Defence and security research

Our research advances knowledge of defence and security, and contributes to national, regional and global dialogues.

Research expertise

International security

Energy and environmental security; human security; humanitarian assistance; maritime security; United Nations/peacekeeping/Women, Peace and Security.


Military operations

Civil-military relations, command and leadership, insurgency, military law, special operations, joint operations.


New Zealand security

Border control, cyber security, gender equality, defence and security policy, security sector reform.


Regional specialisation

New Zealand. Pacific Islands, Indo-Asia Pacific, South East Asia, Australia, Africa.


Sector specialisation

Crime science, customs, defence, defence and security technology, NGOs, policing.


War, conflict and society

Ancient and modern history, ethics and human rights, identity politics, post-conflict recovery, radicalism and terrorism, religion and politics.


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Student research

Research centres

Security, Politics and Development Network

The Security, Politics and Development Network focuses on the dynamics between security, political and development issues related to fragile environments, security sector development and governance, and post-conflict peace support and development programmes in the Asia Pacific region.

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