Dr April Biccum

Ph.D, MA, (Honours) BA
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Communication Studies 200101
  • International And Development Communication 200103
  • International Relations 160607
  • Specialist Studies In Education 1303
  • Other Language, Communication And Culture 2099

Research interests

My research brings postcolonial theory into the study of International Relations with a focus on political communication and political mobilization in the study of Empire and Global Citizenship. I am carving out a unique interdisciplinary space. My two major research projects sit in a nexus which make contributions to IR, Political Communication, Social Movements and global civil society, postcolonial and cultural studies, critical development, global governance and the knowledge economy. 

Specifically I have two empirical research projects: a conceptual history of the words empire and imperialism for the post-war period in the wake of the American Empire Debate; and the theory, practices and conceptualization of Global Citizenship through a mapping out of activity and policy on the part of civil society, states and International Organizations.


April Biccum, Canadian born, received an MA in Critical theory and Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from Nottingham University.

Researcher's projects

Global Citizenship Education and the global politics of Truth and Knowledge.  Includes Global Education Governance, the Knowledge Economy, social capital, state society relations, Global Civil Society and the local politics of inclusion and exclusion.

A conceptual history of the words 'empire' and 'imperialism' and a mapping of approaches to theorising empire in teh social sciences in the context of the American Empire Debate of the early 20th Century.

Current student projects

Erick Viramontes, "Collective aims, otherness and subjectivities in the discourse on national identity in Qatar"


Past student projects

 Fiona Allen "United States Containment Doctrine and Sub-Saharan Africa"


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