Germana qualified with a PhD and has over thirty years of operational and policy experience.
Germana Merle Nicklin graduated with a PhD in Public Policy from the School of Government, in 2014. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Trans-Tasman Border Stories: Actor-Network Theory and Narrative in Action'. Her multidisciplinary research focused on how trans-Tasman governments’ aspirations for closer economic integration via a Single Economic Market are translated into action through governmental border arrangements, and the role of narratives in making that happen. As part of her PhD, she spent six months in 2011-12 at Sciences Po, Paris on an Erasmus Mundus exchange.
She holds a Master of Public Policy with Distinction, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies.
Germana has over 30 years operational and policy experience in the Australian and New Zealand public services, over 17 of which have been with the New Zealand Customs Service, where she managed the International Strategy and Policy team in the Policy Group. Currently she is a senior lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at Massey University in Wellington.