University of Melbourne

By 2 December 2018 Partners

The University of Melbourne is a public university based in south-eastern Australia. Since its foundation in 1853, the University of Melbourne has been the hub of prolific research on international politics. Not only is the University of Melbourne located firmly within the Asia-Pacific region, it is also fertile ground for leading research on European studies.

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Key Researchers


Philomena Murray is the Lead Researcher of the University of Melbourne in the EAST Network.  She is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was the Research Director on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009 she was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an assessor for the Australian Research Council and European research bodies. A former diplomat for Ireland, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.


She is Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin; Visiting Professor in the College of Europe, Bruges and Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Bruges. She was Adjunct Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury and Associate Fellow of the Free University of Berlin. She was Academic Associate, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne.


She has been awarded 17 EU-funded Jean Monnet grants; four other EU grants; two Australian Research Council grants and nine other grants. Her research interests are in comparative regional integration; EU-Asia relations; EU-Australia relations; comparative refugee externalisation policies and EU governance and legitimacy. Publications include Murray, P. & Matera, M. eds. (2018) Australia’s relationship with the European Union: From conflict to cooperation, Special Issue, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 72:3; Longo, M. & Murray, P. (2015) Europe’s Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions, Palgrave Pivot; Brennan, L. & Murray, P. (2015) Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, Routledge; Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray P eds. (2013, paperback 2015), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave; Murray P & Rees N eds., “European and Asian Regionalism: Form and Function”, International Politics, 47, 3/4, May/July 2010; Murray P ed. (2008) Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux Basingstoke Palgrave and Murray, P. (2005) Australia and the European Superpower, Melbourne University Press.


Evgeny Postnikov is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. His research interests centre on international political economy, especially trade policy and its links with social issues, such as labour rights and the environment, as well as European Union politics and external relations. He is particularly interested in the rise of bilateralism in global trade and the role the EU and others play in it. His main work explores the design of social standards in preferential trade agreements, focussing on their causes and consequences. Evgeny conducted extensive field research in the EU, US, Chile, South Korea and Colombia where he interviewed policy-makers and interest groups involved in the making and implementation of social standards in trade agreements. His research also examines policy diffusion within the networks of private actors in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood and in transatlantic relations. His work has been published in several international outlets, such as the Journal of European Public Policy, Environmental Politics, New Political Economy and the Journal of Common Market Studies. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, Evgeny was Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and also taught at Nankai University in China. He was educated in Russia, Germany and the US where he completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh while teaching various political science courses. In EAST, Evgeny is a contributor and co-editor for the volume on trade relations.