Dr Lauren Richardson

BA, MA (Monash), LL.M (Keio), PhD (ANU)
Director of Studies & Lecturer, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 0910

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • International Relations 160607
  • Social Change 160805

Research interests

Japan-Korea peninsula relations;  state-society relations; transnational social movements; victim redress; Asia-Pacific security; civil-military relations


Dr Lauren Richardson is Director of Studies and Lecturer at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2017) and Keio University (2014) in Tokyo. Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in shaping diplomatic interactions in the context of Northeast Asia, particularly Japan-South Korea relations. She is currently completing a book manuscript on “history problems” between the two countries, entitled Reshaping Japan-Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress.

Dr Richardson obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian Studies from Monash University, and spent several years studying Japanese and Korean language as part of these programs. She also completed a Master’s in Political Science at Keio University in Tokyo, where she wrote a dissertation in Japanese on the “history problems” in Japan-ROK relations. Her PhD at ANU entailed one year of field work in both Japan and South Korea. She has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University. 


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