The School of International Studies offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for more than 25 academic and 50 postgraduate researchers. Boasting strong disciplinary traditions in historical, political and social studies, it promotes interdisciplinary research with a focus on three key themes: Empires and Post-colonial legacies; International Affairs, Security and Conflict; and International Migration and Development.  

The recently formed Centre for US and Asia Policy Studies (CUSAPS) provides a collaborative space for high quality, accessible research on policy issues between Australia, the US and Asia.  It is well positioned to engage with the Asian century and its implications for Australia and other global players. 

The School currently hosts three journals:

Key research themes

WW1 postcard showing Central Powers monarchs

Empires, War and Postcolonial Legacies

Current research activities focus on colonial expansion, imperialism, the effects of war and the impacts on core and peripheral countries. This includes richly diverse research on topics ranging from Australia as a colonial settler society, and the history of the Indian bourgeoisie, to British imperialism in Cyprus and British women missionaries.

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Eleanor Roosevelt with human rights declaration

International Affairs, Security and Conflict

Our researchers work on Australian foreign policy, human rights and democratisation, global energy politics, international trade, global dynamics of security and insecurity, gender politics and security.

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Dutch migrants arriving in Australia 1954

International Migration, Society  and Development

Our research explores Australian migration history, transnational people flows, humanitarian migration and settlement, ethnic minorities and multiculturalism, and critical race studies. International development research focuses on cultural and social transformation, the politics of development, national elites and nation building.

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