Current research students within the Political Science and International Relations Research Programme are listed below in alphabetical order. The title of their dissertation and supervisor[s] is included.
On this page:
- International Relations PhD Students
- Recently Submitted International Relations PhD Students
- Political Science PhD Students
- Recently Submitted Political Science PhD Students
- International Relations Master of Arts Students
- Recently Submitted International Relations MA Students
- Political Science Master of Arts Students
- Recently Submitted Political Science MA Students
David Belgrave is a graduate of the University of Auckland (BA Hons), Massey University Albany (MPhil) and the Australian National University (MSA).
David has six years’ experience working as a history researcher at Massey University Albany. He has co-authored and project managed several multi-disciplinary reports. His work included areas such as cross-cultural research; land alienation; public works takings; resource, environmental and historic place management; environmental law; oral history; the Treaty of Waitangi; and the Maori Land Court.
David has broad research interests, but is primarily interested in high-intensity conflict and the Cold War. He also has specific interests in nuclear strategy, intelligence collection and analysis, surveillance, and the politics of the environment.
Thi Binh Khong
Thesis Title: 'Continuity, change and the success of transport sector climate change mitigation strategies in OECD countries'. Supervisors: John Leslie, Martin Manning (School of Government) and Ralph Sims (Massey)
Thesis Title: 'Indonesia's Environmental Diplomacy in ASEAN'.
Listiana Operananta was born in Bandung, West Java, a small town in Indonesia not too far away from the Capital of Jakarta. She went on her early education mostly in the Island of Java and finished her undergraduate from the Catholic University of Parahyangan in Bandung, majoring in International Relations with research emphasis on regional studies.
Shortly after graduated in 1993, she joined The Jakarta Post as one of their rookie’s journalist. Reading and writing are her past time interest, although after experiencing journalist life she got the knack of enjoying travelling to strange and different places.
Having International Relations as her background as well as writing quiet a lot of international and foreign affairs related articles for the news paper, she decided that working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be as adventurous as dodging interesting places for articles. She joined the Ministry in 1997 and proceeds to finish her Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Indonesia with Environmental Diplomacy as her dissertation theme.
Since working for the Ministry over 13 years ago, she has been involved in various issues, especially regional, bilateral, information and media as well as public diplomacy. Her first posting was with the Indonesian Embassy in London as Second Secretary and now Wellington is her second post as First Secretary. While assigning in Wellington as one of the official handling economic issues, she is also working part time on her proposal for her PhD at the Victoria University Wellington, majoring in International Relations. Listiana is married with two children.
Mohamad Zaki Al Anshori
Jean-Christopher (JC) Somers
Thesis Title: 'An Examination of the Fisheries Treaty between Pacific States and the USA'. Supervisor: David Capie
Thesis Title: 'New Zealand's Defence Diplomacy in Asia'. Supervisor: David Capie
Thesis Title: 'Post-conflict reconstruction in Bosnia'. Supervisor: Megan MacKenzie
Thesis Title: 'Chinese naval modernization and strategy change following the 2009 Impecable incident'. Supervisor: Marc Lanteigne
Thesis Title: 'China and the Politics of Energy Security'. Supervisor: Xiaoming Huang
Thesis Title: 'The Arms Trade Treaty as an Emerging Global Norm'. Supervisor: David Capie
Thesis Title: 'Small Arms abd Armed Violence in Papua New Guinea: Developing a Demand-reduction Agenda'. Supervisor: David Capie
I completed my BA in political science and media and communication along with my BA (Hons) in diplomacy and international relations at the University of Canterbury. I have joined Victoria University to undertake my MA in international relations to take advantage of the resources available in my field of research.
Thesis Title: 'Labour migration in the Gulf Cooperation Council States: Comparative Analysis of the Labour Nationalization Policies'. Supervisor: Kate McMillan
Thesis Title: 'Loose credit and low wages: a re-examination of US postwar economic history in light of the recent recession'. Supervisor: Ben Thirkell-White
Simon Le Quesne
Thesis Title: 'Mixing Business with Politics? The Role and Influence of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum'. Supervisor: David Capie
Simon now works at the Australian High Commission.
Thesis Title: 'The Pride Project: Assessing the regional approach to basic education delivery'. Supervisor: Ben Thirkell-White
Thesis Title: 'Energy Security in New Zealand Politics: Risk Perceptions and Political Agendas'. Supervisor: David Capie
Lucy is now working for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly Ministry of Economic Development) in the Resources Group. Her work invovles the hot topics petroleum and minerals exploration in NZ, such as gas fracking and off-shore drilling, and some climate change on the side through the Emission Trading Scheme. "Opportune because it is everything I studied in my masters at Vic."
Hannah Van Voorthuysen
Thesis Title: '"Just a Damned Nuisance?" New Zealand-Israel Relations 1948-2010'. Supervisor: David Capie
Thesis Title: 'The Indigenisation of the Honours system: Moving from Imperial to Localised Honours'. Supervisor: Stephen Levine
This thesis shall look at the process of indigenisation of the honours system in the Commonwealth Realms, with particular focus on New Zealand. This will provide an overview of the honours system in these realms, allowing me to compare and contrast their respective strengths and weaknesses. In doing so, I hope to create a better understanding of the structure and efficacy of the New Zealand Royal Honours.
Thesis Title: 'Life After Politics: The Post-leadership Activities in New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers, 1856-2008'. Supervisor: Jon Johansson
Seon Ah Choi
Thesis Title: 'The Politics of Presence: The selection and election of Asian MPs in NZ under MMP'. Supervisor: Stephen Levine
William (Bill) de la Mare
Thesis Title: 'An analysis of the issues confronting the developing Sino-New Zealand relationship from a Wellington perspective: balancing economic opportunity against popular opinion'. Supervisor: Marc Lanteigne
Thesis Title: 'Islam and the Challenges of Integration'. Supervisor: Kate McMillan
Thesis Title: 'The political economy of New Zealand's consumer price index'. Supervisor: John Leslie
This thesis examines the democratisation process and the durability of the single-party dominant political system in Malaysia and Singapore.
Thesis Title: 'The politics of integration: The impact of political ideology on the integration of immigrants in New Zealand and Ireland'. Supervisor: Kate McMillan
Thesis Title: 'Balancing the Books: The New Zealand Parliament and the Control and Scrutiny of Government Expenditure'. Supervisor: Emeritus Professor Margaret Clark.
Thesis Title: 'Political Leadership After the British - A Study of Jomo Kenyatta, Robert Mugabe and Julius Nyerere'. Supervisor: Jon Johansson
James is a keen surfer from Porirua who completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Victoria in 2009. In 2010, James did Honours in Political Science, in which he included an International Relations course in international migration and as well as a course in Chinese history.
Thesis Title: 'The Rise of the State: Broadband Policy in New Zealand, 2000-2011'. Supervisor: John Leslie
Thesis Title: 'Let them eat cake: gender, nationalism and tyranny in revolutionary France and Russia'. Supervisor: Jon Johansson
Thesis Title: 'Valuing Education: The role of Soft Power in Chinese Engagement in the South Pacific'. Supervisor: Marc Lanteigne
Biography: I completed my BA at Victoria University of Wellington in Political Science and International Relations, before spending a year at Canterbury University completing a BA (Hons) in Political Science. I returned to Victoria to undertake an MA because of the resources and facilities available in Wellington and at Victoria University in my field of research.
Thesis Title: 'Coordination of Immigration and Citizenship Policies in Regional Travel Arrangements'. Supervisor: Kate McMillan
Thesis Title: 'Justice and Health Care'. Supervisor: Xavier Marquez
Thesis Title: 'Foucault and Internation Relations: A New Conceptualisation of Biopower'. Supervisor: Xavier Marquez
Sun A Ku
Thesis Title: 'Temporary Migration as a Development Tool? The Potential of Pacific Seasonal Workers to meet New Zealand and Australia's development goals for the Pacific Islands?'. Supervisor: Kate McMillan
Stacey currently works as a Pacific analyst at the National Assessments Bureau, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and is also doing a post-graduate Development Studies course part-time through Massey University.
Thesis Title: 'In Search of a New Zealand Populism: Heresthetics, Character, and Populist Political Leadership'. Supervisor: Jon Johansson
Ben completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations in 2009, before completing a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in 2010. Ben began his Master of Arts in 2011, with a focus on populism and leadership in the New Zealand context.
Thesis Title: 'Shifting landscapes of self-determination - the Black women's movement, Aotearoa, 1978 - 1984'. Supervisors: Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary University of London) and Maria Bargh (Te Kawa a Maui)
Thesis Title: 'The Great Communicators and political reconstruction: A comparative study between President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama'. Supervisor: Jon Johansson