Melissa-Ellen Dowling

Melissa-Ellen Dowling

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Melissa is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her research interests are democratic resilience, digital era governance, and critical discourse analysis. Melissa is currently researching malign influence and disinformation as part of a broader Defence project on Modelling Complex Warfare.

My current research focuses on countering malign influence and building democratic resilience in the context Australia's digitizing democracy. The risk assessment project involves identifying vulnerabilities in Australia's democracy, and formulating a democratic resilience model to conceptualise threats stemming from the propagation of disinformation.  

I completed a PhD in January 2020. My PhD thesis, ‘Writing Russia: Anglophone Historians Discursively Constructing AnOther Nation’, originated the concept of discordus to address the discursive construction of Russia as embedded in a three-tiered geo-cultural paradigm. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2014 The University of Adelaide Australia BIntSt (hons)
    2013 The University of Adelaide Australia LLB
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Dowling, M. -E. (2017). A Socio-Political Model of Lies in Russia. Putin Against the Personal. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(2), 373-374.
    2017 Dowling, M. -E. (2017). Return to Cold War. East European Politics, 33(2), 316-317.

Australian Postgraduate Award 

Course Co-Ordinator:

POLIS2114 Approaches in International Relations (2019)


POLIS2013 Terrorism and Global Politics (2020)

POLIS1102 Introduction to Global Politics (2017-2019)

POLIS2114 Approaches in International Relations (2019)

POLIS2104 The Ethics of War and Peace (2018)

POLIS1104 Introduction to Comparative Politics (2017)


POLIS3002 International Security (2019)

ASIA2024 Asian Giants: Japan, China, and India (2019)

POLIS3001 Citizenship and Globalisation (2019 and 2020)

Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (2017)

Guest Lectures:

"The Language of Nationality in Histories of World War II" for HIST3057 Nations and Nationalism (2019)

"EU-Russia Relations" for POLIS2011 Europe Today (2017 and 2018)

"An Introduction to Social Capital" for Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (2018)

Melissa has also delivered lectures on Marxism and Post-Colonialism in the context of International Relations as part of the course, Approaches in International Relations

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