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Dr Germana Nicklin

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director

Centre for Defence and Security Studies

Regional Director - Wellington

CoHSS - Deputy PVC's Office

Dr Germana Nicklin has over 30 years experience in the public sector. She brings a wealth of practical security experience from 17 1/2 years in the New Zealand Customs Service where she held various senior strategic advisory roles that exposed her to the security environment both nationally and internationally. 

She holds a PhD in Public Policy for which she received a Dean's Award, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, and a Master of Public Policy with Distinction, all from Victoria University of Wellington. Her interdisciplinary PhD thesis is “Trans-Tasman Border Stories: Actor-Network Theory and Narrative in Action”.  


Contact details

  • Ph: ext 63013
    Location: 1b, 7D
    Campus: Wellington

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Border security

Economic security

Policy narrative

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
International Relations (160607): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Public Administration (160509): Public Policy (160510): Studies In Human Society (160000)




Policy narrative

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs


Nicklin, GM. (2015). Uncertainty in policy: Implications for practice. Policy Quarterly. 11(4), 58-62 Retrieved from http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2012). Strategic thinking, shared meaning-making and the interpretive turn in policy - a case study. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 71(1), 45-54 Retrieved from https://www.blackwellpublishing.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.


Nicklin, GM. (2017). Border narratives and practices: A window into economic security. In W. Hoverd, N. Nelson, & C. Bradley (Eds.) New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues. (pp. 180 - 198). Auckland: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Nicklin, G.


Nicklin, GM. (2015). Trans-tasman border stories: Actor-network theory and policy narrative in action. (Doctoral Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Nicklin, G.


Nicklin, GM.Between a rock and a SmartGate: actor-network effects on the practices of officials in trans-Tasman border management. . Budapest, Hungary
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2017, January). Understanding economic security: narrative effects and policy choices at the New Zealand border. Presented at Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2016, October). Challenges with creating a maritime patrol strategy. Presented at Navy League of New Zealand Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2015, June). The effect of EU integration on trans-Tasman border configurations: Lessons for the Asia-Pacific. Presented at European Union Studies Association Asia-Pacific Conference, Seoul, Korea. Seoul, Korea.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2013, September). Anatomy of border management in a single economic market. Presented at 8th WCO PICARD Conference. St Petersburg, Russia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2012, November). Economic Markets, their Borders and Networks. Presented at New Zealand Political Science Association Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.


Nicklin, GM. (1998). The Key Limitations and Possibilities for the Child Support Scheme Administration in New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Nicklin, G.

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