Politics & International Relations graduate research

Politics and International Relations at Monash offers graduate students exceptional resources and expertise for the advanced study of politics across a wide range of areas.

We provide students with the opportunity to research the big issues in global and national politics – power and justice, war and peace, authority and freedom – with leading experts committed to excellence in research training.

We have a long and colourful history as a politically engaged community that stimulates graduates to think about and debate ideas of freedom, democracy, equality and security and how they can be realised in practice. We have educated generations of graduate students who are now political and community leaders, eminent scholars, political activists and larrikins.

Politics and International Relations at Monash provides state of the art training for graduates who want to think critically about the big political issues and conduct research that makes a difference.

We invite expressions of interest from students who wish to join an intellectual community that prizes research excellence and practical engagement.

Research projects and areas

Our research drives public debate and policy development in a wide range of areas, including political leadership, parties and electoral systems, peace and security, counter-terrorism and radicalisation, democracy and democratic transition, post-colonialism and reconciliation, multiculturalism and ethnic diversity.

We have partnered with Victoria Police, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Corrections Victoria, the Australian Federal Police, The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Oxfam-Monash Partnership, Plan International, UN Women, and World YWCA.

We host internationally recognized experts conducting cutting-edge research on preventing violent extremism, remedying historical injustices, realizing gender mainstreaming, transforming development practices and much more.

Supervisors in Politics & International Relations

Student profile

Name: Andrew Newman
Discipline: Politics and International Relations

"A PhD is respected in every profession setting, all around the world. It definitely provided me with a highly specialized knowledge base, universally applicable skill set and an intense work ethic that I have applied in every job I’ve done since."

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Supervisor profile

Name: Pete Lentini
Discipline: Politics and International Relations

"The relationship between a candidate pursuing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), and his or her supervisor, is one of the most important in an academic’s life."

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