Areas of expertise
Intellectually, my research programme is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender, and links insights from critical social theory with a strong commitment to empirical research.
My aim is to challenge conventional understandings of globalisation as an inevitable 'new reality' by showing that it is a contested and contradictory process in the making. Relatedly, I have a long standing research interest in theorising neo-liberalism and 'post-welfarist' governance. My empirical projects include research on economic and social policies, industry restructuring, and community development. I have received a number of national and international awards, including a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, a Canadian Government Faculty Research Award, a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant (with Richard Le Heron), a Fulbright New Zealand Senior Fellowship, and a Queen Mary Distinguished Visiting Fellowship.