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Dr Anna Powles's research and teaching expertise is in the geopolitics of the Pacific/Oceania and Southeast Asia, small state security, security sector reform and governance, civil-military relations, women, peace and security.
Current Research Projects:
1. Private Security Sector Governance in the Pacific Islands region
Dr Powles is a co-lead investigator with Associate Professor Beth Greener on a Massey University Strategic Initiative Fund research project on private security sector governance in the Pacific Islands. She is also working with with the United Nations Development Programme and the Pacific Islands Forum as a subject matter expert on private security governance in the Pacific.
2. New Zealand Policy in the Pacific Islands region
This research examines New Zealand foreign and security policies towards the Pacific Islands region. The findings will be published in 2018 and will include a co-authored manuscript and two sole-authored chapters.
3. Women's Voices on Independence: West Papua, New Caledonia and Bougainville
Independence referendums will be held in Bougainville and New Caledonia in the next four years and there is an ongoing self-determination struggle in West Papua. This project documents the perspectives of women in these contested territories on iindependence, what security means and their post-independence aspirations.
Dr Powles has previously held positions as the Monitoring & Evaluation Security Sector Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme Timor Leste; the Timor-Leste Analyst with the International Crisis Group; Advisor to the Timorese Government on the GoTL’s response to the 2006 humanitarian crisis; and various consultancy positions with international NGOs including the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Action Aid and World Vision.
Recent publications include ‘Principled Engagement: Rebuilding Defence Ties with Fiji (Lowy Institute: 2016); Finding Common Ground: New Zealand and Regional Security Cooperation in the Pacific’ (APCSS: 2015); and the ‘United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach’ (Routledge: 2015).
She holds a doctorate from the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and is an Alumni of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. Anna has elementary proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia and Tetun.
Dr Anna Powles's research expertise is in the geopolitics of the Pacific and Southeast Asia focussing on small state security and foreign policy, security sector reform and governance, civil-military relations, women, peace and security,
She also holds the following positions:
Dr Anna Powles' research interests are::
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Defence Studies (160604): International Relations (160607): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)