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Professor Priya Kurian

Role:                     Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Faculty:                FASS
Department:      Political Science and Public Policy

Research Expertise

  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Sustainability studies
  • Women, culture and development
  • Science and technology studies
  • Critical public policy
  • Democratic politics, with a specific focus on citizenship and public engagement

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Environmental policy
  • Global environmental politics
  • Media and politics
  • Gender, justice and the environment

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Deputy Chair, School of Social Sciences, University of Waikato, 2014-continuing
  • Co-Chair, Environmental Sustainability Committee, University of Waikato, 2011-2015
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2013-2017
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Public Understanding of Science, 2012-
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2004-
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Women’s Studies Journal, 2014-
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Women Talking Politics: The Research Magazine of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA), 2014-continuing
  • Chair, and founding member, Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre Trust, 2002-continuing


  • Rockefeller Foundation Grant, “Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice”, co-principal organiser of conference to be organised at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Italy, 14-16 July 2015.
  • Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award’, University of Waikato, 2012
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant. “Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies”, 2010-2013.
  • Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG) Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia, 2014-on-going.
  • Fellow, New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, 2013-on-going.
  • Top Paper Award (2nd Place), Ethnicity & Race in Communication Division, International Communication Association Conference, Montreal, 2008.

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