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Terry Johanson


School of People, Environment and Planning

Terry Johanson MMAS, MA

Lecturer Centre for Defence and Security Studies


Terry Johanson is a Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, College of Humanities, and Social Sciences, on Massey University’s Manawatu Campus. Terry has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in military command, military operations and defence planning. He currently teaches Defence Studies courses in Global Defence Challenges, Irregular Warfare and Legacies of War. Between 2011 and 2018, Terry educated military professionals at the Command and Staff College programmes of the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Armed Forces and New Zealand Defence Force.

Prior to joining Massey University, Terry served 17 years as an Artillery Officer in the New Zealand Army during which he conducted operational tours to East Timor and Afghanistan as well as overseas training in Europe, South East Asia and North America. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and UK Royal School of Artillery.

Terry has published academic articles and presented conference papers on New Zealand’s National Security System and niche military capability in small states. His research interests are national security, future defence challenges, and the impact of violence on post-conflict societies. Terry is currently a PhD candidate researching the evolving role of military forces in the contemporary security environment.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 9517515
    Location: 605, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Manawatu

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Defence Studies, Military Operations, Irregular Warfare, National Security


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Defence Studies (160604): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs


Johanson, TC. (2016). Weapon of Mass Distraction: New Zealand's National Security System. Democracy and Security. 13(2), 103-116
[Journal article]Authored by: Johanson, T.


Johanson, TC. (2017). New Zealand's national security coordination. In W. Hoverd, N. Nelson, & C. Bradley (Eds.) New Zealand National Security Challenges, Trends and Issues. (pp. 237 - 253). : Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Johanson, T.


Johanson, TC. (2014). The emperor's new clothes: New Zealand's whole of government approach to national security. (Master's Thesis, Massey University)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Johanson, T.


Johanson, TC. (2017, September). Rethinking the relevance of military force in small states: The case for niche military strategy. Presented at 11th Pan European Conference on International Relations. Barcelona, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johanson, T.
Johanson, TC. (2016, November). In the name of security: Liberal democracy and New Zealand's security discourse. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johanson, T.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links


  • 15 Mar 2017 - Video
    Big Issues in Security – Ethical Dilemmas in the
    As part of a Centre for Defence and Security Studies video series on Big Issues in Security, I discuss my experiences of serving in conflict zone and the ethical dilemmas faced by actors involved in

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