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The Australian National University

Professor Evelyn Goh

DPhil, MPhil, MA
Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Research expertise:
  • East Asian security and international relations
  • U.S.-China diplomatic history and contemporary strategic relations
  • International Relations theory
  • Cold War history
  • Security studies

Key research-related activities:

  • Convenor of the Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS) 
  • Co-Managing Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series at Cambridge University Press, UK 
  • Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Security


Key research-related institutional responsibilities:

  • Director of Research at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the ANU
  • Convenor of the SDSC Research Seminar Series
  • Convenor of the compulsory PhD and Masters in Strategic Studies course on 'Concepts and Methods for Strategic Studies' (STST 8010/9010)
  • Convenor of the Honours programme for the Bachelors in International Security Studies
  • Convenor of the compulsory Honours course on 'Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security Studies' (STST4001)
  • As the Shedden Professor, convenor of the Annual Shedden Lecture and the Shedden Research Roundtables on Asian Security at the Australian Department of Defence


Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Research Director at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. She has published widely on U.S.-China relations and diplomatic history, regional security order in East Asia, Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. These include The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2013); ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies’, International Security 32:3 (Winter 2007/8):113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Most recently, she edited the volume Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016). 

Evelyn moved to Australia and the ANU in August 2013, and has held previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London (2008-13); the University of Oxford (2006-8); and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore (2002-5). She has held various visiting positions, including Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Southeast Asian Fellow at the East-West Center, both in Washington DC. Major project grants include a UK Economic & Social Research Council Mid-Career Fellowship (2011-12); an East Asia Institute Fellowship (2011); and research grants from the British Academy, MacArthur Foundation, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

She holds Masters (1999) and Doctoral (2001) degrees in International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Geography (1996), all from the University of Oxford. She also holds a Masters in Environment & Development from Cambridge (1997). 


Researcher's projects

  • 'Advancing the Study of East Asian International Relations' (with Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford)
  • 'Historical Problems and Historical Opportunities: Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation' (with Barry Buzan, LSE) 
  • 'Strategic Diplomacy for the 21st Century' (with Jochen Prantl, ANU)

Current student projects

Professor Goh seeks highly-motivated research students with excellent academic records who are interested in scholarly research within her wide areas of interest. 

At this time, she is particularly recruiting doctoral students interested in studying Asian security topics, contemporary and historical. Enquiries about prospective PhD supervision should note instructions here. Note that we are currently considering Expressions of Interest for entry in February 2019.  

Currently, Professor Goh is the primary supervisor for the following postgraduate students:


  • Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, "Indonesia, Australia and the great powers in the Cold War"
  • Yusuke Ishihara, "Japan's regional diplomacy in the 1970s: Negotiations for a post-Cold War identity and strategic bargain"

Masters (Advanced) sub-thesis:

  • Elke Larsen, "Narrative dominance: Explaining the creation of the 'Canberra consensus' about the US alliance, 2003-4" [Passed with Distinction, graduation December 2017]
  • Joel Einstein, "Australian strategic discourse about Indonesia, 1998-2016"
  • Joel Kiteley, "Evaluating the 'Abe Doctrine': A 'Strategic Diplomacy' approach"
  • Joshua Wyndham-Kidd, "The impacts of the Belt & Road Initiative on China's energy strategy"


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Updated:  20 February 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers