Professor Evelyn Goh

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

Research interests

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

Key research-related activities:

Key research-related institutional responsibilities:

  • Director of Research at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the ANU
  • Convenor of the ANU Women in International Security (WIIS) Seminar Series, 2018-19
  • Convenor of the CAP Honours programme in 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 Shedden Lectures, the Shedden Research Roundtables on Asian Security, and the Shedden Lunchtime Talks@Russell at the Australian Department of Defence, 2014-2019

Watch Dr. Amy King introduce Prof. Evelyn Goh's scholarly contributions, and Evelyn speak about her experience as a woman scholar of international security here (11-minute video on Youtube).  


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). Her most recent edited volume is Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016), and her latest book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) is Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2019-2022); 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

Re-thinking Sino-Japanese AlienationHistory Problems and Historical Opportunities  (with Barry Buzan, LSE)

A major scholarly book published in Janaury 2020 with Oxford University Press, setting out two innovative conceptual and empirical approaches to reconsider shared histories in Northeast Asia.

'Strategic Diplomacy' for the 21st Century (with Jochen Prantl, ANU)

A collaborative multi-year project (ongoing since 2014) that develops an original ‘Strategic Diplomacy’ model of diagnostic analysis and policy-making for complex systems problems in international relations. Prantl and Goh are creating unique cross-regional and thematic research case files of effective concepts and practice; new postgraduate education and executive training; and an extensive engagement program with global end-user communities.

The Infrastructure of China's Influence: Connecting Developmentalism, Nation-building, and Regime Security in Asia

Funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (2019-2022), this project investigates how China uses infrastructure-driven development to wield international influence, by studying how Chinese ideas of ‘developmentalism’ interact with nation-building and regime security imperatives in Indonesia, Myanmar and Laos.

Worldviews on the United States, Alliances, and International Order (with Ryo Sahashi, University of Tokyo)

This project investigates the changing meaning and significance of being American allies or strategic partners, in a fast-evolving international order. Academic contributors have conducted research on a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. These include: Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the UK, and Vietnam. We also had draft papers on NATO, Eastern Europe, Okinawa, and Taiwan.



Barry Buzan and Evelyn Goh (2020) Re-thinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Evelyn Goh (2020) ‘In Response: Alliance Dynamics, Variables, and the English School for East Asia’, International Politics 57, pp. 278-284.

Evelyn Goh (2019) 'Contesting Hegemonic Order: China in East Asia', Security Studies 28:3, pp.614-644.

Evelyn Goh (2019) ‘US Dominance and American Bias in International Relations Scholarship: A View from the Outside’, Journal of Global Security Studies 4:3, pp. 402-410. 

Rosemary Foot and Evelyn Goh (2019) ‘The International Relations of East Asia: A New Research Prospectus', International Studies Review 21:3, pp. 398-423.


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. 

Professor Goh will consider supervision requests for PhB ASCHonours in Security Studies, and Masters (Strategic Studies) sub-theses for entry in February 2021. She is willing to consider supervising theses related to China's contemporary or historical influence in the regions around its periphery. She particularly seeks applicants interested in academic, theoretically-informed analysis of: 

  • Target states' perspectives and motivations in response to Chinese influence (especially in Southeast, South and Central Asia);
  • BRI infrastructure investment projects based on new data sources;
  • International influence of other states accruing from infrastructure investment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region; and
  • Chinese conceptions of the nexus between security and development (use of Chinese-language sources essential).
  • Asian conceptions of the relationships between environment and development (use of relevant language sources essential).

She will consider Doctoral applications from excellent students interested in studying Asian security topics, contemporary and historical. Proposals must demonstrate potential for theoretical innovation as well as empirical originality. Enquiries about prospective PhD supervision should note instructions here. We are currently considering Expressions of Interest for entry in February 2021.   

Professor Goh is the primary supervisor for the following current PhD students at ANU:

  • 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"
  • Emirza Syailendra, "Investigating the impact of domestic political factors on Southeast Asian countries' strategic behaviour towards the rise of China"

Masters (Advanced) sub-theses supervised by Prof Goh include:

  • Tommy Chai, "Small state autonomy enhancement through alignment strategies during intense great power competition" (ongoing)
  • Elke Larsen, "Narrative dominance: Explaining the creation of the 'Canberra consensus' about the US alliance, 2003-4" (2017)
  • Joel Einstein, "Australian strategic discourse about Indonesia, 1998-2016" (2018)
  • Rebecca Saylor, "U.S. Erosion of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime: India Case Study, 1998 and 2005" (2019)
  • Evan Keeble, "China's Management of its Contradictory 'Core Interests' since 1978" (2019)


[Please note that the following list of publications is not up-to-date as it is linked to a database that is beyond the control of this researcher. For latest publications, see 'Researcher's Projects' section above.]


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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