Sandra Grey is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on social movements and citizen engagement in democracy. Sandra is currently working on a project examining on four decades of contentious political activity by the women’s, union, and anti-poverty movements of New Zealand. Her recent publications in this field include a chapter on the New Zealand women’s movement in Rethinking Women in Politics; an edited collection Women’s Movements: Flourishing or in Abeyance? co-edited with Marian Sawer; and, Voices of the community: the community and voluntary sector’s role in New Zealand democracy, a report co-authored with Charles Sedgwick. As well as her keen research interest in social movement activism and civil society politics, since 2010 Sandra has been the spokesperson for the Campaign for MMP. And during 2011 and 2012 Sandra took leave from Victoria University to work full-time as the National President of the Tertiary Education Union.
- "And we need to view this goal as being achievable."
- "Part of challenging the taken-for-grantedness of the NHE agenda is to demonstrate that the world it creates is a created one."
- "I would argue, too, that in the case of a push back against the NHE agenda we must fight collectively, since there may be huge costs and penalties if individuals or individual institutions try to challenge or opt out of the auditing process."
- "More than two decades ago, Colin Lankshear called upon university staff to find energy for day-to-day resistance and challenge, for critiquing and debating university policy, and for establishing active networks with activist organisations and/or political elites."
- "In 2012, a Victoria University of Wellington academic, Dolores Janeiwski, wrote to the Dominion Post newspaper, commenting that as protests about the removal of funding for primary and intermediate teachers mount, we should also pay attention to the impact of declining levels of funding in the tertiary sector."
- "The challenge now is how to convince at least some political parties that this agenda is propelling universities in the wrong direction."
- "Taking action against the NHE environment For academics, the easiest form of ‘activism’ in which to engage is the ongoing diagnosis and critique of the NHE environment (since it sits squarely within the bounds of our existing world and expertise)."
- "PILLARS OF SUPPORT Successful nonviolent movements analyse the various segments of society (pillars) that keep a power structure intact (supported)."
- "We must find new modes of acting and working, since what we have been doing for the past two decades in New Zealand has not halted the implementation of commercial and managerial imperatives in our universities."
- "At WITT (the Western Institute of Technology) and at Virginia U, staff and students have taken protest actions over the removal of popular institutional leaders."