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Dr David Envall

BA (Hons) (Melb), MA (Hitotsu), PhD (Melb), FHEA
Fellow / Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Defence Studies 160604

Research interests

Japan: political leadership, foreign policy, and post-war security politics; Asia Pacific: regional security architecture, Sino-Korean-Japan relations, Japan-India relations; Foreign Policy Analysis: domestic politics and foreign policy, political leadership and diplomacy


H. D. P. (David) Envall is a fellow (senior lecturer) in the Department of International Relations at ANU. In addition to having worked as a copy editor and corporate editor/writer, David has formerly held appointments at Tokyo International University and La Trobe University. David has a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, an MA from Hitotsubashi University, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. His research interests include Japanese political leadership, Japan’s post-war security politics, and security in the Asia-Pacific.

Career highlights

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2016-present, Honorary Associate, La Trobe University, 2015-present; Fellow, ANU Research School of Asia & the Pacific, 2011-16; Principal Investigator, MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Initiative Project (2nd round), 2014-15; ANU Research School of Asia & the Pacific Travel Grant 2014; Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, 2009-13; Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative 2009–13; ANU Research School of Asia & the Pacific Travel Grant 2011; East Asia Forum Emerging Scholar Finalist, 2010; Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant, La Trobe University, 2007 & 2009; Director of the Japan Defense Agency Prize (First Prize) for the Fifth (2000) Japan Defense Agency and Defense Research Center Foundation Essay Competition; Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Research Scholarship, 2000-04; Lionel Phillips Japanese Scholarship, 1998; Melbourne University International Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 1997.

Researcher's projects


Collaborative Research Projects

ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project 2nd Round (Principal Investigator): Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the ANU-MASI Partnership Project (2nd Round) examines the problem of how US bilateral alliance relations in the Asia-Pacific are being challenged by the region's ongoing structural changes, especially the evolving Sino-American relationship and the simultaneous rise of other Asian powers.

Book Project

Japanese Diplomacy: The Role of Leadership (State University of New York Press). This book explores the role of political leadership in international affairs, particularly the role of Japanese leaders in that country's diplomacy. Drawing on the fields of leadership studies and foreign policy analysis, it develops a conceptual framework to better understand the interaction between leaders and their political environments, which it then applies to explain how Japanese prime ministers have shaped Japan's security identity and international summit diplomacy.


Book Reviews Editor: The electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies (ejcjs) is an international peer reviewed journal in the Social Sciences and Humanities that publishes academic research and scholarly writing on all issues related to contemporary Japanese society, economy, politics, literature, theatre, cinema, and culture. David has been the book reviews editor since 2001.

Available student projects

  • Japanese politics and foreign policy, US-Japan relations, Sino-Japanese relations, international relations in the Indo-Pacific, foreign policy analysis, political leadership in international relations

Current student projects


  • The politics of US military bases in Japan

Past student projects


  • Japanese security policy and nuclear weapons
  • The security dilemma and Sino-Japanese relations
  • America's strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific: India, Japan, and Australia
  • US military base politics in Okinawa


  • The strategic benefits of disaster diplomacy: Japan, Australia and the United States


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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