Nina Hall

Nina Hall

Assistant Professor of International Relations

SAIS Europe


  • New Zealand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Climate Change
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • United Nations
  • Women's Rights
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Professor Hall was lecturer in global governance at the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin, Germany. Her research areas include transnational advocacy, global refugee and migration governance, and climate change adaptation. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford, UK and a Master's Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked with the World Economic Forum and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and currently collaborates with a global network of digital activists.

Displacement, Development and Climate Change, International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandates, Routledge (2016) "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); "Climate Change, Refugees and Migration," in Fair Borders? Migration Policy in Twenty-First Century, D. Hall and B. Williams Books (eds.) Wellington, New Zealand (2017); "Innovations in activism in the digital era,” in The Governance Report 2016 – 2017, Hertie School of Governance (2017); "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). Professor Hall has published in Global Environmental Politics, Global Governance, and The Guardian.

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Fall 2018 
This course is ...
This course is an introduction to theories of international relations (IR). The course provides an overview of key concepts in international relations including: power, hegemony, anarchy, norms and networks.
Students by the end of the course will be able to explain and compare competing theoretical approaches (including liberalism, realism, constructivism). They will be able to evaluate these theories' strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to empirical examples. Students will have a strong foundation for further study in international relations, international organizations, US foreign policy, strategic studies, international development as well as the full range of area studies programs.  Students will be expected to critically engage with current events in international affairs.​
September 8, 2017 
Nina Hall, Assi...

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations, co-wrote a research article for SAGE Journals entitled "Global climate adaptation governance: Why is it not legally binding?."

July 11, 2017 
Nina Hall, Assi...

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations, wrote a piece for Global Policy Journal titled "People Power, Populism and the Internet."

July 5, 2017 
Nina Hall, Assi...

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations, is interviewed on E-International Relations about "Displacement, Development, and Climate Change."

June 27, 2017 
Nina Hall, Assi...

Nina Hall, Assistant Professor of International Relations, co-wrote an article for Stuff entitled "NZ must speak out for Pacific on climate change."