Mr Ruji Auethavornpipat

BA (Honors) / MA (University of Victoria, Canada)
Sessional Lecturer / PhD Candidate
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 9372

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606

Research interests

  • Migrant worker rights 
  • Norm diffusion
  • Human trafficking
  • Labour migration


Ruji Auethavornpipat is a Sessional Lecturer and PhD Candidate in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. His doctoral study examines the contestation of migrant worker rights norms in Southeast Asia. In particular, it investigates the divergence of normative meaning and application in migrant worker protection. In doing so, his PhD contributes to the emerging critical norm scholarship in IR. His research interests also include human trafficking and migration governance. Ruji submitted his thesis in May 2019.

In June 2019, Ruji was nominated for the Excellence in Tutoring Award. He is currently convening a postgraduate course, World Politics. Ruji also had teaching experience at the undergraduate level, including International Relations in the Asia-Pacific and Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolutions coureses.

At the height of migrant trafficking politicisation in Southeast Asia, Ruji took up the Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, DC in 2017 where he conducted research on ASEAN-US cooperation on human trafficking. This research was also supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK’s (ASEASUK) Research and Impact Awards.

Ruji previously held visiting fellowships at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany; ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore; and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia.

Ruji holds both MA and BA (Honours) degrees from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Ruji can also be found on twitter at 


Researcher's projects

Migrant Worker Rights and Norm Contestation in Southeast Asia: Establishing Meaning-in-Use through Social Interaction

ASEAN Cooperation on Migrant Worker Protection

ILO Governance of Migration

Global and Regional Anti-Trafficking Regimes

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