Professor Priya Kurian

Qualifications: BA (University of Madras), MA, PhD (Purdue University)

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About Me

Programme: Political Science & Public Policy

School: Social Sciences

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Research Interests and Expertise

I am a feminist political scientist who brings issues of gender, race and postcolonial theory to the core of my work. I draw on feminist and postcolonial theory to uncover the ways in which dominant, primarily western, worldviews legitimise global political power structures. My research is interdisciplinary and involves work on environmental, social, and cultural sustainability through a focus on three overlapping areas of study: environmental politics and policy (with attention to issues of sustainable development); policy studies (especially science and technology politics); and development studies (specifically ‘women, culture, and development’).

Current research includes a Marsden Grant-funded project (with Debashish Munshi) on ‘Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies’ and a study of transnational feminist networks and the use of social media in mobilizing on violence against women.


I use a range of research methods informed by critical feminist, postcolonial and deliberative democracy theories, including semi-structured interviews; discourse analysis; citizen jury; and Q Methodology.

'Favourite' Theorist(s)

Donna Haraway, Edward Said, bell hooks, John Dryzek

Recent Publications

  • Romero-Lankao, P., Bulkeley, H., Pelling, M., Burch, S., Gordon, D. J., Gupta, J., . . . Munshi, D. (2018). [Comment] Urban transformative potential in a changing climate. Nature Climate Change, 8(9), 754-756. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0264-0

  • Munshi, D., Kurian, P., & Xifra, J. (2017). An (other) ‘story’ in history: Challenging colonialist public relations in novels of resistance. Public Relations Review, 43(2), 366-374. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2017.02.016

  • Pandey, C., & Kurian, P. (2017). The media and the major emitters: Media coverage of international climate change policy. Global Environmental Politics, 17(4), 67-87.

  • Simon-Kumar, R., Kurian, P., Young-Silcock, F., & Narasimhan, N. (2017). Mobilising culture against domestic violence in migrant and ethnic communities: practitioner perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(4), 1387-1395. doi:10.1111/hsc.12439

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Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

A former journalist, Priya enjoys teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also enjoys the stimulus of supervision and is currently supervising 5 PhD and 3 Masters students. In 2012 she won the University of Waikato’s Research Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award.

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Kurian, Prof Priya 9319 pkurian J.2.15 Political Science & Public Policy

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