Political science and international relations

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Our Department of Political Science has a strong research portfolio clustered around several areas of expertise, including conflict and conflict mediation, security and defence studies, and humanitarian intervention and peace studies.

The International research group for Sustainable Citizenship and Civic imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga is a multidisciplinary research team and 'civics-lab' at UC. Set against a background of increasingly urban environments worldwide, the team investigates citizenship and civic governance, participation and democratic urbanization, with a particular focus on sustainability and inclusion especially for children and youth.

Citizenship, consumption and civic aspirations across five key energy domains - housing, transport, food, education and employment, leisure and communication - are the focus of our research in sustainable lifestyles and civic environments. 

The Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE) project is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreign policy choices and challenges of small states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania. 

Research strengths

Areas of current research in sustainable lifestyles and civic environments include:

  • Citizenship, consumption and civic aspirations across five key energy domains: housing, transport, food, education & employment, leisure & communication
  • Citizenship education, civic leadership & political literacy
  • New methods of public engagement in urban challenges

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Bronwyn Hayward

Associate Dean Postgraduate Research
Psychology 712
Internal Phone: 95114

Professor Annick Masselot

Professor
Director of Postgraduate PhD and LLM (Thesis)
Meremere 417
Internal Phone: 93814

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Rehua 518
Internal Phone: 95619

Areas of current research in conflict mediation and peace-building include:

  • Dissolving colours? Reconciliation in Thailand
  • Analysis of the negotiations between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organisation

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

James Ockey

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator
Psychology 708
Internal Phone: 95540

The Futures Studies Research Network (FSRN) applies scenario development and others foresight tools to consider New Zealand’s economic, political and technological future.

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Amy Fletcher

Associate Professor
Psychology 705
Internal Phone: 94404

The SSANSE project is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreign policy choices and challenges of small states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania in the new security environment

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Anne-Marie Brady

Professor
PhD Coordinator
Logie 614A
Internal Phone: 95377