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Dr Nigel Parsons BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

Nigel was born in Birmingham, England. Following four years in Cairo, he arrived at Massey in 2004. Since then, Nigel has made regular return visits to the Middle East and Palestine in particular; he considers himself very fortunate to get paid for pursuing, and talking about, his interests.

Nigel looks forward to the day when Palestine assumes its rightful place on the world stage as an independent state for a free people, and Aston Villa FC return to the summit of English football.

Nigel's was awarded a Special Commendation in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards for 2013, received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence in 2011 and was voted Massey University Students' Association Lecturer of the Year in 2009.

Nigel's research focuses on Palestinian institutions. Funded by a grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand, he is currently researching Israeli population management understood through the concept of ‘biopolitics’, plus the institutional responses of the Palestinian Authority. Nigel's work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including the Middle East Journal, Geopolitics, Social Theory and Practice and translated for the Arabic journal Omran. His book, The politics of the Palestinian Authority: from Oslo to al-Aqsa, is published by Routledge; a follow-up volume, Palestine: Evolution toward statehood, is scheduled for publication in 2015. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: SST 3.32, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) - Keele (1992)
  • MA - Manchester University (1993)
  • PhD - Manchester University (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Nigel's research interests are focused on Palestinian institutions, Israel and the wider Middle East and North Africa.

In 2010 he was awarded a Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant for a three-year project entitled "Race, Place and Biopolitics: Zionism, Palestine and Population Management in the Twenty-First Century". For this project, empirical work on Palestinian institutions informs analysis of Israeli biopolitical practices and their extension to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Nigel's research interests include:

  • Palestine
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Palestine Liberation Organization
  • Fatah
  • West Bank
  • Gaza Strip
  • Israel
  • Middle East
  • Biopolitics

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Comparative Government and Politics (160603): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Palestinian politics, Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Israeli occupation, biopolitics, Middle Eastern politics, Arab world

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Race, place and biopolitics: Zionism, Palestine and population management in the twenty-first century

Beyond news headlines, Israeli efforts to steer the struggle with the Palestinians continue to break new ground in the practice of population management. Taking forward a nascent, exciting field, this project examines Israeli practices, understood in Foucauldian terms as biopolitics. Foucault¿s concept captures a swing in the emphasis of government from territory (geopolitics), to people (biopolitics). The biopolitical lens will be brought to bear equally on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), bringing discrete analyses of new issues in population management into view and generating the first conceptually specific monograph thus organized. First, the project searches for biopolitical imperatives within Zionist ideology and Israeli institutions with biopolitical import, ranging from welfare provision to military occupation. Second, it examines the implications of biopolitical analysis for Palestinian citizens of Israel, the OPT and the Palestinian diaspora. Third, the study assesses Israeli infrastructure development in East Jerusalem (with a case study of area E1), alongside development in the OPT, and considers related institutional innovations such as the Palestinian Authority. Conclusions reflect upon the wider implications for twenty-first century population management.
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Date Range: 2011 - 2014

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start

Project Team:

Project Title: Biopolitics, Zionism and Israel

Beyond news headlines, Israeli efforts to steer the struggle with the Palestinians continue to break new ground in the practice of population management. This project examines the use of population management techniques in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), the role of the Palestinian Authority and the scope for Palestinian resistance to Israeli policies.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2010

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs

Journal

Parsons, NC. (2015). Out of bounds: Academic freedom and the question of Palestine. New Zealand International Review. 40(1), 30-31Retreived from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=917795448434103;res=IELHSS
[Book Review]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Greener, BK., & Parsons, N. (2014). 'Careful steps needed over ISIS’. : The Dominion Post
[Internet publication]Authored by: Greener, B., Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2014). Los palestinos y la guerra. Desperta Ferro Contemporanea. (3), 50-53 Retrieved from http://www.despertaferro-ediciones.com/en/contemporanea/numero-actual/
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC., & Salter, MB. (2014). Al-siyasat al-hayawiyya al-isra'iliyya: al-ighlaq wa al-ta'rid wa al-tahakum fi al-aradi al-filastiniyya al-muhtala (Arabic translation of 'Israeli biopolitics: Closure, territorialization and governmentality in the Occupied Palestinian Territories').. Omran. 7(2), 21-41 Retrieved from http://english.dohainstitute.org/content/7c947ee2-a74b-41c1-971b-9f74f4953925
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Pettigrove, G., & Parsons, N. (2012). Shame: A case study of collective emotion. Social Theory and Practice: an international and interdisciplinary journal of social philosophy. 38(3), 504-530
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012). The Arab world's shifting ground. New Zealand International Review. 37(1), 14-17 Retrieved from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/nziia/publications/nzir/index.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N., & Pettigrove, G. (2010). Palestinian political forgiveness: Agency, permissibility, and prospects. Social Theory and Practice. 36(4), 661-668
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2010). Electoral Politics in Iran: rules of the arena, popular participation, and the limits of elastic in the Islamic Republic.. : Middle East Institute
[Internet publication]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2009). Resolving the unresolvable. New Zealand International Review. 34(6), 26-28
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC., & Salter, M. (2008). Israeli biopolitics: closure, territorialization and governmentality in the occupied Palestinian territories.. Geopolitics. 13(4), 701-723
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007). The political reconstruction of the Sudan: An appraisal on the second anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. New Zealand Journal of Defence Studies. 1, 35-48
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007). Review essay: Palestinian statehood: Aspirations, needs, and viability after Oslo. The Middle East Journal. 61(3), 521-529
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Hughes, E., & Parsons, NC. (2001). The 1999-2000 presidential elections in Chile. Electoral Studies. 20(4), 641-657
[Journal article]Authored by: Hughes, E., Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2000). The elections for the presidency and the legislative council of the Palestinian National Authority. Representation. 36(4), 355-367
[Journal article]Authored by: Parsons, N.

Book

Parsons, N. (2014). Palestinian territories: Recent history. In The Middle East and North Africa 2015. (pp. 866 - 898). : Taylor and Francis
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2013). Palestinian territories: recent history. In C. Matthews (Ed.) The Middle East and North Africa 2014. (pp. 856 - 887). London and New York: Taylor and Francis
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC.(2012). The politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to al-Aqsa (paperback). New York and London: Routledge
[Authored Book]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012). The Palestinian Authority. In J. Peters, & D. Newman (Eds.) Routledge handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (pp. 222 - 232). United Kingdom: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012). The Palestine Liberation Organization. In J. Peters, & D. Newman (Eds.) Routledge handbook of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (pp. 209 - 221). United Kingdom: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012). Palestinian autonomous areas: Recent history. In The Middle East and North Africa 2013. (pp. 885 - 916). United Kingdom: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2011). Palestinian autonomous areas: Recent history. In The Middle East and North Africa 2012. (pp. 896 - 926). United Kingdom: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2010). The Palestinian authority security apparatus: biopolitics, surveillance, and resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories. In Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power. (pp. 355 - 370).
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2010). Israeli biopolitics, Palestinian Policing: Order and resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories. In L. Khalili, & J. Schwedler (Eds.) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion. (pp. 57 - 76). London, England: Hurst & Company
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2010). Palestinian autonomous areas: Recent history. In C. Matthews (Ed.) The Middle East and North Africa 2011. (pp. 909 - 939). London and New York: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2009). The palestine liberation organization and the oslo process: Incorporation without accommodation. In Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: Moving From Violence to Sustainable Peace. (pp. 235 - 251).
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008). Sudan. In K. DeRouen Jr, & P. Bellamy (Eds.) International Security and the United States: An Encyclopedia, Volume 2. (pp. 743 - 767). Westport, CT: Praeger Security International
[Chapter]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC.(2005). The politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to al-Aqsa. New York, NY: Routledge
[Authored Book]Authored by: Parsons, N.

Report

Parsons, NC. (2003). Diaspora communities and interdependency: Egypt and Sudan. Osservatorio ISPI-Bocconi Sulle Opportunita Globali.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Parsons, N.

Conference

Parsons, NC. (2014, December). Is there a social movement in Fatah? Secular Palestinian nationalism as a viable social movement in the West Bank: evidence from the provinces. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association. The University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2014, July). New Zealand, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the United Nations: 'Giving Palestine a chance'. Presented at Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies. Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2013, October). Biopolitics and resistance in Palestinian East Jerusalem. Presented at Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. New Orleans.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2013, April). Dilemmas, demobilization and demographic retrenchment: Palestinian Authority biopolitics through healthcare under occupation. Presented at International Studies Association. San Francisco.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012). The Palestinian authority strikes back: Bureaucratic resistance through statistics and planning in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [BRISMES] Annual Conference: Revolution and Revolt Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change: Programme(pp. 24 - 24). , British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [BRISMES] Annual Conference: Revolution and Revolt Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change United Kingdom: Middle East Centre
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N., & Symonds, S. (2012). From shed to head: A conceptual toolkit for social sciences.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Parsons, N., Symonds, S.
Parsons, NC. (2012). Dilemmas, demobilization and demographic retrenchment: Palestinian Authority biopolitics through healthcare under occupation. , New Zealand Political Studies Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N., & Symonds, S. (2012). Poster: From shed to head: A conceptual toolkit for social sciences. In ascilite 2012: Future Challenges / Sustainable Futures: Proceedings(pp. 106 - 106). , ascilite 2012: Future Challenges / Sustainable Futures New Zealand: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2012, November). Dilemmas, demobilization and demographic retrenchment: Palestinian Authority biopolitics through healthcare under occupation. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association. Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012, March). The palestinian authority strikes back: Bureaucratic resistance through statistics and planning in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Presented at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [BRISMES] Annual Conference: Revolution and Revolt Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change. London, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2012, June). Palestinian circumstances amid the "Arab Spring". Presented at 47th Otago Foreign Policy School 2012. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2012, April). The Palestinian Authority: Policing demographic retrenchment in the West Bank. Presented at The University of Durham Global Security Institute [DGSi] Workshop: Policing Dissent in the Middle East. Durham, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2011, December). The Palestinian Authority strikes back: planning and statistics as resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.. Presented at New Zealand political studies association annual conference 2011. Otago University, Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC.(2011, December 1). The Palestinian Authority strikes back: planning and statistics as resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Terrirories. (pp. 16 - 16). , New Zealand political studies association annual conference 2011
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2011). Palestine through the Arab Spring. In B. Lynch (Ed.) The Arab Spring: Its origins, implications and outlook.. (pp. 17 - 31). Wellington, New Zealand: The Arab Spring: Its origins, implications and outlook
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2009, June). New Zealand's position towards Israel/Palestine. Presented at United Nations Asian and Pacific Meeting on the Question of Palestine. Jakarta, Indonesia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC.(2009). New Zealand's position towards Israel/Palestine. . Jakarta, Indonesia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008). Israeli biopolitics, Palestinian policing: order and resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories.. In States of Exception, Surveillance and Population Management: The Case of Israel/Palestine(pp. 8 - 9). : Queens University Canada
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, December). Israeli biopolitics, Palestinian policing: order and resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories.. Presented at State of Exception, Surveillance and Population Management: the case of Israel/Palestine. Palm Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008). The Fatah movement in Gaza: Prospects for revival under Hamas. In Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Assoication Annual Conference(pp. 71 - 73). : Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, August). The Fatah movement in Gaza: prospects for revival under Hamas. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Assoication Annual Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, April). Israeli biopolitics. Presented at 15th Annual AUC Research Conference. American University in Cairo, Egypt.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N., & Salter, MB.Israeli biopolitics: Closure, territorialisation and governmentality in the occupied palestinian territories.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007). Israeli biopolitics: Closure, territorialization and governmentality in the occupied Palestinian territories. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference: New Zealand Political Studies Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006). Electoral politics in Iran: Participation, management and elasticity in the Islamic Republic. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference(pp. 36). : University of Canterbury
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, August). Electoral politics in Iran: Participation, management and elasticity in the Islamic Republic. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, June). Fatah in the Palestinian authority: From party of state to loyal opposition?. Presented at 2nd World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies. Amman, Jordan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, June). The failure of reform in Egypt's party state: Where next for the National Democratic Party?. Presented at 2nd World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies. Amman, Jordan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Salter, M., & Parsons, NC. (2005, January). Israeli biopolitics and the documentation of Palestinian closure. Presented at Border Regions in Transition 7. Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2001, July). The challenge of revival of the National Democratic Party. Presented at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2000, July). Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Democracy or theocracy?. Presented at BRISMES Conference on Writing the Middle East. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.

Other

Parsons, NC. (2014, July). Biopolitics and resistance in Palestinian East Jerusalem. In Swinburne University of Technology, Democracy and Justice Seminar.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2014, July). Biopolitics and resistance in Palestinian East Jerusalem. In The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2013, September). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2012, October). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2012, August). Palestine through the Arab Spring.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2011, April). What is Israel doing in Palestine? Biopolitics, order and resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In Public Lecture organised by the Politics Department at Otago University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2010, September). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Staff Course 51.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2010). Israel-Palestine peace: Official efforts. (pp. 517 - 519). Oxford University Press
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2009, February). The Middle East. In NZDF Command & Staff College No. Staff Course. Presented at New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College, Trentham Military Camp..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2009, February). Politics in Gaza after the Israeli assault. In Palmerston North Lunch Club. Presented at Cloverlea Tavern, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2009). Israeli biopolitics, Palestinian policing: order & resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories. In The Wellington Palestine Group. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008). Israeli biopolitics: closure, territorialization and governmentality in the occupied Palestinian Territories.. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, October). Fatah in Gaza. In University of the Third Age. Presented at Te Manawa Science Centre, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, October). The Middle East: an introduction. In University of the Third Age. Presented at Te Manawa Science Centre, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008). Palestinian refugees. (pp. 23 - 24). Oxford University Press
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2008, July). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 49 Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, N. (2007). Fatah in the Palestinian Authority: From party of state to loyal opposition and back again?. Presented at Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007, May). The iron wall: Speakers panel. In Human Rights Network of Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Human Rights Film Festival, Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007, March). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 71 Junior Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007, July). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 48 Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2007, October). Aspects of Iranian Policy. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 48 Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, November). An analysis of the political reconstruction of Sudan. In New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Presented at Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, September). The current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. In The Wellington Palestine Group. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006). Fatah in the Palestinian authority: From party of state to loyal opposition?. Presented at University of Auckland, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006). Fatah in the Palestinian authority: From party of state to loyal opposition?. Presented at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, March). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 70 Junior Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2006, July). The Middle East. In New Zealand Defence Force Command & Staff College: No. 47 Staff Course Lecture. Presented at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2005, March). Resisting Zionist apartheid in Palestinian East Jerusalem. : Massey University School of History, Philosophy and Politics.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2005, November). Israel/Palestine: Independence and catastrophe. : Queen Elizabeth College Continuing Education Programme.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Browne, A., & Parsons, NC. (2005). A deadly game. (pp. 2).
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Holding, R., & Parsons, NC. (2005). On King Fahd's death and the implications for Saudi domestic and foreign policy. Radio Rhema
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2005). Radio interview on whether Israel's 'apology' over the New Zealand passport scandal was adequate. Radio Live
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2005, May). Recent developments in Israeli-Palestinian politics. : St. Peter's Church, Parish Fellowship.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004, September). Prospects for Palestine. : New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Palmerston North Branch.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). The funeral of Yasir Arafat. (pp. 2). Radio Pacific
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). The implications of Yasir Arafat's illness. (pp. 2). Radio Pacific
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). Yasir Arafat's illness. (pp. 2). Radio New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). Yasir Arafat. (pp. 2). Radio Network
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). Demographic time bomb. (pp. 2).
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004). Rise in violence tipped. (pp. 3).
[Other]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004, October). Israeli-Palestine conflict, and the reasons behind it. : Palmerston North Lunch Club.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.
Parsons, NC. (2004, September). Prospects for Palestine. : New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Palmerston North Branch.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Parsons, N.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2006 to present - New Zealand Defence Force
    Nigel lectures annually on the Middle East and Palestine/Israel at the NZDF Staff College, Trentham
  • June 2009 - United Nations
    In 2009 Nigel was invited to address the United Nations Asian and Pacific Meeting on the Question of Palestine. The meeting was held in Jakarta; Nigel's topic was New Zealand's position towards Israel / Palestine.

Languages

  • Arabic
    Last used: June 2012 in Palestine
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 1 1

Teaching

Undergraduate

Nigel's undergraduate teaching is framed by the Conceptual toolkit project, an initiative developed with teaching consultant Scott Symonds. The project places an emphasis on equiping students with concepts understood as tools for engineering political analysis. A short demonstration of the project received the award for best Pecha Kucha presentation at the annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (ascilite), held at Te Papa, Wellington, in 2012. 

Graduate

Nigel supervises graduate projects on a range of topics, typically in Middle Eastern and Palestinian politics:

PhD

Current - Joo Han Lee
A comparative analysis of the foreign policy discourse of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America regarding the Syrian civil war

MA

Current - Orphee Mickalad
Project on the politics of Palestine in international law

2014 - Pippa Barnes
The chaning face of Palestinian leadership: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

2012 - Jane Young
Otherwise occupied: an analysis of the causes and consequences of Zionist carceral practice

2012 - Amy Thomson
A principal-agent analysis of Iran-Palestine relations

2012 - Nadia Yousef
An explanation of the behaviour of the Egyptian military in the anti-Mubarak uprising of 2011

2010 - Tom Yang Yu
A comparative analysis of demographic growth in China and Egypt: people, policies and prospects

2009 - Katherine Lyons
The EU: an international agent in Palestine?

Honours

2014 - Connor Duffy
Aid effectiveness in Palestine: reviewing the public health system 

2013 - Nadia Jones 
Palestinian refugees in the Syrian civil war

2011 - Jane Young
Palestinian diplomacy and the UN: an assessment of the quest for statehood

2010 - Amy Thomson
An analysis of the causes and consequences of the post-election political protest in the Islamic Republic of Iran

2010 - Nadia Yousef
Egypt as a third party mediator in the Israel/Palestine conflict

2007 - Katherine Lyons
Fireworks in Palestine: the brief rise and rapid fall of the Palestinian unity government

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Joo Lee - Doctor of Philosophy
    A Comparative Analysis of the Foreign Policy Discourse of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America regarding the Syrian Civil War

Co-supervisor of:

  • Jasmine Soukieh - Doctor of Philosophy
    IMPROVING DIETARY IRON ADEQUACY IN LONG-TERM REFUGEE CAMP SETTINGS: PLANT USE AT THE BEDDAWI CAMP OF NORTHERN LEBANON

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2012 - Murad Ali - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Politics of Development Aid: The Allocation and Delivery of Aid from the United States to Pakistan

Media and Links

Media

  • 30 May 2012 - Newspaper
    Seminar at Arab American Uni. Jenin
    al-Ayyam (Palestine) - report
  • 30 May 2012 - Newspaper
    Political seminar at Arab American Uni. Jenin
    al-Hayat al-Jadida (Palestine) - report
  • 27 Nov 2012 - Newspaper
    Israel's aspirations key to understanding strife
    The Dominion Post - rejoinder to Israeli ambassador
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    On the crisis in Gaza
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  • 26 Jan 2015 - Radio, Online
    American Sniper misses mark
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  • 24 Oct 2014 - Newspaper
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  • 22 May 2012 - Radio
    Eye on Palestine - Part 2
    95bFM - interview
  • 21 May 2012 - Radio
    Eye on Palestine - Part 1
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  • 20 Sep 2013 - Radio
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  • 20 Jul 2014 - Newspaper
    A gaze into Gaza's violence
    Sunday Star Times - article
  • 20 Jul 2014 - Newspaper
    Crisis in Iraq
    Sunday Start Times - article
  • 20 Aug 2013 - Newspaper
    Egypt faces massive political challenge
    The Manawatu Standard - opinion piece
  • 18 Mar 2015 - Radio, Online
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    Newstalk ZB interview
  • 18 Jul 2014 - Radio, Online
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    Radio Live - interview
  • 17 Jun 2013 - Radio
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  • 16 Aug 2013 - Radio
    Army dragging Egypt back into undemocratic past
    Newstalk ZB - interview
  • 14 Nov 2012 - Television
    Will the Middle East melt down?
    Triangle Television - interview
  • 13 Jul 2014 - Radio, Online
    Gaza update
    Radio Live - interview
  • 12 Jan 2014 - Radio
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    Newstalk ZB
  • 10 Sep 2013 - Newspaper, Online
    Counter-revolt or electoral evolution?
    The Manawatu Standard - opinion piece
  • 09 Sep 2014 - Radio
    Diplomacy with Israel
    Radio Live - interview
  • 08 Oct 2013 - Television, Online
    Kiwi journo staying put in Cairo
    TV3 - interview
  • 05 Feb 2015 - Radio
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    Newstalk ZB - interview
  • 04 Oct 2014 - Newspaper
    Lecturer advocates caution on ISIS
    The Manawatu Standard - interview
  • 03 Oct 2012 - Newspaper
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  • 02 Mar 2015 - Radio, Online
    Are NZ's troops vital to fight the Islamic State?
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