In 2016, the Centre hosted Annika Naumann, a intern from Heidelberg, Germany. Annika is completing her Masters Degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Heidelburg, and her internship with the Centre served as a requirement of her degree. Dr. Kennedy Graham acted as internship supervisor and Rod Oram acted as research advisor along with Dr. Kennedy Graham. Together they guided her research work: the relationship between trade and climate policy in the post-Paris global economic context. Annika spent six weeks at the Centre and also had the opportunity to travel around New Zealand meeting with various Board Members at Universities across the country.

In 2015, the Centre hosted interns for the first time, in response to an approach from Auckland University. The idea of such internships was developed by the University’s Assoc. Prof Jennifer Curtin and the Centre’s Director, Dr Kennedy Graham, who acted as internship supervisor.
Two students from the School of Politics and International Relations spent a three-month period (August to October) at the Centre, pursuing research associated with their academic courses.
– Meredith Lawry produced a paper on the ethics and law of climate change targets;
– Skye Stuart-Menteath produced a paper on health security and global epidemic disease.
Meredith was guided in her work by Assoc. Prof Prue Taylor (NZCGS board member), while Skye was guided by Dr Nina Veenstra (NZCGS secretariat).
The two interns also contributed to the Centre’s organizational work, preparing a workshop on their subjects with recognised climate & health expert, Prof Alistair Woodward (Auckland University and IPCC author), and assisting in a parliamentary conference on climate targets in Wellington, hosted by Dr Graham.
The two papers produced by the interns can be seen below.
In 2016, plans are underway to host a student from Heidelberg University, Germany.

Climate and Health Roundtable (Waiheke Island, October 2015)

A half-day roundtable was convened at the Centre on 11 October 2015 on “Climate and Health: Implications for Global Governance”.


The Roundtable, chaired by NZCGS Director, Kennedy Graham, was occasioned as part of the two internship courses being undertaken at the Centre in collaboration with the University of Auckland.

Two students, Meredith Lawry and Skye Stuart-Menteath, are each pursuing a three-month internship as part of their honours degrees. Meredith’s subject is Climate Change and Ethics. Skye’s subject is the Securitisation of Global Health: Health Pandemics and Implications for Global Governance.

The guest speaker at the Roundtable was Prof Alistair Woodward (University of Auckland) who has been involved in IPCC work on climate and health issues for 20 years, and is recognised as one the world’s leading authorities on the subject.

The Climate-Health Roundtable saw presentations from the students, followed by a response from Prof Woodward, and insights from all other participants. They included:

Meredith Lawry, Univerrsity of Auckland
Skye Stuart-Menteath, University of Auckland
Prof Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland
Dr Kennedy Graham, Director, NZCGS
Dr Nina Veenstra, Project Adviser, NZCGS
Vernon Tava, Community Services lawyer
Golriz Ghahraman, Human Rights lawyer
Jenni Smith, Supervising Duty Lawyer for the Public Defence Service at Manukau
Libby Giles, Auckland Girls Grammar School
Lucy Stewart, NZ Peace Foundation

Internship Research Papers

Annika Naumann Research Paper NZCGS
The Securitisation of Health and the UNSC
Ethics and Climate Change

Internship Testimonials

Annika Naumann
Hello, I am Annika and I am a student of political science with a special focus on international relations at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. The masters program at the university includes a research internship and I decided that I wanted to do this internship abroad. As I am very interested in New Zealand I was glad that I got the chance to do this six week internship at the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies starting in August 2016. I enjoyed my stay very much and I am grateful especially to Dr Kennedy Graham who not only supported me at any time in my research but also worked out an amazing program that made it possible for me to learn as much as possible about New Zealand. During my trip across the North Island I got some insight into the work of the New Zealand Parliament in Wellington and met people working in the range of political science including professors at the Universities of Auckland, Hamilton and Palmerston North. Those meetings helped me to write my research paper which I had to hand in at the university in Heidelberg. As my minor subject is economics I wanted to combine this research area with my interest in political science. My topic is, therefore, global economy and climate change. With the extensive support of business journalist Rod Oram who has decades of experience I analyzed the roles of International Agencies in the implementation process of the Paris Agreement of 2015. During my stay on Waiheke Island the Global Citizenship Retreat 2016, hosted by the Centre, took place and I was very impressed by the progress achieved by Libby Giles and all the other people involved promoting this subject. I am sure that this wasn’t my last visit to New Zealand and I hope to stay in touch with the Centre. Thank you very much. Annika

Skye Stuart-Menteath
Kia ora, Skye here. Originally from the West Coast, I have lived all over New Zealand and currently reside on Waiheke Island. I completed my undergraduate degree at Otago University in 2009, and after three years teaching in Auckland and Rarotonga, and a year traveling around Asia, I decided to embark on some postgraduate study before I got too old.
My interests lie in geopolitical analysis, security studies, ethno-political conflict, international humanitarian law, international trade policy, and international organisations. Regions of particular interest are East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. At the University of Auckland I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics) in 2014, and a Master of Professional Studies (International Relations and Human Rights) in 2015.
As part of my master’s degree I was an intern at the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies to develop my research and policy writing skills. Working at the NZCGS was a really intellectually fulfilling experience. I worked closely with Dr Kennedy Graham, and in particular, health policy expert Dr Nina Veenstra, researching and writing a report on the United Nations Security Council, and how approaching pandemics from a security perspective influences health outcomes. I received an A for the report and am especially grateful to Kennedy, Nina, and everyone involved at NZCGS for giving up their time to share their expertise with me.
Other highlights of my internship experience included a trip to Parliament for a conference on climate change, giving a presentation on my research to an NZCGS roundtable, and being able to meet and learn from a number of experts in a range of fields. To top it off, the NZCGS is a contender for having the best workplace view in New Zealand. After completing my studies I have remained in association with the NZCGS, and am excited to be working with them in upcoming events and projects.

Meredith Lawry
Hi, I’m Meredith, and I interned at the Centre for Global Studies in the second half of 2015. I have always been interested in ethics and the environment (and the ethics of how we look after the environment), completing my undergraduate degrees in English, Philosophy and Biological Sciences (specialising in conservation and ecology topics). During my last couple of years of undergrad at the University of Auckland, I discovered my interest in environmental policy, and the science-policy interface, which led into a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management, and then the Master of Public Policy programme, through which I became involved in NZCGS.
My internship research project was on the legal and ethical implications of coping with climate change, from a global perspective. I feel very privileged to have been able to work with Dr Kennedy Graham and Prue Taylor, who both have a huge amount of knowledge in this area, and were extremely generous with their time and expertise. In addition to my research project, I attended a conference at Parliament, at which politicians and academics spoke on the next steps for coping with climate change, and also helped organise a seminar on climate and health, at which Professor Alistair Woodward was the keynote speaker.
Having added the letters MPP after my name, I’m now based in Wellington, but hope to stay involved in the Centre’s work.