carolijn van Noort
The Strategic Narratives of the BRICS: A Coherent Story?

2017

Chris Meikle
Ethical Norm Promotion in European Union Foreign Policy: Responding to the Arab Uprisings in the Southern Neighbourhood

Darryn Russell
Contemporary Rangatiratanga: Do Treaty settlements enable rangatira to exercise rangatiratanga?

Nilay Baycar
Democratisation Progress in Turkey Under the Justice and Development Party 2002 to 2014

Del Carlini
The Politics of Military Adaptation: The Development of a Theoretical Framework to Explain Military Adaptation's Importance to Politics

Luca J Uberti Thesis recognised by the Division of Humanities as being of exceptional quality
Good Governance, Corruption and Growth: A Political Economy of Post-Socialist Industrial Transformation in Albania and Kosovo, 1998–2015

Nutthathirataa Withitwinyuchon (Jib)
The Trials of Rivalry: Sino-Japanese Relations since the 1910s

Tim Ferner
Making Government Accountable: The Case of Whistle-Blowing in the United States Department of Defense

Byron Richards
The Dollar-Wall Street Regime and New Zealand: The Political Implications of Financial Market Liberalisation for Macroeconomic Management in New Zealand, 1994 to 2011 (with Social Anthropology)

Eduardo Abou Ltaif
The Development of Consociational Politics in Lebanon 1825-2015

2016

Ashley Murchison
Aim for the heart? A study of New Zealand voters’ responses to emotional appeals in televised political advertising

2015

Laura Southgate
ASEAN and the Sovereignty Principle: Explaining the Dynamics of Resistance to Sovereignty Violation

Tadashi Iwami
Japan’s Identity in International Society: Constructing Identity as a ‘Peacebuilding State’

Anthony Deos
Digital Diplomacy & Social Capital: Analysing Relational Components of Trust in US & Israeli Online Social Networks

2014

Huseyn Aliyev
The Soviet Legacy and Post‐Communist Civil Society in the Caucasus

2013

Maria Pozza
The International Law and Policy of Outer Space: A New Perspective on Arms Control

Penelope Hayes
The Fifth Labour Government’s Growth and Innovation Framework 1999-2006: A Critical Analysis and Evaluation

2012

Joe Burton
NATO after the Cold War: explaining the durability of the Atlantic Alliance in a new global context

Leon Goldsmith
The Politics of Sectarian Insecurity: Alawite 'Asabiyya and the Rise and Decline of the Asad Dynasty of Syria

Onur Oktem
Water Politics and Political Culture: Turkey's Compatibility with the European Union

Reuben Steff
Deterrence, global security and the long road to the deployment of the Bush administration’s missile defence system

Mahama Tawat
Two Tales of Viking Diversity: A Comparative Study of the Immigrant Integration Policies of Denmark and Sweden, 1960–2006

Glen Hazelton
Regime Transition and Foreign Policy: The Case of Russia's Approach to Central Asia (1991–2008)

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Master of Arts (MA) graduates

2020

Joshua Ferrer
The Effects of Proportional Representation on Election Lawmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand (with Law)

Joshua James
Understanding the ‘Pink’ vote in Aotearoa (with Gender Studies)

2019

Sarah Pfander
Can Criminal Justice Systems Harness Restorative Power? The Impact of Legislative Mandate and Policy Design on the Implementation of Restorative Justice Practices

2018

Rebecca Logan
United In Diversity? Immigration and Opposition to European Integration

Sam McChesney
Eclipse of Courage: Technical Reason and the Limits of Self-Affirming Bravery

Ruby O’Connor
The Role of Ideological Conflict within the Australian Asylum Seeker Debate: A Critical Analysis

2017

John Bailey
The balance of vulnerability and the distribution of fear in East Asia

Joerg Bendt
The Post-Politics of the 2014 New Zealand General Election: A Symptomatic Discourse Analysis

Luke Gardener
The Economic Vote in New Zealand. An analysis of how macroeconomic conditions and perceptions of the economy affect voter behaviour

2016

Stevie Jepson
Reclaiming utopia and the political imagination: Revisiting Firestone’s dialectics of sex

Amee Parker
Democratic Theory and Democratic Education: A New Zealand Case Study

Matthew Stansfield
Justifying RAMSI: Geopolitical reasoning, security and New Zealand’s involvement in the Solomon Islands conflict

2015

Ben Loughrey-Webb
The Welfare Reforms of the Fourth (1990-99) and Fifth (2008-14) National Governments: A Critical Analysis and Evaluation

Sandeep Singh
The Role of Identity in India’s Expanding Naval Power

2014

Juana Diesing
Social Media: a solution to declining youth engagement in politics?

Amy Lewis
A fractured identity, a fractured democracy: the national facet of Ukraine’s transition

Nicolas Pirsoul
The Mapuche Struggle for/of Recognition, Identity and Self-Determination in Chile

2013

David Cooper
Rating Equity in New Zealand’s Local Government

2012

Christopher Ford (with History)
High on Aspiration, Low on Implementation: The development and implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy

Albert Green
Chipped Jade: Political problems of the Dunedin Town Belt 1900 - 2010

Josh Hercus
To Vote or Not to Vote: Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes Towards National and Local Elections in New Zealand

Elizabeth Soal
The Global Financial Crisis and the Problem of Unemployment: A Regulationist Approach

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