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Politics programme research

Research expertise

All of our staff are active researchers across a broad range of topics in Politics.

The Expertise Database is also an excellent resource if you are looking for specific areas of knowledge. It is particularly focused on (1) assisting prospective graduate research students to find appropriate supervisors and (2) serving the needs of print or broadcast media professionals seeking stories, comment, interviews, or background.

Please note that the list below is not comprehensive; more information on each staff member's research interests and a list of their publications can be found on their individual profile pages.
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Political Theory

Political Theory Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Dr David Jenkins
Feminist Theory Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Postcolonial Theory Dr Lena Tan
Ethics and International Relations Professor Philip Nel
Associate Professor James Headley
History of Ideas Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Marxism Associate Professor Brian Roper
Nationalism and national identity Associate Professor James Headley
Political economy of inequality Professor Philip Nel
Social Inequality Associate Professor Brian Roper
History and theories of democracy Associate Professor Brian Roper
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Theories of Justice Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Recognition Theory Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Toleration, culture and identity Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Theories of power and liberty Associate Professor Vicki Spencer

New Zealand Politics

New Zealand Politics Professor Janine Hayward
Associate Professor Brian Roper
Environmental Politics Professor Janine Hayward
Treaty of Waitangi Professor Janine Hayward
Electoral systems and reforms Professor Janine Hayward
Local Government Professor Janine Hayward
Constitutional Politics Professor Janine Hayward

International Relations

International Relations Theory Associate Professor James Headley
Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo

Dr Lena Tan

Professor Robert Patman
Identity and Constructivisim Dr Lena Tan, Associate Professor James Headley
The European Union Associate Professor James Headley
China's Foreign and Security Policy Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo
International Relations of Asia Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo
Middle East international politics Dr Leon Goldsmith
Foreign policies of emerging powers Professor Philip Nel
Dr Lena Tan
Global Security Professor Robert Patman
Dr Lena Tan
US Foreign and Security Policy Professor Robert Patman
Russia's Foreign and Security Policy Associate Professor James Headley
Professor Robert Patman
Globalization and Conflict Professor Robert Patman
Critical Approaches to International Relations Dr Lena Tan
Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches to IR Dr Lena Tan

Comparative Politics / Area Studies

Middle East Dr Leon Goldsmith
Indonesia Dr Lena Tan
Russia, Central/Eastern Europe and the Balkans Associate Professor James Headley
The European Union Associate Professor James Headley
Great powers and the Horn of Africa Professor Robert Patman
Corruption, politics, and development Professor Philip Nel
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict Associate Professor James Headley
Politics of the Media Dr Chris Rudd

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Politics programme staff publications

Below is a list of just some of the books published by Politics programme staff:

Books published by Politics staff (PDF)

More information about each staff member's publications can be found on their profile page:

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Postgraduate research and theses

Please see our postgraduate student profiles page

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