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Our research advances knowledge of defence and security, and contributes to national, regional and global dialogues.

Research expertise

International security

Global security risks, the gathering and analysis of intelligence, critical analysis of intelligence in investigations and detection.


Military operations

Command and Leadership, joint, multinational and interagency environments, emerging and re-emerging defence challenges.


New Zealand security

Critical research into New Zealand security issues and religious diversity, New Zealand security research methodology, social change.


Regional specialisation

Geopolitics and security in the Pacific Islands region; role of regional and external actors in shaping and influencing regional security in the Pacific Islands; effective crisis management including peacekeeping; private security sector governance and state fragility.


Sector specialisation

Border management, border security in New Zealand's National Security System, Australia and New Zealand border-related interests and domains in the Antarctic, officials' performance of security in Australia and New Zealand, policy narrative.


War, conflict and society

Armed forces and society, war and society, military history, impact of historical events on contemporary warfare, the relationship between national interests and military strategy and the employment of military forces.


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Research projects

Student research

Research centres

Security, Politics and Development Network

The Security, Politics and Development Network focuses on the dynamics between security, political and development issues related to fragile environments, security sector development and governance, and post-conflict peace support and development programmes in the Asia Pacific region.

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Departments and staff

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