Ms Rita Parker

Europa Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Dr Parker’s research is focused on urgent global transnational security policy areas with a strong emphasis on actionable policy outcomes, and Ireland and its future.

Within this context her research explores non-traditional transnational security challenges to national resilience and, the future resilience of the liberal democratic model.

Her research about Ireland and its future includesits its global ambition to increase its profile, influence and position in a post-Brexit world. and its bid for a non-permanent seat on the Uniteid Nations Security Council for 2021-2022.


Dr Rita Parker is a Europa Visiting Fellow, at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University and an Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra (UC). She formerly managed the Australian Centre for Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales (UNSW) at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Prior appointments included as Distinguished Fellow (Associate Professor) at George Mason University (GMU), USA (2009-2014), Visiting Fellow UNSW Canberra (2011-2016). Dr Parker also held senior policy advisor roles in Australian Federal Government departments (including Prime Minster and Cabinet, Defence, Attorney-General’s) and to State governments, where she established her expertise in international transnational security and resilience issues.

Ritais co-editor of Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance (2017) and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in Australia, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.

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