annaDr Anna Powles
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies

Dr Anna Powles is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University. She has previously held positions as the Monitoring & Evaluation Security Sector Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme in Timor Leste, the Timor Leste Analyst with the International Crisis Group, and as Advisor to the Timorese Government advising on the Government’s response to the 2006 crisis. She has conducted humanitarian response evaluations for the Norwegian Government’s Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam International, and World Vision International; and was engaged by the Australian Civil Military Centre to research the role of the Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police (IDG) in the protection of civilians during the 2006 crisis in Timor Leste.

She has undertaken research projects with King’s College London Humanitarian Futures Programme on post-conflict recovery in the Solomon Islands and is currently researching civ-mil-pol integration in PSOs and the politicisation of protection of civilians. She is an Alumni Fellow of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, HI, and holds a PhD from the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre where she also coordinated the Asia-Pacific Security Studies programme from 2003-2005.

Anna Powles is co-editor of “United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach”, (Ashgate: July 2015); co-editor of “Private Military and Security Companies in the Pacific” (forthcoming: 2016); and is sole author of a book on the International Stabilisation Force in Timor Leste and the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands based on her doctoral field research and subsequent field research. Dr Powles teaches at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and the Brunei Armed Forces College.Dr Powles is the founder of the New Zealand affiliate of Women In International Security (WIIS NZ), a member of Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (Australia/New Zealand). She has advised the Pacific Small Arms Action Group / Oxfam Australia on gender, security sector and armed violence.


PhilippaPhilippa Robertson
WIIS NZ Program Administrator

Philippa works as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University’s Wellington Campus.  She came to the Centre in January 2014 and in this time has worked on many different projects for the Centre and WIIS NZ.  Philippa’s main roles include providing support for the WIIS NZ founder, Dr Anna Powles, and support for the Centre’s Research Coordinator and Postgraduate Student Advisor.

Philippa has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) from Dunedin College of Education.




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