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.
- "Certainly this challenge was something I encountered on joining the Campaign for MMP."
- "Engaging the public is likely to require actions which capture media attention and it may stretch to contentious performances such as demonstrations, teach-ins or public meetings."
- "We must find and make spaces within our institutions where we can begin to dismantle the neo-liberal project which threatens the very nature of universities—spaces where we can turn anger or disillusionment into hope and action."
- "I would add that another factor helping to pave the way for dangerous widespread institutional change is that many of our senior management teams currently have their ‘anxious eye’ on meeting government objectives."
- "What is needed is to turn these moments of activism into ongoing challenges of the NHE system."
- "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."
- "Furthermore, there is now a significant body of academic work critiquing the current policy direction shaping higher education worldwide."
- "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."
- "Related forms of activity have been evident in our own institutions."
- "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."