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Nick Nelson

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

Nick is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University with extensive experience in both the security sector and academia. He teaches in a diverse range of subject areas including terrorism and political violence; human factors in cyber security; and the psychology of security. His main research interest is in understanding how the online environment impacts on security at individual, group and societal levels.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Nick's research interests include the psychology of security and the impact of the online environment on security.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs

Book

Hopner, V., Hodgetts, D., Carr, S., Nelson, N., Chamberlain, K., & Ball, R. (2021). Assembling the psycurity accord in response to the early COVID-19 outbreak in Aotearoa New Zealand. In I. Strasser, & M. Dege (Eds.) The psychology of global crises and crisis politics: Intervention, resistance, decolonization.. (pp. 19 - 42). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
[Chapter]Authored by: Ball, R., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.
Nelson, NRP. (2017). Conclusion. In W. Hoverd, N. Nelson, & C. Bradley (Eds.) New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Issues and Trends. (pp. 326 - 337). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Nelson, N.Edited by: Nelson, N.
Hoverd, WJ., Nelson, N., & Bradley, C. (Eds.) (2017). New Zealand national security: Challenges, trends and issues. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Edited Book]Authored by: Nelson, N.Edited by: Hoverd, W., Nelson, N.
Paul, C., & Nelson, NRP. (2016). What threats do terrorism and insurgency pose in the Asia-Pacific. In A. Carr, & J. Wallis (Eds.) Asia-Pacific Security: An introduction. (pp. 163 - 182). Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Powles, AR., Partow, N., & Nelson, N. (Eds.) (2015). United nations peacekeeping challenge: The importance of the integrated approach. Farnham, United Kingdon: Ashgate
[Edited Book]Authored by: Partow, N.Edited by: Nelson, N., Partow, N., Powles, A.
Gardner, D., Hopner, V., McNaught, A., Nelson, NRP., & Chamberlain, K. (2015). Processes to support psychological well-being in deployed personnel. In A. Powles, N. Partow, & N. Nelson (Eds.) United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach. (pp. 131 - 148). Farnham, England: Ashgate
[Chapter]Authored by: Gardner, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.Edited by: Nelson, N., Partow, N., Powles, A.

Journal

Nelson, N., & Barnett, E. (2019). Reserach Approaches to Terrorism: A way Forward for New Zealand. National Security Journal. 1(1), 49-59
[Journal article]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, N. (2018). Enhancing cybersecurity through talent management. Line of Defence. Autumn, 2018 Retrieved from http://www.defsecmedia.co.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Ball, R., Battersby, J., & Nelson, N. (2020). New Zealand's Counter Terrorism Strategy: A Critical Assessment. National Security Journal. 2(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ball, R., Nelson, N.
Carr, SC., Hopner, V., Hakim, MA., Hodgetts, DJ., Chamberlain, K., Nelson, N., . . . Jones, H. (2021). Scaling the Security Staircase. Political Psychology. 42(4), 575-595
[Journal article]Authored by: Ball, R., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Hopner, V., Jones, H., Nelson, N.
Hopner, V., Hodgetts, D., Carr, S., Ball, R., Nelson, N., & Chamberlain, K. (2020). Introduction to the special section on the psychology of security. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 9(1), 1-4
[Journal article]Authored by: Ball, R., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.Edited by: Ball, R., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.
Hoverd, WJ., Paul, C., & Nelson, N. (2014). A Promising Thaw. Proceedings Magazine. 140(9/1,339), 60-65 Retrieved from http://wmiller@usni.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Hoverd, W., Nelson, N.

Conference

Nelson, N., & Hodgetts, D. (2022, October). The annihilation of democracy: Psychology, institutionalised despondency, impunity, and the rise of authoritarianism. Presented at 26th Annual South African Psychology Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hodgetts, D., Nelson, N.
Nelson, N. (2022, May). The Impact of Social Media on National Security. Presented at Understanding the Challenges around Democracy, Social Media and Security in Aotearoa. Online.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, N. (2022, February). Social Media and the Politics of Crisis. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference. Online.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Rogers, D., Nelson, N., & Battersby, J. (2022, February). Public Inquiries on Counterterrorism: An Independent Appraisal of New Zealand's Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch Terrorist Attack. Presented at Trans-disciplinary Dialogue on New Zealand Counterterrorism Approach. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, N. (2021, April). Social Media and New Zealand's National Security. Presented at Securing NZ's Borders, Facilities & Public Spaces. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NRP. (2017, October). Cyberpsychology: Understanding the human factors in cyber security. Presented at New Zealand Defence Industry Association - Defence, Industry and National Security Forum 2017. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Hopner, V., Nelson, N., Hodgetts, DJ., Chamberlain, K., & Ball, R. (2015). ISIS and the psychology of terror. In NZDC The Fifth New Zealand Discourse Conference Abstract Book(pp. 50 - 50). , The Fifth New Zealand Discourse Conference (NZDC5) Auckland, New Zealand: Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication, AUT University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Ball, R., Hodgetts, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.
Gardner, DH., Chamberlain, K., Hopner, V., McNaught, A., & Nelson, N. (2013). Processes to support psychological well-being in deployed personnel. , Pacific Army Chiefs Conference/Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PACC/PAMS),
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gardner, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012, August). Ensuring national security through reconciliation and sustainable eevelopment. Presented at Sir John Kotelawala University Annual Symposium. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012, July). Intelligence-led security operations: Educating intelligence professionals. Presented at New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012, March). The US pivot to the Asia-Pacific: A New Zealand response. Presented at Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research Symposium. Bangkok, Thailand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2011, August). The influence of differing anxiety interventions on the pre-competitive anxiety and subsequent performance of athletes. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011. Queenstown, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.

Other

Rogers, D., Nelson, N., Battersby, J., & Ball, R. (2021, May). Panel Discussion: Reflections on the Royal Commission's Report. Presented at Social & Cultural Studies Seminar Series, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ball, R., Nelson, N., Rogers, D.
Hopner, V., Nelson, N., & Battersby, J. (2018, July). Countering Violent Extremism in New Zealand. In United Nations Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UN CTED), INTERPOL and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hopner, V., Nelson, N.
Nelson, NRP. (2017, September). Insurgency and terrorism in the Asia-Pacific region. In Pacific Security Dynamics Course. Presented at Massey University, Auckland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NRP., & battersby, J. (2017). Countering terrorism: Do we restrict human rights?. Hawkes Bay Today & NZME Publishing Limited
[Other]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2013). The Boston Bombing - An Analysis. Radio Live
[Other]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012). The Thawing of US/NZ Defence Relations: The Visit of Leon Panetta to NZ. Radio NZ
[Other]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012). The cost of security to future Olympics. The Dominion Post
[Other]Authored by: Nelson, N.
Nelson, NR. (2012). Security of the 2012 London Olympics.
[Other]Authored by: Nelson, N.

Report

Gardner, D., Hopner, V., McNaught, AJ., Nelson, N., & Chamberlain, K.(2015). A process review of deployment and psychological wellbeing in the New Zealand Defence Force. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Gardner, D., Hopner, V., Nelson, N.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated