Researcher biography

My research interests are diverse, traversing the fields of security, development and aid, governance, political geography and international relations. I am particularly interested in understanding the evolving nature of statehood and political agency under conditions of globalisation. I have written extensively on issues of security governance, statebuilding, non-traditional security, risk and risk management, regional governance and Australian development and security policy. I am currently working with Dr Lee Jones (Queen Mary University of London) and Prof Shaun Breslin (Warwick University) on a project on rising powers and state transformation, focusing on China's engagements in Southeast Asia. The project was awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant in 2017. My latest book, co-authored with Dr Lee Jones, is Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2015). In July 2017, my book, International Intervention and Local Politics, co-authored with Prof Caroline Hughes and Dr Fabio Scarpello, will be published by Cambridge University Press. I received my PhD from the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University in 2009.