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.
- "An activist who is required to act in ways which are secretive, unaccountable, and not open to dialogical engagement with others is an activist who is displacing activism in favour of professional elitism."
- "It is therefore incumbent on us to devise and implement a coherent programme of transformative action: All of us working on these issues in research universities [."
- "As this suggests, we must use the resources we do have—which are numerous—to oppose and resist further implementation of managerialism, commercialisation and privatisation in higher education."
- "Furthermore, there is now a significant body of academic work critiquing the current policy direction shaping higher education worldwide."
- "How did the movement attempt to undermine and topple the different pillars of support?"
- "As Wright notes, we need an ‘agent- centred notion of power’, which involves ‘people acting individually and collectively, using power to accomplish things’."
- "We must continue to set up institutions, structures and processes that will enable us to thrive as an academic community based on moral principles which support a broad based vision for tertiary education, and which can eventually replace those created under the NHE agenda."
- "Since, as Campus Compact has noted, research universities possess significant academic and social influence, world-class faculties, outstanding students, state-of-the-art research facilities and considerable financial resources, they are well-positioned to drive institutional and field-wide change relatively quickly, and in ways that ensure commitment to civic engagement for centuries to come."
- ".] have been waiting for someone else to take the lead in moving civic engagement work but it hasn’t happened."
- "This speaks to another lesson we can take from those who practice and teach non-violent conflict resolution: the need to dismantle the pillars of support."