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Dr Germana Nicklin PGDipSS, MPP, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of People, Environment and Planning

Regional Director - Wellington

College Office - Wellington

Germana is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a founding member of the International Centre for Migration and Border Security Studies.

She is on the Board of the Indo-Pacific Counter-Proliferation Initiative, which is a newly established non-governmental organisation that aims to work collaboratively with island nations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans to combat risks of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. 

Dr Germana Nicklin researches borders, with a special interest in liminal and obscured borders and teaches topics related to border security & resource security. She has had over 30 years experience in the public sector including 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. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: ext 63013
    Location: 05b, 7D
    Campus: Wellington


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies - Victoria University (2010)
  • Master of Public Policy (Distinction) - Victoria University (1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Victoria University (2015)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Border security

Maritime security

Political geography

Policy narrative

Current projects:

  • Antarctic bordering 
  • Scoping the vulnerabilities to New Zealand's national security from major supply chain disruptions
  • Comparing Sri Lanka and New Zealand maritime security interests

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Australian Government and Politics (160601): Human Geography (160400): Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499): International Relations (160607): New Zealand Government and Politics (160608): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Political Science not elsewhere classified (160699): Public Administration (160509): Public Policy (160510): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Border Studies


Policy narrative


Political geography


Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs


Ferrill, J., Nicklin, G., Legrand, T., & McComas, H. (2021). Security beyond the border: exploring Australia and New Zealand trans-Tasman relations in a globalised world. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 59(4), 399-423
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Frame, B., Yermakova, Y., Flamm, P., Nicklin, G., De Paula, G., Badhe, R., . . . Tuñez, F. (2021). Antarctica’s Gateways and Gatekeepers: Polar scenarios in a polarising Anthropocene. Anthropocene Review.
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2021). Securing the Maritime Domain: U.S. and New Zealand in a Bordered Pacific. National Security Journal. 3(1), 1-21 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Cleaver, O., & Nicklin, G. (2020). Maintaining Social Licence for Government Use of False Social Media Personas. National Security Journal. 2(1), Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2020). The implied border mechanisms of Antarctica: Arguing the case for an Antarctic borderscape. Borderlands Journal. 19(1), 27-62 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2019). Dynamic narrative: a new framework for policy success. International Review of Public Policy. 1(2), 173-193 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2019). Turning attention to the layered and dispersed access management system of the Antarctic Treaty System. Polar Journal. 9(2), 424-444
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, GM. (2015). Uncertainty in policy: Implications for practice. Policy Quarterly. 11(4), 58-62 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2012). Strategic Thinking, Shared Meaning-Making and the Interpretive Turn in Policy - A Case Study. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 71(1), 45-54
[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, G. (2019, July). Borderscaping Antarctica. Presented at Technologies of Bordering: Creating, Contesting and Resisting Borders. Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2019, June). Antarctic access, boundaries and security. Presented at New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference. Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2019, April). Securing Antarctica’s borders: an unarticulated challenge for the Antarctic Treaty System. Presented at SC-HASS ANTARCTIC CONNECTIONS AT THE END OF THE WORLD: UNDERSTANDING THE PAST AND SHAPING THE FUTURE. Ushuaia, Argentina.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2018, November). Lifting the Fog on New Zealand's Bordering Responsibilities for Antarctica. Presented at New Zealand Political Science Association. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G.Fuzzy Borders in No Man's Land: The importance of bordering to Antarctica. . Brisbane, Australia
[Conference Paper]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, G. (2021, February). Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities (MIQs) in New Zealand: Seeing Like a Border. In Australian Critical Border Studies Symposium. Presented at Online.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nicklin, G.
Nicklin, G. (2019). Division and differentiation: Insights for border management from Ireland and Aotearoa New Zealand. : Border Management Magazine
[Internet publication]Authored by: Nicklin, G.Contributed to 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.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Masters Supervision:

Since 2017, I have successfully supervised 11 students (two were co-supervised) in 294.820 Applied Security Research Project, for Master of International Security. 

I am accredited to co-supervise PhD candidates, but not to be the primary supervisor. 

Courses Coordinated

  • 294.170 Introduction to Border Security
  • 294.201 States, Borders and Resource Security
  • 294.716 Securing Mobility in an Uncertain World

Graduate Supervision Statement

I have a facilitative approach to supervision, where I both guide students through the research process and help them discover their own voice as researchers. My research interests centre on borders (defined broadly), including maritime borders, and on the operation of networks within governmental and international systems. 

Dr Germana Nicklin is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0