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2021 NZPSA


NZPSA Annual Conference 2021

8 - 10 February 2022

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), City Campus

The Politics of Crisis

The annual conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association will be held at AUT from Tuesday 8th February until Thursday 10th February 2022. After a prolonged period of online interactions, we look forward to seeing everyone in person.

Registration for the conference is now open Click Here to Register

The conference pricing structure includes significant reductions for early bird registration, and for NZPSA membership. NZPSA membership can be applied for here: https://nzpsa.com/membership

Early Bird registration (expires Monday 24th January 2022):

NZPSA member: $340.00

Non-member: $390.00

Post-graduate student: $165.00

Day registration (any day): $190.00

Conference dinner: $100.00


Please note:

A Vaccine Pass will most likely be required to attend this conference. The organisers will publicise requirements for vaccine passes and mask-wearing closer to the event.

If the conference is cancelled by the Organisers or by AUT Events, or if reasons or factors outside the control of the Organisers or AUT Events mean that the conference cannot take place, the Registration Fee paid shall be refunded. Delegates who cancel their own registration, for whatever reason, will face an administration fee. See the Terms and Conditions of Registration on the registration link. 

Please note that delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and the conference organisers are not able to offer refunds or compensation for these, or other conference-related expenses, should the conference be cancelled. We advise delegates to consider insurance for this purpose.

Programme information:

For people wishing to book their travel to Auckland for this conference, please note the start and finish times in the provisional programme:

Tuesday 8th February 2022

9am-midday: Post-graduate pre-conference conference. This is open to all delegates who are post-graduate students. There is no charge for attending this event; please indicate your interest in attending this on the Registration Form.

11am-midday: Programme leader/Head of Department/Head of Schools meeting (proposed meeting TBC).

1.30pm Conference opening

Thursday 10th February

3.00pm Conference close; light refreshments.

We recommend delegates research across-Auckland travel times and airport check-in time requirements when booking flights. Airlines may require early check-ins to process vaccine passes.

Details TBC

Covid-19 Disclaimer:

Conference details as released assume the conference can proceed in accordance with covid-19 regulations and health advice. We may, however, be required to cancel or make changes to the conference, possibly at short notice. We will continue to take advice from our institution and follow all relevant public health guidelines, and publicise public health requirements and guidelines as promptly as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We are not in a position to offer advice, or assume risk, for people wanting to attend this conference from outside New Zealand, including overseas-based New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. 

The Politics of Crisis 

We are living through a world moment in which major social and political problems are frequently framed as crises. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with a global health crisis, leading to increased social and economic suffering in many parts of the world. It has also exposed crises in state capacity and political leadership in polities as diverse as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Brazil. The ability of international actors and institutions to cope with potential crises brought on by future pandemics, the climate emergency, pressures on trade routes and the global supply chain, and shifts in power dynamics in an increasingly multi-polar and fractured international system, is in question. For many countries, the crisis of democracy, marked by the rise of anti-system forces and anti-social political movements, has only deepened over the past two years. Democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand might not be under the same kind of pressures or to the same extent as it is elsewhere, but we face our own series of crises, nevertheless. Among other national and local problems that are described in crisis terms are the “housing crisis”, an “infrastructure crisis”, a “climate change crisis”, a “crisis in local governance” and a “mental health crisis”.  

This raises a number of questions that political scientists and political theorists might further investigate, including:  
  • What is lost and what is gained by framing policy problems as crises? Does it get us any closer to addressing difficult political problems?  
  • How do we overcome the moment of crisis to address issues in an inclusive and equitable way? 
  • How and why was it possible for the New Zealand government to successfully address the Covid-19 crisis, but has found longer-term political problems such as housing, poverty, or climate change much more intractable?  
  • Has this sense of crisis really increased over time, or is the sense of living through crisis a normal part of doing politics?  
  • Which actors and institutions are best positioned to resolve particular crises? National or transnational ones? Government or non-government? Local government or central government? 
  • What role does the media play in creating or heightening the sense of crisis?

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