News and events

Find out the latest news from the DIPLO project and upcoming events

Diplo has a busy few weeks coming up! See the programme below:


Associate Professor Ben Wellings (Monash University) is currently in Dunedin. As well as delivering lectures for Otago students, Ben is giving a public seminar:

‘The Strange Life and Death of Global Britain: New Zealand-EU-UK Relations in the AUKUS era’

Thursday 17 August 2023

Otago Business School, Room G.02, Dunedin


Professor Bruce Wilson is also visiting New Zealand next week. Bruce is delivering public seminars in Wellington, Napier and Christchurch.

Here are the details:

‘Sustainability and International Relations in the Pacific: A European Union perspective’

Monday, 21 August 2023, 5:40pm

Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2 (RHLT2), Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Welllington


‘Keeping the Pacific above water: climate change, strategic competition, and other challenges for our near neighbours’

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 1pm

North Club, 4 Campbell Street, Havelock North


The EU as a Global Actor: strategies for engaging civil society in third countries’

Thursday, August 24 2023, 2:30pm

James Logie 613, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

27 July 2023

Expert Visit

Diplo is looking forward to welcoming Anne McNaughton (Director, ANU Centre for European Studies) to the University of Canterbury next week.

Anne will deliver a public lecture at the Faculty of Law on Monday August 7 from 1pm-2pm

Title: Emerging from the Tunnel: Challenging the permeability of Silos

Abstract: This presentation addresses the wicked problem of addressing societal issues that require not only an inter- but also a transdisciplinary approach. Many of society’s challenges today cross borders, requiring both international and domestic responses if we are to develop effective and satisfactory solutions. In this seminar, I explore the potential of the functional method in comparative law to transcend the constraints inherent in inter- and transdisciplinary work. The EU is an exemplar of this approach and a touchstone for broader transnational and inter-regional applications.

8 June 2023

NZIIA Conference 2023

DIPLO was proud to be part of the conversations at the NZIIA conference in June. Thanks again to Richard Whitman for making the long journey to join us. Watch video highlights of the NZIIA Conference on YouTube.

31 May 2023

European expert visiting New Zealand

Diplo is pleased to welcome its first European expert visit to New Zealand Professor Richard Whitman (University of Kent).

Richard will be delivering 3 public talks at the following times and venues:

1. Friday June 2, 2pm at the NCRE James Logie Room 613, University of Canterbury 

2. Tuesday June 6, 5:40pm at Rutherford House (Lecture Theatre 2 Victoria University of Wellington) The death of Global Britain? A new normal in UK foreign policy

3. Thursday June 8 at the NZIIA Annual Conference, Pullman Hotel, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Prof Richard Whitman 

May 11th, 2023

Article Published

A new article has been published by Dr Serena Kelly and Dr Mathew Doidge. Beyond Trade: The European Union – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement examines the potential benefits of the FTA beyond the economic bottom line.

September 14th, 2022

6th Development Summary Released

Our sixth DIPLO Development Summary, ‘EU-Pacific Relations and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent’ is now available. In July 2022, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) launched its 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent setting out regional priorities and inviting development partners to engage with a Pacific vision for their future. In this context, Dr Mathew Doidge reflects on the development relationship of the European Union with the Pacific Island states, and the possibility for reframing that the Blue Pacific Strategy offers.

Read more: EU-Pacific Development Relations

14 July, 2022

EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement

An article by Dr Serena Kelly and Dr Mathew Doidge on the recently announced EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement has been published in The Conversation. A trade deal with the EU makes sense for NZ, but what’s in it for Europe? Symbolically, a lot.

3rd May, 2022

Ukraine, and the EU’s 2004 Eastern Enlargement

Dr Mathew Doidge and Dr Serena Kelly’s analysis of Ukraine’s EU membership aspirations, viewed through the lens of the 18th anniversary of the Union’s ‘big bang’ enlargement to the Central and Eastern European Countries in 2004, has been published in The Conversation. Understanding Ukraine’s symbolic fight to return to Europe, as the EU marks 18 years since its ‘big bang’ enlargement

23rd February, 2022

Dr Serena Kelly – NZPSA Conference

On February 9 2022, Serena Kelly presented at the virtual New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) conference. The title of the paper was: ‘Power dynamics and the EU–NZ FTA’ and drew on some preliminary results from DIPLO’s on-going media analysis of the EU in New Zealand. With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

4th April, 2022

Shock and Abandonment? New Zealand, Britain and European Community enlargement, 1960-1985

On 4 April 2022, DIPLO, in cooperation with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the European Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (ESAANZ) hosted a presentation by NZIIA President Dr Hamish McDougall examining New Zealand’s political and diplomatic relationships with Britain and the enlarged European Community in historical perspective.

For further information on DIPLO's publications and media stories visit our Outputs page.