Associate Professor Jochen Prantl

D.Phil. (Oxon); M.A.
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

Global governance; international security; strategic diplomacy


Jochen Prantl joined ANU in November 2013.  He was Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy in 2015-16, and Deputy Director (International Engagement) in 2017-18 for the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.  His research focuses on global governance, international security, and strategic diplomacy.

Previously, he held positions in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He also served as Acting Director of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies. In 2007, Dr Prantl was the inaugural recipient of the Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Social Sciences, and in 2008, the University's nominee for the AXA Prize for Innovative Research.

Jochen Prantl held visiting and teaching appointments at Yale University, the German Council on Foreign Relations, Waseda University, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the University of Brasilia. He also served in the Policy Planning Unit of the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations in New York. Prior to his academic career, he worked in financial services with Allianz SE.  He is Senior Research Fellow in the Earth System Governance global research alliance and Elected Member of the Global Studies Research Academy at Moscow State University. 

Dr Prantl holds degrees in Political Science (M.A.) from the University of Bonn and International Relations (M.A.; D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford.

Researcher's projects

  1. The Crisis of Liberal Institutions; single-authored book project under contract with Oxford University Press.
  2. Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: ARC Discovery Project, (Project ID: DP150100300; Project funding: A$488,000; Project duration: 2015-20), with Chris Michaelsen, UNSW; Jeni Whalan, University of Queensland; Jeremy Farrall, ANU: a collaborative multi-year project that examines the fundamental problem of how elected members on the Security Council can influence Council decision-making and norm development. The project addresses the central research question of why and when non-permanent Council members have succeeded in impacting the Council's decision-making process, despite lacking the veto power available to the five permanent members. More information about the project’s impact can be found here. Key outputs include, Unexpected Influence: Power Beyond Permanence in the UN Security Council, book proposal under review with Oxford University Press.
  3. Strategic Diplomacy in the 21st Century (with Evelyn Goh, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 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. In 2019, Goh and Prantl were part of an ANU team that won an Australian Department of Defence Strategic Policy Grant worth over A$350,000, to deliver training courses specially designed for the Australian Defence policy workforce. In 2020, Goh and Prantl won another Strategic Policy Grant worth over A$210,000 for their two-year research project, Strategic Diplomacy for Australian Defence and Statecraft. The project co-leaders are currently developing a book manuscript, Strategic Diplomacy in East Asia, under review with Oxford University Press.
  4. Strategic Diplomacy in a Changing World Order: The Curious Case of South America. Special journal issue, Contemporary Politics (under preparation).
  5. Building Capabilities for Earth System Governance; lead author in a team-authored book project with Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau, Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, and Eduardo Viola, all based at the University of Brasilia, under contract with Cambridge University Press. The book develops a new 'strategic capabilities framework' for studying and steering complex socio-ecological systems. It is driven by the central question of what are the most essential capabilities that ought to be fostered for addressing the fundamental 21st Century environmental challenges and earth system transformations.
  6. Invited single-authored book project, The UN Security Council in Global Governance, under contract with Routledge Global Institutions Series, edited by Professors Tom Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson.

Latest Publications:

Evelyn Goh and Jochen Prantl, 'COVID-19 is exposing the complexity of connectivity', East Asia Forum, 8 April 2020.

Jochen Prantl (with Jeremy Farrall, Marie-Eve Loiselle, Christopher Michaelsen, and Jeni Whalan), 'Elected member influence in the United Nations Security Council', Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 33:1 (2020), pp. 101-115; doi:10.1017/S0922156519000657.    

Current student projects

PhD Projects:

KHURRAM, Abdullah: Exploring the Renewed Potential of Middle Power Statecraft: Comparing Diplomatic Approaches of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa & Turkey (Panel Member).

PAYENDEE, Kevin: Strategic Diplomacy of Ocean Governance (Main Supervisor).

RAMASUBRAMANIAN, Giridharan: Catalytic Diplomacy: Institutional Complexity and the Evolution of Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (Main Supervisor).

ROBINSON, Craig: Global Food Security and the 2007-08 Food Price Crisis: The Case for a Diplomatic Response (Main Supervisor).

Master Advanced Thesis:

MCCONNELL, Benjamin: Diplomacy in the Final Frontier: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Growing Need for Space Diplomacy in the 21st Century.

Past student projects

Master Advanced (Thesis):

MUFTI, Tubagus Farih: Triangular Diplomacy in the Rohingya Conflict.

YANG, Jie: Rethinking the UN Security Council's Legitimacy.

PhD Projects:

CLEMENTS, Ashley: At the Frontlines of New Diplomacy: Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups (Panel Member).

TURNBULL, Timothea: State diplomatic behaviour in multilateral arms control negotiations (Panel Member).


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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