Security and Surveillance History series

Find out why the Security and Surveillance History series was established, get submissions information and download related articles.

This research series is designed to encourage the sharing of scholarly findings in two broad and interrelated areas of scholarship. Its establishment coincides with the start of a major new historical research project, 'Secret World: Security Intelligence and State Surveillance in New Zealand, 1907-2007', which has been kindly sponsored by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund. For the purpose of the series, the terms 'security' and 'surveillance' will be interpreted broadly, to include (for example) penological issues and scholarship relating to the private as well as the public spheres.

While the Secret World project is New Zealand-orientated, and based at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, this research series is intended to be international in its reach. We consider that not only can security and surveillance history in New Zealand benefit from relevant research overseas but also that, as such research builds momentum in New Zealand, its outputs will prove to be of value for scholarship on similar subjects elsewhere.

Submissions for the series will be initially assessed by myself and my co-selectors, Professor John Pratt of Victoria University of Wellington, and Dr Conor O'Reilly, Research Fellow in Transnational Policing and Security at Durham Law School, United Kingdom, and the published papers will have undergone a refereeing process.

There is no required format for submissions, and we are happy to consider material not commonly accepted into research publications series, such as conference presentations or annotated historical documents. Submissions, however, need to achieve a high (and internally consistent) standard of academic presentation as well as of quality. If guidelines on scholarly apparatus are required, please refer to style guide of the Journal of New Zealand Studies.

To inaugurate the series my co-selectors have endorsed a recent paper (slightly altered to take account of feedback) which I produced for discussion at an international comparative colonial history conference. Its combination of new analysis and referencing is an indication of how the series can accommodate conference presentations, among other more conventional scholarly outputs.

Any paper published in the Security and Surveillance History series is copyright, and any use made of it should be appropriately attributed to the author and the series. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without the permission of the publishers – the Stout Research Centre’s Security and Surveillance Project.

Richard Hill,
1 March 2015

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Editorial updates

Conor O'Reilly is now Associate Professor in Transnational Crime and Security at the University of Leeds, and Steven Loveridge ( becomes Editor of the series from today. Dr Loveridge can accept hard-copy submissions c/- Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, P O Box 600, Wellington 6140.

David Filer has joined the team of assessors, focusing on military and signals intelligence.

Richard Hill
1 March 2016

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