Roderic Alley was previously Associate Professor in Political Science and International relations at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a Vice President of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs where is a Life Member, editing and contributing to its Volume IV in the survey series of New Zealand's foreign relations (1990-2005).
He has authored several books and academic articles on New Zealand's foreign relations, the contemporary Pacific, the United Nations, disarmament and conflict analysis. In 2013 he published under the Centre’s auspices Discussion Paper (14/13) The Drone Debate: Sudden Bullet or Slow Boomerang?
Dr Alley has previously taught courses on New Zealand's foreign relations in the University's School of Government Master of Strategic Studies programme.