The NZPSA recognises the importance of its Postgraduate members and aims to foster both excellent research and professional development opportunities. To help facilitate and execute these goals Postgraduate Representatives act as liaisons between postgraduate members and the executive committee. Among other initiatives, the Postgraduate membership has an Annual Postgraduate Pre-Conference Workshop and a communication network established as a forum for discussion, exchange of ideas and the development of relationships among the political studies postgraduate community across Aotearoa/New Zealand and beyond.

2014 Postgraduate Workshop

The University of Auckland’s Politics and International Relations Department proudly hosted a highly informational postgrad workshop for the 2014 NZPSA Conference. An international body of over 30 postgraduates from Aotearoa/New Zealand and abroad engaged in a variety of participatory seminars. Designed for postgrads at any stage, our workshops focused on some of the most important aspects of the thesis-writing experience: research methods, writing-styles, free lunches, and publishing. Our methods workshop guides, Professors Julie Park and Peter Davis, inspired us to bridge the divide between quantitative and qualitative modes of thinking. Jennifer Tatebe’s writing workshop initiated a lively conversation concerning voice and style in our academic writing. Finally, Stephen Noakes and Richard Jackson closed the day with a seminar on currents in publishing, personal branding, and social media. Aside from strengthening our practical skills, the workshop provided opportunities for strategic networking and set a scholarly and informed tone for the conference that would follow – find the programme here.

Postgraduate Representative contact details:

Geoffrey Ford (University of Canterbury):


Lara Greaves (University of Auckland):

lara greaves

NZPSA Postgraduates on Facebook

The NZPSA Postgraduate section works to foster both excellent research and professional development opportunities. The NZPSA Postgraduate section manages 2 platforms for postgraduates:

  1. An open page for interaction between members & external organizations (; and
  2. A closed/private group for discussion, conference/event planning, and peer essay/article sharing and feedback (

Postgraduate Prizes & Awards

Annual prizes are available at the NZPSA Conference for the best postgraduate papers and there are opportunities to apply for travel/registration awards for postgraduates at the UK, Canadian and Australian PSA Conferences.

Past Events

2014 Postgraduate Students’ Workshop, University of Auckland, 30 November – Programme

2013 Postgraduate Students’ Workshop, University of Canterbury, 4 December – Programme

2012 Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event, Victoria University of Wellington, 26 November – Programme

2012 Postgraduate Conference on Power and Politics, University of Otago, 2 – 3 July 2012 – Programme

2011 Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event, the University of Otago – Programme

Grad conf tony and ashley the organisers (1)grad conf 2

actual grad conference round tablegrad conf