Dr Anna Powles

Dr Anna Powles


Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Massey University of New Zealand


Dr Anna Powles is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University.

Her research in the Pacific is focussed on how state and non-state actors are shaping security and the intersection of geopolitics and local security dynamics.

She is an Associate Scholar with the MacMillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, and a Visiting Senior Fellow with the East-West Center in Honolulu.

She is also the co-founder of the Security, Politics and Development Network and the Director of Women in International Security (WIIS) New Zealand.

She has published widely on Pacific security issues and is completing the first comprehensive book on New Zealand policy in the Pacific in the current climate of shifting geopolitcs.

She has worked extensively in conflict affected and emergency humanitarian contexts in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, including with the United Nations, the International Crisis Group, and international NGOs.

She received her PhD from the Australian National University and is an alumni of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu.