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Dr Powles has previously held positions as the Monitoring & Evaluation Security Sector Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme Timor Leste; the Timor-Leste Analyst with the International Crisis Group; Advisor to the Timorese Government on the GoTL’s response to the 2006 humanitarian crisis; and various consultancy positions with international NGOs including the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Action Aid and World Vision.
She holds a doctorate from the Australian National University and is an Alumni of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies iand the East-West Center n Honolulu.
Dr Anna Powles is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies. Her research is focussed on how state and non-state actors are shaping regional security and the intersection of geopolitics and local security dynamics in the Pacific Islands. She is an Associate Scholar with the MacMillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, and in 2019 was a Senior Visiting Fellowship with the East-West Center, Honolulu. She sits on the independent Pacific Advisory Group to the New Zealand Foreign Minister and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs Standing Committee.
Dr Anna Powles' research interests are::
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Defence Studies (160604): International Relations (160607): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Beth’s expertise in how states seek to provide for security and what this means for world order has resulted in three books on international policing (2009), police and military roles in peace and stability operations (2014 co-authored with Will Fish) and an edited collection on the New Zealand Army (2017). This expertise is reflected in her current role as the lead investigator on the SPD Network project examining engagement between militaries and academia. Her ongoing research interests include the relationship between liberalism and the use of force, how states seek to use their various agencies for security provision, international policing through the UN, South Pacific security, gender and security, and the nature of the relationship between public and private security actors. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University
Anna specializes in the security and geopolitics of the Pacific Islands region with a central focus on how state and non-state actors are changing the regional security order and the implications for crisis management. She has written widely on the nature of the changing regional security environment in the Pacific and her current research includes the 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; and the independence referendums in Bougainville and New Caledonia. Her research expertise is informed by several decades living and working in the Pacific and Southeast Asia including with the United Nations Development Programme as a Security Sector Reform Monitoring Specialist, the International Crisis Group’s Timor-Leste Analyst, and an advisor to the Timorese Government on the 2006-07 humanitarian emergency. She has consulted widely on humanitarian, civil-military, and protection issues including for the Australian Civil Military Centre, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam and World Vision. Recent publications include "United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach", (Ashgate: 2015).
Gerard brings over 25 years’ experience with development programmes in Africa to the SPDN. As an academic and practitioner, he has been engaged as a manager, trainer, researcher, or evaluator, focusing on local governance, particularly in the areas of education and health. Gerard has increasingly become involved with aid programmes in the Pacific in parallel with his academic research on local polities and small island states negotiating development sovereignty. He is particularly interested in building bridges between the work of practitioners and the work of researchers in the following three spheres: development programmes in practice, development policies and politics, and teaching and researching development work.
Dr Harding, a social anthropologist, graduated with her PhD in 2016. Her thesis explored the processes of identity acquisition in the transition from civilian to soldier. She was embedded with a cohort of new soldiers through the first year and a half of their careers in the New Zealand Army, from their first day of basic training to their first overseas deployment.
She has spent four months in basic training at Waiouru Military Camp, four months of infantry corps training at Burnham Military Camp, four months with the 1st Battalion at Linton Military Camp, and four months deployed with a peacekeeping platoon in the Solomon Islands.
Nina's Master's thesis was based on the deployment stories of Royal New Zealand Airforce veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Her research has contributed to the book on Army Fundamentals: From making soldiers to the limits of the military instrument (2017).
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