Research-defence.jpg The Centre for Defence and Security Studies has a multidisciplinary research specialisation that offers a critical analysis of the nexus of power, law, human rights, political resistance, as well as the impact of violence, securitisation and coercion on individuals, groups and nations. Our research is driven by, and also contributes to, our knowledge and understanding of contemporary and emerging security challenges.

Our scholarship blends academic and professional expertise thus contributing to national and international security dialogues, knowledge and understanding of key challenges facing society. Critical thinking in the area of defence and security enhances theory and practice relevant to our stakeholders; while exposure to research-led and research-informed education enhances the employability of our graduates.

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Security Politics and Development Network

The Security Politics and Development Network is a collaboration between the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. It brings an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nexus between security, political and development dynamics with respect to fragile environments, security sector development and governance, and post-conflict peace support and development programmes in the Asia Pacific region.

Psycurity Cluster

This cluster is an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies and the School of Psychology. This cluster was specifically formed to iterate the nexus between psychology and security studies.

Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific

Centre staff are members of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), a Track II (informal) diplomacy initiative. It provides a mechanism for scholars, officials and others in their private capacities, to discuss political and security issues as well as challenges facing the region.

The council also provides policy recommendations to various inter-governmental bodies, convenes regional and international meetings and forges linkages with institutions and organisations internationally. This enables groups in other parts of the world to exchange information, insights and experiences, and cooperate to build regional security.

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