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Nina Hall

Assistant Professor of International Relations


Nina Hall is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her core areas of expertise are: international organizations, transnational advocacy, climate adaptation, and global refugee governance. She holds a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a Master’s Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She previously worked as a Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance, and as a policy officer at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is currently writing a book on transnational advocacy in the digital era, to be published by Oxford University Press. She is a co-founder of an independent think tank, New Zealand Alternative, and frequently writes on New Zealand foreign policy.
Transnational Advocacy and NGOs in the Digital Era: What's Changing and Why?, with H. Schmitz and M. Dedmond, in International Studies Quarterly (2019)

Norm Contestation in the Digital Era, Campaigning for Refugees Rights, in Journal of International Affairs, 95 (3), May 2019

Theorizing the Role of Executive Heads in International Organizations, with N. Woods, in European Journal of International Relations (2017)

Global Adaptation Governance: Why isn't it Legally Binding?, with A. Persson, in European Journal of International Relations (2017)

What is Adaptation to Climate Change? Epistemic Ambiguity in the Climate Finance System, Special Issue on Climate Finance, in Journal of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, vol. 17(1) (2017)

Displacement, Development and Climate Change, International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandates, Routledge (2016)

A Catalyst for Cooperation: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Humanitarian Response to Climate Change, in Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, July - September 2016

The Money or the Mandate? Why International Organizations Engage with the Climate Change Regime, in Global Environmental Politics, vol. 15 (2) (2015)

Moving Beyond its Mandate? UNHCR and Climate Change Displacement, in Journal of International Organization Studies, Spring 2013

East Timorese Women Challenge Domestic Violence, in Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 44 (2) (2009)

For a recent curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, see personal webpage



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In the News

What would a President Joe Biden mean for New Zealand?

Nina Hall wrote in The Spinoff, 11/02

New Zealand economy, trade and China in focus after Ardern triumph.

Nina Hall quoted in Nikkei Asian Review, 10/23

A new approach to social sciences, humanities in a time of crisis

Nina Hall wrote in University World News, 5/7

The role of international relations in the COVID-19 world

Nina Hall interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 4/7

New Zealand and the world.

Nina Hall interviewed on Radio New Zealand, 1/28

Innovation and adaptation in advocacy organizations throughout the digital eras.

Nina Hall wrote in the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 1/19

New Zealand: A global leader on climate and displacement?

Nina Hall wrote for Asia and the Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum, 6/25