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Dr Emily Beausoleil

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

Dr Emily Beausoleil explores the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of democratic engagement in diverse societies, with a particular focus on artistic and embodied strategies to facilitate listening in politics.  Connecting affect, democratic theory, neuroscience, and the performing arts, Beausoleil’s work responds to compelling calls to find new models for coalition and community by asking how we realise these ideals in concrete terms. 


Contact details

  • Ph: +646 356 9099 ext 83652
    Location: 5.10, Social Science Tower (SST)
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Affective and embodied dimensions of democratic politics

Democratic participation in civil society

Multicultural and postcolonial theory, policy and practice

The ethics of encounter in diverse societies

Power relations and poliical marginalization

Conditions, challenges and strategies for listening and voice in politics

Democratic process design

Aesthetic, performance and cultural theory and practice

Conflict transformation approaches

Intersections of neuroscience and political behaviour


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Art Theory and Criticism (190100):
Cultural Studies (200200): Cultural Theory (200204): Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209):
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400):
Political Science (160600): Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609):
Postcolonial Studies (200211):
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)


Contemporary political theory                     

Postcolonial theory

Democratic theory and practices          

Multicultural theory and policy           

Affect theory

Body theory

Listening and voice (political communication)


Performance theory and practice


Cultural theory       



Conflict transformation approaches

History of political thought

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Current Projects

Project Title: Hearing the Difference: New Strategies for Listening in Contemporary Politics

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Christina Tausa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Constitutional democracy vs traditional democracy in Samoa

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