Research in Political Science and Public Policy
The study of political life is a broad endeavour including a range of specialties such as international relations, political theory, public policy and social policy. Public policy and social policy are both interdisciplinary areas of research examining how government bodies develop and implement policies in the context of political values and culture, economic constraints, and political party agendas. Social policy research is specifically concerned with how policy links to people’s social needs.
Current research themes at Waikato University include health and ageing care; immigration and sustainable citizenship; pacifism, terrorism and democracy; international relations and security.