Research Profile

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The Centre for Defence and Security Studies has a multidisciplinary research specialisation that offers a critical analysis of the nexus of power, law, human rights, political resistance, as well as the impact of violence, securitisation and coercion on individuals, groups and nations. Our research is driven by, and also contributes to, our knowledge and understanding of contemporary and emerging security challenges.

Our scholarship blends academic and professional expertise thus contributing to national and international security dialogues, knowledge and understanding of key challenges facing society. Critical thinking in the area of defence and security enhances theory and practice relevant to our stakeholders; while exposure to research-led and research-informed education enhances the employability of our graduates.

Multidisciplinary Research Specialisations

New Zealand Security
Border Control - Cyber Security - Gender Equality - Defence and Security Policy - Security Sector Reform

International Security
Energy and Environmental Security - Human Security - Humanitarian Assistance - Maritime Security - United Nations/Peace Keeping - Women/Peace and Security

Sector Specialisation
Crime Science – Customs – Defence - Defence and Security Technology - NGO’s - Policing

Regional Specialisation
New Zealand - Pacific Islands - Indo-Asia Pacific - South East Asia – Australia - Africa

War, Conflict and Society
Ancient and Modern History - Ethics and Human Rights - Identity Politics - Post-Conflict Recovery - Radicalism and Terrorism - Religion and Politics

Military Operations
Civil-Military Relations - Command and Leadership – Insurgency - Military Law - Special Operations -Joint Operations

Centre staff are members of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), a Track II (informal) diplomacy initiative. It provides a mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities, to discuss political and security issues as well as challenges facing the region.

The Council also provides policy recommendations to various inter-governmental bodies, convenes regional and international meetings and forges linkages with institutions and organisations internationally. This enables groups in other parts of the world to exchange information, insights and experiences, and cooperate to build regional security.

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