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Dr Andy Asquith PhD, BA(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

School of Management

I was born and raised in Yorkshire. I  studied for my first degree and Doctorate in Birmingham. My Ph.D. examined how local authority chief executives (mis)managed change. In 1994 I joined the University of Luton where I researched and lectured in public sector management. There I was fortunate enough to be the lead country investigator for Ireland in the pan-national UDiTE Leadership Study. I  researched and presented on public sector management in a number of European countries. I  worked on two major collaborative projects with Russian Universities and was appointed as a Visiting Professor of Public Management at the Urals Academy of Public Administration in Ekaterinburg. 

I  left Luton in 2000 to join a major international organisation to engage in a major change management project, joining Massey in May 2005.  My research interests are in the areas of public sector organisations – specifically New Zealand local governance and politics. My current research interests lie in the changing leadership  roles of both local government mayors and chief executives in New Zealand and the debate surrounding the future role of local government. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in these areas of research.

I continue to present at both major national and international conferences, as well as being a frequent commentator in the media on local governance issues. I am the only New Zealand based academic/practittioner who is an Associate in the Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2011 was appointed as a  Visiting Professor of Public Management in Russia at both Moscow Higher School of Economics and at the Kazan Federal University.

In 2020 I was honoured to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). 

I am a passionate, long suffering supporter of Barnsley Football Club.

A professional Yorkshireman with a passion about the public/state sector with an emphasis on local body governance and politcs in New Zealand.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6951 6755
    Location: BSC3.02, Business Studies Central
    Campus: Palmerston North


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Central England in Birmingham (1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Second Class Honours) - City of Birmingham Polytechnic (1987)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Local body governance and politics in New Zealand

Research Opportunities

  • Local government in NZ: Tragedy or Farce  (01/01/08) Overview of the state of local government in NZ.
  • Mayoral power in NZ  (01/01/09) An investigation of the conception and misconception of the power of directly elected mayors in NZ.
  • Managing the Metro Sector  (03/03/10) An examination of the political and managerial issues surrounding the governance of big cities in New Zealand outside of Auckland.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Comparative Government and Politics (160603): New Zealand Government and Politics (160608): Policy and Administration (160500): Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified (160599): Political Science (160600): Public Administration (160509): Public Policy (160510): Studies In Human Society (160000): Urban Policy (160514)


State/public sector management with an emphasis on local body governance and politics in New Zealand.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • Yorkshire dialect
    Last used: 2010
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Brummie
    Last used: 2009
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

I currently teach:

152.263 Applied International Trade Management

152.740 Public Sector Management

I also act as a supervisor on the 152.785 - the research report.

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Patricia Loga - Doctor of Philosophy
    Public Service Motivation (PSM) and Leadership in a Post-Conflict State

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2012 - David Lyon - Doctor of Philosophy
    The development and performance of airports in New Zealand as commercial entitites

Media and Links


  • 24 Jun 2019 - Newspaper, Online
    Invisibility isn't good enough from our local body
    Opinion piece

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