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.
- "We will be accused of having ‘vested interests’ for engaging in resistance to the NHE agenda, since public choice theorising infuses the reshaping of universities just as it does the broader project of neo-liberalisation and marketisation of all public entities."
- "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."
- "What has not yet been well developed is an analysis of the opportunities for staff and students to resist the myriad of corporate, managerial and auditing techniques infusing daily life in universities—an analysis that will enable us to build a coherent strategic campaign against the NHE agenda."
- "I am of the view, however, that there are moments in time when good academic evidence supports a particular ‘political’ perspective, and that the roles of academic and activist are legitimately intertwined."
- "Pockets of resistance, often led by unions, are appearing at university and college campuses in the US, England, Scotland, France, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere."
- "Most of us working and studying in tertiary institutions in New Zealand are familiar with the corridor conversations, the grumbling after meetings, and the remarks over a cup of tea about how managerialism is changing the nature of our institutions and our profession."
- "From analysis to ‘activism’ While we must expose the boundaries and contradictions of the NHE environment, academic analysis is not enough to change the system."
- "It was from this point onwards that the actions of our ‘autonomous’ tertiary institutions were moved to align closely with the goals of government."
- "How do we move from academic analysis of the problems facing higher education to a concerted and ongoing political campaign which pushes back against those driving an NHE agenda dominated by economic imperatives, privatisation, marketisation and managerialism?"
- "Instances of acts of commission are readily found in New Zealand."