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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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Wallis, J., & Kent, L. (2019). Special issue on ‘reconceiving civil society and transitional justice: lessons from asia and the pacific’. Global Change, Peace and Security, 31(2), 129-138.
    2019 Wallis, J. (2019). The role of ‘uncivil’ society in transitional justice: Evidence from bougainville and timor-leste. Global Change, Peace and Security, 31(2), 159-179.
    2017 Jeffery, R., Kent, L., & Wallis, J. (2017). Reconceiving the roles of religious civil society organizations in transitional justice: Evidence from the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Bougainville. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 11(3), 378-399.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS3
    2017 Wallis, J. (2017). Is ‘good enough’ peacebuilding good enough? The potential and pitfalls of the local turn in peacebuilding in Timor-Leste. Pacific Review, 30(2), 251-269.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    2016 Wallis, J. (2016). How important is participatory constitution-making? Lessons from Timor-Leste and Bougainville. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54(3), 362-386.
    DOI Scopus2
    2016 Wallis, J., Jeffery, R., & Kent, L. (2016). Political reconciliation in Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and Bougainville: the dark side of hybridity. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(2), 159-178.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19
    2016 Wallis, J., & Wesley, M. (2016). Unipolar Anxieties: Australia's Melanesia Policy after the Age of Intervention. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 3(1), 26-37.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2016 Wallis, J., & Dalsgaard, S. (2016). Money, manipulation and misunderstanding on Manus Island. Journal of Pacific History, 51(3), 301-329.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2015 Wallis, J. (2015). The south pacific: ‘arc of instability’ or ‘arc of opportunity’?. Global Change, Peace and Security, 27(1), 39-53.
    DOI Scopus3
    2013 Wallis, J. (2013). What role can decentralisation play in state-building? Lessons from Timor-Leste and Bougainville. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 51(4), 424-446.
    DOI Scopus9
    2013 Wallis, J. (2013). Nation-Building, Autonomy Arrangements, and Deferred Referendums: Unresolved Questions from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 19(3), 310-332.
    DOI Scopus6
    2013 Wallis, J. (2013). Victors, Villains and Victims: Capitalizing on Memory in Timor-Leste. Ethnopolitics, 12(2), 133-160.
    DOI Scopus9
    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). Building a liberal-local hybrid peace and state in Bougainville. Pacific Review, 25(5), 613-635.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8
    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). A liberal-local hybrid peace project in action? the increasing engagement between the local and liberal in Timor-Leste. Review of International Studies, 38(4), 735-761.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS14
    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). Ten Years of Peace: Assessing Bougainville's Progress and Prospects. Round Table, 101(1), 29-40.
    DOI Scopus11
    2010 Wallis, J. (2010). 'Friendly islands' in an unfriendly system: Examining the process of Tonga's WTO accession. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 51(3), 262-277.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS10
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2014 Wallis, J. (2014). Constitution making during State buildingy.
    DOI Scopus18
  • Position: Professor of International Security
  • Phone: 83135809
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 05
  • Org Unit: Politics and International Relations (POLIR)

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