Joanne Wallis

Professor Joanne Wallis

Professor of International Security

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


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

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 boards of the Australian Journal of International Affairs and Global Studies Quarterly.

Joanne has been a visiting scholar at the Australian Civil Military Centre and regularly briefs government agencies, appears before parliamentary committees, and participates in international strategic dialogues. 

Joanne completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Poynton Cambridge Australia scholar. Joanne then spent more than eight years in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. She has also 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 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. She was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and received a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Personal website: https://www.joannewallis.com/

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Wallis, J. (2021). It’s the Little Things: The Role of International Interveners in the Social (re)Construction of the International Peace Architecture. Global Society, 35(4), 456-478.
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    2021 Wallis, J., & Neves, G. (2021). Evaluating the legacy of state-building in timor-leste. Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, 9(1), 19-40.
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    2021 Wallis, J. (2021). Contradictions in Australia's Pacific Islands discourse. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 75(5), 487-506.
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    2021 Wallis, J., & Powles, A. (2021). Burden-sharing: the US, Australia and New Zealand alliances in the Pacific islands. International Affairs, 97(4), 1045-1065.
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    2021 Wallis, J., & McNeill, H. (2021). The implications of COVID-19 for security in the Pacific Islands. Round Table, 110(2), 203-216.
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    2020 Wallis, J. (2020). Is It Time for Australia to Adopt a “Free and Open” Middle-Power Foreign Policy?. Asia Policy, 15(4), 7-20.
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    2020 Wallis, J., Reeves, J., Chinoy, S. R., & Sambhi, N. (2020). A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities for Engagement. Asia Policy, 15(4), 1-6.
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    2020 Wallis, J., & Batley, J. (2020). How does the ‘Pacific’ fit into the ‘Indo-Pacific’? The changing geopolitics of the Pacific Islands. Security Challenges, 16(1), 2-10.
    2020 Wallis, J. (2020). Displaced security? The relationships, routines and rhythms of peacebuilding interveners. Cooperation and Conflict, 55(4), 479-496.
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    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.
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    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.
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    2019 Wallis, J. E. (2019). 'Cut and paste' constitution-making in timor-leste. Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, 7(2), 333-358.
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    2018 Forsyth, M., Kent, L., Dinnen, S., Wallis, J., & Bose, S. (2018). Hybridity in peacebuilding and development: a critical approach. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 2(4), 407-421.
    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.
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    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.
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    2017 Wallis, J., & Richmond, O. (2017). From constructivist to critical engagements with peacebuilding: implications for hybrid peace. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 2(4), 422-445.
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    2016 Wallis, J. (2016). How important is participatory constitution-making? Lessons from Timor-Leste and Bougainville. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54(3), 362-386.
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    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.
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    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.
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    2016 Wallis, J., & Dalsgaard, S. (2016). Money, manipulation and misunderstanding on Manus Island. Journal of Pacific History, 51(3), 301-329.
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    2015 Wallis, J. (2015). The south pacific: ‘arc of instability’ or ‘arc of opportunity’?. Global Change, Peace and Security, 27(1), 39-53.
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    2014 Wallis, J. (2014). Papua New Guinea: New Opportunities and Declining Australian Influence?. Security Challenges, 10(2), 115-135.
    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.
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    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.
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    2013 Wallis, J. (2013). Victors, Villains and Victims: Capitalizing on Memory in Timor-Leste. Ethnopolitics, 12(2), 133-160.
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    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). Building a liberal-local hybrid peace and state in Bougainville. Pacific Review, 25(5), 613-635.
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    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.
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    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). Ten Years of Peace: Assessing Bougainville's Progress and Prospects. Round Table, 101(1), 29-40.
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    2012 Wallis, J. (2012). The Pacific: from ‘Arc of Instability’ to ‘Arc of Responsibility’ and then to ‘Arc of Opportunity’?. Security Challenges, 8(4), 1-12.
    2010 Mitchell, A., & Wallis, J. (2010). ‘Pacific Pause: The Rhetoric of Special & Differential Treatment, the Reality of WTO Accession’. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 27(4), 663-706.
    2010 Martin, G., Williams, A., Baldacchino, G., Chan, S., Saunders, C., Clegg, P., & Wallis, J. (2010). Book Reviews. The Round Table, 99(407), 211-225.
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    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.
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    2008 Wallis, J. (2008). Transnationalism and the Development of the Deterritorialised Tongan Nation-State. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 8(3), 408-432.
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    2008 Wallis, J. (2008). Small States in a globalised world: resilience as a response to vulnerability?. Melbourne Journal of Politics, 33, 3-47.
    2006 Wallis, J. (2006). A ‘helpem fren’ in need: cooperative intervention and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Security Challenges, 2(2), 81-98.
    Mitchell, A. D., & Wallis, J. E. (n.d.). Pacific Pause: The Rhetoric of Special & Differential Treatment, the Reality of WTO Accession. SSRN Electronic Journal.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2020 Wallis, J., & Kent, L. (2020). Reconceiving Civil Society and Transitional Justice Lessons from Asia and the Pacific.
    2019 Cronin, C., Kent, L., & Wallis, J. (2019). Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific. ANU Press.
    2018 Kent, L., Forsyth, M., Dinnen, S., Bose, S., & Wallis, J. (2018). Hybridity in Peacebuilding and Development A Critical and Reflexive Approach. ThirdWorlds.
    2018 Wallis, J., Kent, L., Forsyth, M., Dinnen, S., & Bose, S. (2018). Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development Critical Conversations. ANU Press.
    2017 Wallis, J. (2017). Pacific Power? Australia’s strategy in the Pacific Islands. Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Melbourne University Press.
    2016 Wallis, J., & Carr, A. (2016). Asia-Pacific Security An Introduction. Asia-Pacific Security.
    2014 Wallis, J. (2014). Constitution making during State buildingy. Cambridge University Press.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Wallis, J. (2021). The social construction of peace. In O. Richmond, & G. Visoka (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Peacebuilding, Statebuilding, and Peace Formation (pp. 77-90).
    2019 Wallis, J. (2019). Constitution-making and State-building. In H. Lerner, & D. Landau (Eds.), Elgar Handbook of Comparative Constitution Making. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
    2019 Kent, L., Wallis, J., & Cronin, C. (2019). Introduction: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific’. In L. Kent, J. Wallis, & C. Cronin (Eds.), Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 1-20). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2019 Kent, L., Wallis, J., & Cronin, C. (2019). Introduction: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific’. In L. Kent, J. Wallis, & C. Cronin (Eds.), Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 1-20). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2019 Wallis, J. (2019). The role played by reconciliation in social reconstruction in Bougainville. In L. Kent, J. Wallis, & C. Cronin (Eds.), Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 157-181). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2019 Wallis, J. (2019). The role played by reconciliation in social reconstruction in Bougainville. In L. Kent, J. Wallis, & C. Cronin (Eds.), Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 157-181). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2019 Wallis, J. (2019). Timor-Leste in a rich country, but also a poor one: the effect and effectiveness of public transfer schemes. In A. McWilliam, & M. Leach (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste (pp. 124-135). Abingdon: Routledge.
    2018 Kent, L., Bose, S., Wallis, J., Dinnen, S., & Forsyth, M. (2018). Introduction. In J. Wallis, L. Kent, M. Forsyth, S. Dinnen, & S. Bose (Eds.), Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (pp. 1-20). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2018 Kent, L., Bose, S., Wallis, J., Dinnen, S., & Forsyth, M. (2018). Introduction. In J. Wallis, L. Kent, M. Forsyth, S. Dinnen, & S. Bose (Eds.), Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (pp. 1-20). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2018 Wallis, J. (2018). Is there still a place for liberal peacebuilding?. In J. Wallis, L. Kent, M. Forsyth, S. Dinnen, & S. Bose (Eds.), Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (pp. 83-98). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2018 Wallis, J. (2018). Is there still a place for liberal peacebuilding?. In J. Wallis, L. Kent, M. Forsyth, S. Dinnen, & S. Bose (Eds.), Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (pp. 83-98). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2016 Wallis, J., & Carr, A. (2016). An Introduction to Asia-Pacific Security. In J. Wallis, & A. Carr (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Security: an introduction. Washington: Georgetown University Press.
    2016 Wallis, J., & Carr, A. (2016). An Introduction to Asia-Pacific Security. In J. Wallis, & A. Carr (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Security: an introduction. Washington: Georgetown University Press.
    2016 Wallis, J. (2016). Why are Small States a Security Concern in the Asia-Pacific?. In J. Wallis, & A. Carr (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Security: an introduction. Washington: Georgetown University Press.
    2016 Wallis, J. (2016). Why are Small States a Security Concern in the Asia-Pacific?. In J. Wallis, & A. Carr (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Security: an introduction. Washington: Georgetown University Press.
    2016 Wallis, J. (2016). Is Oceania a regional security complex?. In A. Holtz (Ed.), A Region in Transition: Politics and Power in the Pacific Island Countries (pp. 17-46). Saarbrücken: Universaar.
    2015 Wallis, J., Noronha, J. M. D. R. C., & Viana, J. J. M. S. (2015). East Timorese expectations and experiences of INTERFET. In J. Blaxland (Ed.), East Timor Intervention: A Retrospective on INTERFET. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
    2015 Wallis, J. (2015). Assessing the implementation and impact of Timor-Leste’s cash payment schemes’. In S. Ingram, L. Kent, & A. McWilliam (Eds.), A New Era?: Prospects and Challenges for Timor-Leste (pp. 235-250). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2014 Wallis, J. (2014). Australia and the South Pacific. In B. Taylor, P. Dean, & S. Fruehling (Eds.), Australia’s Defence: Towards a New Era? (pp. 140-164). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
    2014 Wallis, J. (2014). Australia in the Pacific. In D. Baldino, A. Carr, & A. Langlois (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates (pp. 174-190). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
    2011 Wallis, J., & Mitchell, A. (2011). Pacific Countries in the WTO: Accession and Accommodation’. In Y. -S. Lee (Ed.), Law and Development Perspectives on International Trade Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Mitchell, A. D., & Wallis, J. (n.d.). Pacific Countries in the WTO. In Law and Development Perspective on International Trade Law (pp. 179-222). Cambridge University Press.
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor All the way with the USA? The effect of the US-Australia alliance on Australian Foreign Policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Jason Cherry-Smith
    2021 Principal Supervisor International influence and domestic political agency in Solomon Islands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Edward Acton-Cavanough
    2021 Principal Supervisor Pacific mediation of the dynamics, legitimacy and influence of Australia and New Zealand and their 'alliance'. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Solstice Middleby
  • Position: Professor of International Security
  • Phone: 83135809
  • Email: joanne.wallis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 05
  • Org Unit: Politics and International Relations (POLIR)

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