This series brings together the School’s research community and domestic as well as international leaders in the field of politics and international affairs. Across each semester, the series showcases a diverse and exciting range of topics. All are welcome to attend.

For any inquiries, please contact Emily Sievers ( 
Please note that many past research seminars are recorded and are available online. 

The Research Seminar Series program for Semester 1, 2023 

Artwork: Forme bleue (1935) by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

National Responses to Climate Security

28 October 2022 3:00pm4:30pm
Presented by Associate Professor Matt McDonald (The University of Queensland)

Strategic Bargains in Great-Power Relations

21 October 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Professor Evelyn Goh (Australian National University)

Firms, States, Decoupling

9 September 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Jensen Sass (Australian National University)

The Practices of the Peacekeeping Economy

26 August 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Katrin Travouillon (Australian National University)

The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

12 August 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Dara Conduit (University of Melbourne)

The Role of 'Non-knowledge' in Policymaking: COVID-19 and Beyond

29 July 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Adam Hannah (The University of Queensland)

Russia and Climate Change

13 May 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Ellie Martus (Griffith University)

Scrutinising the Figure of the ‘International Community’

29 April 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Katrin Travouillon (Australian National University)

The Personality of Populists

8 April 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma (Griffith University)

Intellectual Property, Law, and Power: A Retrospective on the Field

25 March 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Professor Susan Sell (Australian National University)

Theorising Indigenous Leadership in 21st Century Australia

11 March 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Josephine Bourne (UQ)

Robots and Public Policy

25 February 2022 12:30pm2:00pm
Presented by Professor Michael Mintrom (Monash University)

Working Title [Internal Staff ONLY]

10 September 2021 1:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Sandra Phillips (HASS, UQ)

Intimate nationality and security in East Asia [Internal Staff ONLY]

27 August 2021 1:00pm
Presented by Prof Susan Kneebone (University of Melbourne)

The figure of the neighbour in global politics [Internal Staff ONLY]

13 August 2021 1:00pm
Presented by Dr Ari Jerrems (Monash University)

Between Oblivion and Forever: A Critique of Nuclear Reason [Internal Staff ONLY]

7 May 2021 9:00am
Presented by A/Prof Jairus Grove (University of Hawai'i) & Dr Antoine Bousquet (Birkbeck, UCL)

Emotions and Power in World Politics [Internal Staff ONLY]

23 April 2021 1:00pm
Presented by A/Prof Emma Hutchison & Prof Roland Bleiker (UQ)

Of Critics and Conservatives [Internal Staff ONLY]

26 March 2021 9:00am
Presented by Prof Michael C Williams (University of Ottawa) & Dr Jean-François Drolet (Queen Mary University)

Online Roundtable on The Politics of Climate Change [Internal Staff ONLY]

11 September 2020 1:00pm2:30pm
A Zoom-roundtable on Climate Change

Feeling Policy: How Emotions Shape Health Discourses

28 February 2020 1:00pm2:30pm
Presented by Professor Michael Orsini (University of Ottawa).

How Women's Protests Influence Gender Attitudes in Young People

14 February 2020 1:00pm2:30pm
Presented by Professor Lee Ann Banaszak (Pennsylvania State University).

Radical Interpretivism and the Practice Turn in International Relations

23 August 2019 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Mervyn Frost (War Studies, King's College London)

The Norm against Female Combat

1 June 2018 1:00pm2:30pm
Associate Professor Sarah Percy, POLSIS/UQ

“Evidence and persuasion in politics and policy.”

11 May 2018 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Linda Botterill, University of Canberra (Visiting Scholar)

“Globalising Green Politics? Towards an Ecological Global Politics.”

27 April 2018 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Peter Newell, University of Sussex (Visiting Fellow)

Experiences of the Referendum Council and Constitutional Reform

20 April 2018 3:00pm4:30pm
Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW
Venue: UQ Art Gallery The University of Queensland, St Lucia

“Governing Systemic Risk in the Shadow of Bretton Woods.”

23 March 2018 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Louis Pauly, University of Toronto (Visiting Scholar)
Research Seminar Series

Present at the creation? China in the international economic order, 1944-1955

27 October 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Dr Amy King, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU
Research Seminar Series

‘Hidden Policy Agendas: Shining a Light on the Dark Side of the Moon’.

13 October 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Allan McConnell, The University of Sydney

Militarised masculinities beyond methodological nationalism: Charting the multiple masculinities of an Indonesian jihadi

22 September 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Dr David Duriesmith, UQ Fellow, School of Political Science and International Studies

War and the Politics of Ethics

8 September 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Maja Zehfuss, The University of Manchester

Is International Law International?

25 August 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Associate Professor Anthea Roberts, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Is IR Theory White?

11 August 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Dr Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS University of London/POLSIS, UQ Visiting Fellow

Russia’s Turn away from Europe

28 July 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Iver Neumann, London School of Economics
Research Seminar Series

Rethinking Critical Juncture Analysis Institutional Change and Liberalisation in Chinese Banking and Finance

12 May 2017 1:00pm2:30pm
Professor Stephen Bell (POLSIS/UQ) & Dr Hui Feng (Griffith University)

International Intervention and the Politics of Scale: the case of Aceh

7 October 2016 1:00pm
Associate Professor Shahar Hameiri (POLSIS, UQ) and Dr Fabio Scarpello (Murdoch University)

The Climate State: Global warming and the future of the welfare state

23 September 2016 1:00pm
Associate Professor Peter Christoff, Melbourne University

Fragile Finance and China’s Economic Future - CANCELLED

2 September 2016 1:00pm
Professor Stephen Bell (POLSIS/UQ) & Dr Hui Feng (Griffith University)

ASEAN, Anti-politics, and Human Rights

19 August 2016 1:00pm
Dr Kelly Gerard
University of Western Australia

Recapturing Just War from the Ethicists

12 August 2016 1:00pm
Professor Ian Clark

Risk, Technology and the Future: Five Challenges for Governments to Manage in an Age of Intense Uncertainty

3 June 2016 1:00pm2:30pm
Prof. Karen Hussey Deputy Director of the Global Change Institute presents this week's Research Seminar

On the Coherence of Cosmopolitan Humility

27 May 2016 1:00pm2:30pm
Associate Professor Luis Cabrera from Griffith University presents this week

The Office of the Economist: Early Instability

20 May 2016 2:30pm3:30pm
Dr. Ryan Walter of the University of Queensland presents this week