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Dr William Hoverd is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, College of Humanities, and Social Sciences, Massey University. William is the CDSS Internship Programme coordinator which places Massey Students into workplace applied research projects in government agencies. He teaches Defence and Security research methodology, the Applied Research Project and the Cybersecurity paper.
a) A history of delivering & developing objective assessments of a wide range of New Zealand defence, intelligence, policing and security research
b) A reputation for independent national security thought leadership & relationships across academia, think tanks and government
c) Focused his recent teaching and research on New Zealand security research methodology and critical scholarship
d) Between 2014 and 2018 supervised over 20 Masters and PhD students
e) Over 30 academic publications
Between 2015 and 2017, he taught into the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. In 2012 he was a successful co-recipient of the NZ $231,000 Danish Research Council funded Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity Network. In 2011/2012, he was a DFAIT Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, at the Religion and Diversity Project at Ottawa University, Ontario.
William Hoverd is a social scientist with a specific interest in critical research into New Zealand security issues and religious diversity.
He teaches and supervises a variety of research based papers at post-graduate level.
He has published a variety qualitative and quantitative research publications in security, sociology, religious studies and psychology.
His most recent books include New Zealand National Security (2017) and The Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity (2018)
He supervises PhD & Masters Students involved in applied and critical projects focusing on Defence, Intelligence, Policing, Foreign Affairs, Religion, and, Diversity across the New Zealand Security Sector.
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Field of research codes
Criminology (160200): Defence Studies (160604): Demography (160300): Migration (160303):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205): Political Science (160600): Race and Ethnic Relations (160803):
Religion and Religious Studies (220400): Religion and Society (220405):
Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)
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