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The NZPSA has a Women's Representative and Women's Caucus which aims to support women in the political science profession in Aotearoa New Zealand, and meets yearly at the NZPSA Conference. The 2024 Women's representative is Shirin Brown of Auckland University of Technology | Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau.

Report on the Status of Women in Political Science

In 2012, the NZPSA held a one day workshop in Wellington to assess the status and progress of women in the academic discipline of political studies. The NZPSA is very pleased to publish here the subsequent report by Aysser Al Janabi, Kate McMillan and Carla Lam, Advancing the Status of Women in Political Science and International Relations in New Zealand. This innovative study brings global research to bear on the status of women and presents the findings of the first comprehensive survey of the representation of women in Aotearoa New Zealand political science: an under-representation of women as graduate students, as faculty (particularly senior faculty), and as the subject of academic analysis within the curriculum. It also makes a number of important recommendations for the future that we encourage you all to familiarise yourself with. At the 2015 NZPSA Conference, we held a half-day workshop to discuss the implementation of these recommendations. You can read the full report here.

Women Talking Politics

At the annual conference in 2014 and under the editorship of Valentina Cardo, the NZPSA relaunched Women Talking Politics in a new format as an annual research magazine that publishes news items and blind, peer-reviewed research notes by women on politics, including gender and women’s issues.

The first two issues were funded by the new NZPSA bi-annual grant. The magazine is open to all women and particularly aims to support postgraduates and early career researchers in their efforts to publish. Please go to the webpage for further information.

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