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I joined the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature as a lecturer in International Relations in 2019. I have previously held teaching and research posts at the University of Birmingham, the University of Nottingham, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Australian National University (ANU)

Research Interests

I work broadly in the field of Critical International Relations Theory, and have published a number of articles engaged in debates on civil society and democratic legitimacy. My current research is structured around three interrelated areas: the contribution of civil society organisations (CSOs) to the democratisation of global governance; the professionalisation of CSOs and the implications for Critical Security Studies (CSS); and the complexities of civil society building and democratisation across Southeast Asia.

Teaching Responsibilities

I have developed a research-led portfolio of teaching that combines my broad interests in IR theory with a regional focus on Southeast Asia for case-based learning. I currently coordinate the following modules within the School:

Autocracy and Democracy (Undergraduate)

International Security in the Asia-Pacific (Undergraduate)

Exploring International Relations (Postgraduate, campus-taught, block-taught and distance learning)




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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