Will Dreyer

Will Dreyer is focussing on the impact of Parliamentary select committees on legislation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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PhD Candidate in Political Science
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations


Bachelor of Arts

Master of Politics


Will was born in Wrexham, Wales and raised in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. His time spent at the University of Otago saw him develop a passion for environmental and democratic politics, and included stints on the Otago University Students’ Association, Thursdays in Black, and the local student radio station, Radio One.

His thesis focuses on the policy impact of Parliamentary select committees in Aotearoa New Zealand, and their responsiveness to public participation. He wants to better understand the processes of legislative scrutiny and examination that occur at select committee, and the impact their deliberations have on legislation.

He is also a founding member of the Generation Vote Trust of Aotearoa, a youth led charity that teaches non-partisan civics education in high schools. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Trust and Director of the local branch at Victoria University of Wellington.

Alongside his study and community engagement, he does part time work for the New Zealand Political Studies Association.


Te Kawa a Māui

Senior Lecturer
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations


Dreyer, Will, and Elisabeth Ellis. 2021. “Do New Zealand Select Committees Still Make a Difference? The Case of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill 2019.” Political Science.

Dreyer, Will. 2022. “How to write a submission.” In Environmental Politics and Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Maria Bargh and Julie MacArthur, XX-XX. Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Dreyer, Will. 2022. “Where does democracy belong in select committees?” Public Sector 45 (1): 24.