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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, linked here.

Political Theory

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

New Zealand Politics

New Zealand Politics Prof Janine Hayward, Assoc Prof Brian Roper
Environmental Politics Prof Janine Hayward
Treaty of Waitangi Prof Janine Hayward
Electoral systems and reforms Prof Janine Hayward
Local Government Prof Janine Hayward
Constitutional Politics Prof Janine Hayward

International Relations

International Relations Theory Assoc Prof James Headley, Assoc Prof Nicholas Khoo, Dr Lena Tan, Prof Robert Patman
Identity and Constructivisim Dr Lena Tan, Assoc Prof James Headley
The European Union Assoc Prof James Headley
China's Foreign and Security Policy Assoc Prof Nicholas Khoo
International Relations of Asia Assoc Prof Nicholas Khoo
Middle East international politics Dr Leon Goldsmith
Foreign policies of emerging powers Prof Philip Nel, Dr Lena Tan
Global Security Prof Robert Patman, Dr Lena Tan
US Foreign and Security Policy Prof Robert Patman
Russia's Foreign and Security Policy Assoc Prof James Headley, Prof Robert Patman
Globalization and Conflict Prof 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 Assoc Prof James Headley
The European Union Assoc Prof James Headley
Great powers and the Horn of Africa Prof Robert Patman
Corruption, politics, and development Prof Philip Nel
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict Assoc Prof 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:

Our people in the Politics programme

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Postgraduate research and theses

Please see our postgraduate student profiles page

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