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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 focussed 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 above list is not extensive; more information on staff research interests and a list of their publications can be found on their individual profile pages available here.

Political Theory

Political TheoryAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Feminist TheoryAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Postcolonial TheoryDr Lena Tan
Ethics and International RelationsProf Philip Nel, Assoc Prof James Headley
History of IdeasAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
MarxismAssoc Prof Brian Roper
Nationalism and national identityAssoc Prof James Headley
Political economy of inequalityProf Philip Nel
Social InequalityAssoc Prof Brian Roper
History and theories of democracyAssoc Prof Brian Roper. Assoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Theories of JusticeAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Recognition TheoryAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Toleration, culture and identityAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer
Theories of power and libertyAssoc Prof Vicki Spencer

New Zealand Politics

New Zealand PoliticsProf Janine Hayward, Assoc Prof Brian Roper
Environmental PoliticsProf Janine Hayward
Treaty of WaitangiProf Janine Hayward
Electoral systems and reformsProf Janine Hayward
Local GovernmentProf Janine Hayward
Constitutional PoliticsProf Janine Hayward

International Relations

International Relations TheoryAssoc Prof James Headley, Assoc Prof Nicholas Khoo, Dr Lena Tan, Prof Robert Patman
Identity and ConstructivisimDr Lena Tan, Assoc Prof James Headley
The European UnionAssoc Prof James Headley
China's Foreign and Security PolicyAssoc Prof Nicholas Khoo
International Relations of AsiaAssoc Prof Nicholas Khoo
Middle East international politicsDr Leon Goldsmith
Foreign policies of emerging powersProf Philip Nel, Dr Lena Tan
Global SecurityProf Robert Patman, Dr Lena Tan
US Foreign and Security PolicyProf Robert Patman
Russia's Foreign and Security PolicyAssoc Prof James Headley, Prof Robert Patman
Globalization and ConflictProf Robert Patman
Critical Approaches to International RelationsDr Lena Tan
Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches to IRDr Lena Tan

Comparative Politics / Area Studies

Middle EastDr Leon Goldsmith
IndonesiaDr Lena Tan
Russia, Central/Eastern Europe and the BalkansAssoc Prof James Headley
The European UnionAssoc Prof James Headley
Great powers and the Horn of AfricaProf Robert Patman
Corruption, politics, and developmentProf Philip Nel
Nationalism and Ethnic ConflictAssoc Prof James Headley
Politics of the MediaDr Chris Rudd

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Books by Politics staff members

This a list of just some of the books published by the Politics Programme staff. For more information on staff publications go to the individual staff pages, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on show more publications. This will list all the publications the staff member has including: Books, Edited Books, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Conference Proceedings etc.


Completed theses are kept in the Politics Programme. MA and PhD theses are also held in the main University Library, and many are available in PDF format online from the library research archive: 

List of Politics theses (PDF)

Postgraduate student research

Visit our postgraduate student pages and learn about their research.

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