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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 had over 30 years experience in the public sector and 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. Her particular area of expertise is border security.

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. 


Contact details

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

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Border security

Current projects:

  • How Australia and New Zealand enact and negotiate border-related interests and domains in the Antarctic where their individual claims intersect
  • The place of border security in New Zealand's National Security System

Border management

Officials' performance of security in Australia and New Zealand 

Policy narrative

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Australian Government and Politics (160601): International Relations (160607): New Zealand Government and Politics (160608): 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.

Supervision and Teaching


Course Coordinator :

149.170 Introduction to Border Security

149.380 Strategy and Security


Students enrolled in 149.820 Applied Security Research Project, for Master of International Security

Courses Coordinated

  • 149.170 Introduction to Border Security
  • 149.380 Strategy and Security
  • 230.792 Special Topic Humanities & Social Sciences

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