The Political Science programme has a strong research portfolio clustered around several areas of expertise. These include:
• conflict and conflict mediation
• democracy and democratisation
• security and defence studies
• humanitarian intervention and peace studies
• political participation and political behaviour
• science and technology policy (e.g. environmental politics; biomedical policies)
• nationalism and the politics of race and ethnicity
• political economy
• political theory
• political parties, institutions, and elections
• public policy
• New Zealand politics
• politics of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
Related strengths are in theoretical approaches to war and intervention, with a focus on the issues of identity, human rights, democracy, globalisation, and international law; comparative politics; international security (arms control, disarmament and counter-terrorism); nuclear diplomacy; international relations theory; global governance; and peace and conflict studies.