Irena Obadovic - National Centre for Research on Europe - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Irena Obadovic

PhD Candidate

Thesis Title:

New Zealand and the European Union trade relationships towards an FTA


Professor Martin Holland and Professor Caroline Sounders


  • MA in Management, University of Vilnius, 2012
  • BSc in Economics, University of Novi Sad, 2009

Details of Research

The European Union and New Zealand have announced to commence negotiations for a modern, ambitious, balanced and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This is seen as a bold step which will significantly boost trade and investment between the two parties. However, the two partners face issues which are proving to be stumbling blocks for future negotiations, in particular for industries such as agriculture. My PhD examines the evolution of trade relationships between New Zealand and the EU, current trade relation, trade challenges and issues faced in formulating their own FTA and the economic importance of FTA for both parties, with a detailed look into the agricultural sector. The research employs a partial trade equilibrium model to capture the trade of the potential FTA and impact on agricultural sectors. In addition, this study may contribute to their cooperation strategies in enhancing their economic relations. 

Conference Presentations

  • European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific Annual Conference June 2016, Hong Kong
  • EUCN Postgraduate Weekend School 2016, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • UACES 45th Annual Conference 2015, Bilbao, Spain
  • Asia-Pacific Graduate Research Workshop 2015, Jeju National University, South Korea
  • EUCN Postgraduate Workshop 2015, Canberra, Australia
  • NCRE Roundtable Seminar July 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Canterbury Women Researchers: Greater Christchurch’s postgraduate Network 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand

Academic exchange

  • Knowledge and Expertise Exchange Europe-New Zealand (KEEENZ), September-December 2015, Newcastle University, United Kingdom


  • NCRE and EUCN PhD study scholarship 2014-2016
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2010-2012


  • Youthpass for the Youth Exchange in Waves of Democracy 2011
    The EU Youth in Action Programme, European Commission
  • The European Union in Global Governance April- June 2015.

    Iversity course offered by the European University Institute, KU Leuven and the University of Passau

Contact Details:


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