Purnendra Jain

Emeritus Professor Purnendra Jain

Emeritus Professor

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

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

Purnendra JAIN is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His main research has focused on contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy. He has also researched and written extensively on Japan-India, Japan-South Asia relations, Australia-Asia relations; regionalism and regional institutions; energy and foreign aid issues, comparative studies of the politics and foreign policy of Japan, China and India. His research results have been published in such journals as Asian Survey, Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Japan Forum, Japanese Studies, Leviathan, Global Asia, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, etc. His most recent book is Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (co-edited with Lam Peng Er) (2013). He teaches courses related to politics, public policy and international relations of contemporary Japan; Australia's relations with the Asia Pacific region; regionalism and regional institutions; rise and fall of nation-states –and comparative studies of politics and foreign policy of Japan, China and India. He has successfully supervised many honours, masters and doctoral students.

He is a former president of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (2003-2005); Asian Studies Association of Australia (2010-2012) and co-convenor of the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS9), Adelaide, 2015.

In 2020, he was awarded the Japanese Imperial Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to Japan studies.

In 2021, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities for his scholarship in Japanese Studies.

Years/s Project Title Investigator/s Funding Body Amount

Foreign Aid Policy and Health Diplomacy in a Covid World: Exploring Australia-Japan Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Era

Jain, P Japan Foundation (Sydney) $5,000

Developing the network of EU centres in
Australia and New Zealand 
(EU Centre for Global Affairs)

Morfesi D, Findlay C,
Quester P, Pomfret R,
Freeman S, Lindsay N, 
Jayasuriya K, Jain P,
Beasley C, Zurbrugg R,
West-Sooby J, Brown D,
Boehe D, Torresi T,
Wilson N, Redden J


2009-15 Network Diplomacy: Japan's Strategic
Responses to the Rise of China and India
Jain P Australian
2005 East Asian Realignment? Japan, China and
India: Prospects for a New Regional
Cooperative Framework
Jain P, Bruni J University of
2004-09 Asia-Pacific Futures Network: Japan/Korea
Node (ARC Research Network;
Project Administered by ANU)
Jain P Australian
2004-05 War, conflict and nation-building:
an Asian perspective
Jain P Japan
2003 War, conflict and nation-building Jain P Japan
2002-03 Australia, Japan and the United States -
Towards a new security architecture in the
Jain P, Bruni J University of
2001-05 Japan's Subnational Actors in International
Affairs:  Local Government and Regional
Jain P Australian
2001 Access, Entry, Voice: Government and
the internet revolution in two Asian nations
Jain P, Mayer P

University of

2000-01 Crisis in Asia: Local, Regional and Global
Jain P AusAID $5,774
2000-01 Crisis in Asia: Local, Regional and Global
Jain P Japan
2000 Beyond the Nation-State:
Japan's Cities in Foreign Affairs
Jain P Australian
1999 The Role of Prefectures and Cities in
Japan's Foreign Relations
Jain P University of
1998 Australasian Studies of Japan project Jain P, Myers D Japan
1997-08 Compiling an annotated bibliography of
Japanese studies in Australian and
New Zealand (Social Sciences 1989-95)
Jain P Japan
1997 Japanese Society and Culture/Japanese Politics Jain P Japan
1996-97 Compiling an Annotated Bibliography
of Japanese Studies in Australia
Jain P Japan
1996 Japan's Domestic Politics and APEC Jain P Australian
1995-96 Economic change political pluralism and
democratic reform in the Asian Region
Jain P Japan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor THE RISE OF ASIAN LIONS: Japan, China, and India’s Disruptive Development Engagement in Africa Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Brittany Lynn Morreale
    2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor China's Free Trade Agreement Diplomacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yang Li
    2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Forecasting China's Future: Experts and Uncertainty Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Roger Irvine
    2007 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Singapore's Foreign Policy: Beyond Realism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ming Ting
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Japan's Response to the Rise of China: Implication for Regional Institutions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joel Rathus
    2002 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Racing to the Bottom or Winners All Round? Southeast Asia's Economic Development in the 1990s Master of Arts Master Part Time Ms Lin Siah
    2001 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Ethics of Japan's Global Environmental Policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Midori Kagawa-Fox
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    1996 - 1997 Principal Supervisor The Role and Policy of the South Australian Government in the Development of Economic Ties with Asian Nations University of Adelaide MA by Research Master Full Time Masaki Minami
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2015 - 2016 Japan as a Middle Power: Japan Diplomacy during the Asian Financial Crisis American university, Cairo Mr Takeshi Kobayashi
    2015 - 2015 Marketing family business in Japan Harvard University Ms Kakuni Mahto
    2007 - 2010 Japan's Foreign Policy Flinders University Alex Stephens
  • Position: Emeritus Professor
  • Phone: 83134688
  • Email: purnendra.jain@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Kenneth Wills, floor 6
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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