Dr Fiona Barker has a strong record of research in the field of European Union and is employed as a lecturer in the Political Science & International Programme, Victoria University of Wellington.
While at the ANU Centre for European Studies Dr Barker will be working mainly on one part of her research project: an examination of “Green parties relationships with the diversifying citizenry”. Green parties are well known internationally for their cosmopolitan worldviews and their progressive policy platforms with regard to human and minority rights, immigration and refugee issues. In policy terms, they are among the most supportive parties of immigrant-origin residents and citizens.
Her research aims to examine how the Green parties are addressing the challenges of engaging with and seeking votes from diverse “ethnic” communities. She will provide detailed map contours of the Greens’ “diversity vote” in selected European countries focusing on Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia Greens as part of the comparative study.
She will examine closely a) why Green parties have failed to get traction among migrant-origin voters; b) why Green parties sometimes struggle to diversify their line-up of candidates and c) how successful Green parties are in their attempts to engage with migrant communities and turn around their fortunes in this increasingly significant part of the electorate.
Home institution: Victoria University of Wellington.