RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Staff of the School of Government and International Relations excel in the discipline of Political Science. Our expertise encompasses many sub-disciplines within the field including International Relations, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.

The School is consistently recognised for its research excellence. And we are immensely proud of our strong reputation for nurturing new and emerging scholars.  Our staff are committed to examining, understanding and explaining the dynamics of the world in which we live and producing research outcomes that are policy-relevant.  This approach ensures that our staff are regularly sought by media and government, nationally and internationally, for expert comment and advice.

Research highlight

Dr Liz van Acker's newest book, Marriage and Values in Public Policy: Conflicts in the UK, the US and Australia (Routledge, 2017), is the culmination of many years of research into the three highlighted governments' approaches to marriage policy. The book examines the political conflict surrounding marriage and the 'clash of values' between the respective governments and those with interests in either change or maintaining the status quo.

Higher Degree by Research

Our research students form an important part of our community. We take pride in actively supporting emerging scholars and involving them in the activities of the School and partner research centres.

HDR students also have access to our academic experts for advice on research methods, conference and workshop presentation skills, and preparing work for publication in scholarly journals.

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HDR students

Student name

Research topic

Supervisor

Ahmed Al-Dulami

The constitutional Judge Role in the Regulation of the Discretionary Power of the Legislator

Professor AJ Brown

Professor Haig Patapan

Lizzy Ambler

A critical analysis of foreign fighter motivations and the implications for Australian and UK policy

Assoc Professor Gideon Baker

Professor Andrew O’Neil

Samuel Ankamah

Assessing the Effectiveness of Local Government Accountability to Local Constituents in Ghana

Professor AJ Brown

Professor Janet Ransley

Charles Asante

Ghana’s relationship with UN Peacekeeping

Associate Professor Sara Davies

Associate Professor Wesley Widmaier

Eslam Badawy

Foreign Aid and Institutional Reforms: A Case study of Egypt

Dr Elizabeth van Acker

Dr Tracey Arklay

Sean BarryHard Labor: The Political Economy of Economic Policy Reform in Australia

Dr Tom Conley

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Lucy Campion

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - A platform of negotiation

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Dr Duncan McDonnell

Trang Dang

The impact and significance of Federal Reforms to Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Dr Catherine Howlett

Michael Davis

Australian engagement with China-What does engagement really mean?

Dr Dan Halvorson

Associate Professor Michael Heazle

Jacob Deem

The Rise of Regional and Local Government: Theoretical and Empirical Justifications for Decentralism

Professor AJ Brown

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Shaun Drabsch

The Efficiency of Infrastructure Project Assessment and Procurement

Professor Anne Tiernan

Associate Professor Robert Bianchi

Venessa Ercole

Nietzsche,Dionysus and Self-Overcoming

Associate Professor Gideon Baker

Associate Professor Patricia Wise

Robert Lamontagne

Transnational corruption, development and enrolment in the neoliberal order: Australian case studies

Professor Renee Jeffery

Dr Cosmo Howard

Diego Leiva

South American foreign policy behaviours towards China in the 21st century: a neoclassical realist analysis

Professor Ian Hall

Professor Kai He

Diana Leon-Espinoza Tearing Down the BRICS of Inequality: Global Variations of Particular Struggles

Dr Elizabeth van Acker

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Eric Masters How can states NGOs & TNCs better use CSR to provide more equitable worker labour relations in Asia

Dr Tom Conley

Associate Professor Nick Barter

Brad MacConachie

How can higher education policy enhance Australia's soft power in China?

Professor Andrew O’Neil

Professor Ian Hall

Caitlin Mollica

Interpreting Youth Representation in Transitional Justice

Professor Renee Jeffery

Professor Andrew O’Neil

Ida Mork Larsson

Anti-Science in the Policy Process

Dr Cosmo Howard

Professor John Parkinson

Thu Nguyen Myanmar's Rohingya from the Perspective of Galtung's Violence Triangle: Implications for R2PProfessor Sara Davies
Professor Renee Jeffery

Kathleen O’Callaghan

Addressing challenges in implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme for different groups

Professor Anne Tiernan

Professor Lesley Chenoweth

Teesta Prakash

The evolving South Asian nuclear order and emerging challenges for global nuclear governance.

Professor Ian Hall

Associate Professor Sara Davies

Athaulla Rasheed China-South Asia Relations and Trade

Associate Professor Wes Widmaier

Dr Huiyun Feng

Fatima Raza

The definition problem of terrorism within International Relations

Dr Dan Halvorson

Professor John Kane

Morgan Rees

Australia's role in the promotion of the responsibility to protect in the Asia-Pacific region.

Associate Professor Wes Widmaier

Associate Professor Sara Davies

Huma Siddiqi

Decentralization, Socio- Ethnic Divide and Strategic Role of Bureaucratic Institutions

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Dr Cosmo Howard

Bart Stanford Why are Indigenous Australians still under-represented in federal politics?

Professor Duncan McDonnell

Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh

Elise Stephenson

Womens Leadership In Australian International-facing Agencies

Professor Anne Tiernan

Professor Susan Harris Rimmer

Edy Susilo Legal Corruption: Assessing Indonesia  anti-corruption efforts in the  natural resources curse

Professor AJ Brown

Professor John Kane

Warren Thomson Comparative analyses of the rise and fall of minor parties - Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand

Professor Duncan McDonnell

Dr Annika Werner

Bikram Timilsina Conflict Prevention in a Post-conflict State: The Case Study of NepalProfessor Sarah Davies
Professor Renee Jeffery

Dimitri Tsakas

The Role of The Holy See as a "Hyper-Power" in International Relations

Professor Ian Hall

Dr Lee Morgenbesser

James Unsworth

The Contemporary Role of Religion in Australian Politics

Associate Professor Robyn Hollander

Dr Giorel Curran

Mun Vong The role of ruling parties in authoritarian rule: A comparative study of two regimes in CambodiaProfessor John Kane
Dr Lee Morgenbesser
Dr Stephen McCarthy

Brent Watson

The Paradox of Leadership in Asia's Transformational Period

Professor John Kane

Dr Tom Conley

Lucy West

Rule of Law Rhetoric in Transitional Justice Contexts: A Comparative Case Study of Cambodia and Thailand

Dr Stephen McCarthy

Professor John Kane

Kevin You

Elusive Agents of Inclusion: Business Interest Associations in the Political Economies of Sri Lanka and Indonesia

Professor John Kane

Professor Gustavo Guzman

Emilia Yustiningrum

The Policy of Natural Disaster Management in Indonesia: Challenges to Domestic and Foreign Policies

Professor Andrew O’Neil

Dr Huiyun Feng

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