Joanne Wallis

Professor Joanne Wallis

Professor of International Security

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Joanne Wallis is Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Adelaide.

Joanne is a leading academic voice within the Australian strategic and foreign affairs policy community. She has been a delegate to the Australia-America Leadership Dialogue, has been invited to participate in strategic dialogues in Washington, Wellington, Canberra, Taipei and Port Moresby, and has appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Joanne is the author or editor of seven books, including Constitution making during State building (CUP 2014) and Pacific Power? Australia’s Strategy in the Pacific Islands (MUP 2017).

Joanne is the chief investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, analysing Australian interventions in the Pacific Islands and the operation of the Australia-New Zealand alliance. She is also the chief investigator on a Defence Strategic Policy Grant analysing the potential of a networked security architecture in the Pacific Islands.

Joanne co-edits Peacebuilding. She is on the editorial advisory committee of Asia Policy, the international advisory board of The Round Table and the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Joanne completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Poynton Cambridge Australia scholar. She completed Masters degrees in Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne and prior to that was a lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters).

Joanne then spent more than eight years in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. She was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and received a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Joanne has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina; a Visiting Scholar at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project at the Australian National University; an Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne; and a Visiting Scholar the East-West Center in Honolulu.

Joanne has also taught on Australia’s strategic and foreign policy at the Australian War College, and in professional education programs for the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Home Affairs.

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  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 05
  • Org Unit: Politics and International Relations (POLIR)

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