Alfred Deakin Research Institute


About Us

On the 1st January 2015, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute merged with the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation to create the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADRI-CG). Professor David Lowe was the Institute's Director from 2009 to 2014.

For information about the new institute, including membership, please visit

Researchers at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute conduct high quality research, founded in the social sciences and humanities, which promotes public debate and policy impact. Our researchers are particularly engaged with questions relating to Australia and change in the world. We build links across disciplinary areas and with external partners, according to key research questions.

The Alfred Deakin Research Institute was established in 2009 as a major initiative of Deakin University. We have created a vibrant research community that, since 2010, has secured $6.8 million in research income (including more than $5.2 million in Australian competitive grants); supported 24 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to secure further academic appointments; and supervised 35 higher degree by research candidates through to completion.

The institute comprises both research-only scholars and teaching and researching academics. In both cases, our members are ambitious, active researchers committed to research excellence and impact. Members work across all of Deakin's four campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds; Geelong Waterfront Campus; Melbourne Campus at Burwood; and Warrnambool Campus. The Institute's headquarters are at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Alfred Deakin Research Institute researchers operate in one or more of three thematic research groups:

Our Director

Professor David Lowe is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, a humanities and social sciences research institute focused on Australia and the world. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy Series.

David is a historian of international relations and Australia in world affairs. He has published on Australia's involvement in wars, including the Cold War, and on aspects of Australia's overseas policies after the Second World War. He has authored or co-authored four books: Menzies and the Great World Struggle: Australia's Cold War 1948-1954 (UNSW Press, 1999); with Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and Garry Woodard, Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941-1969 (MUP, 2003); Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender (Pickering and Chatto, 2010); and, with Tony Joel, Remembering the Cold War (Routledge, 2013)

His expertise on Australia in world affairs has been drawn on by government departments in Canberra. Over the past eight years he has been a commissioned lecturer for the Master of Strategic Studies offered to senior Australian and international military personnel and public servants at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra. In 2009 he was guest lecturer at Keio and Doshisha Universities in Japan, sponsored by the Australia-Japan Foundation.

He is currently researching and writing on: public diplomacy in Australian and international contexts; the uses of history by Australian politicians; and Australian involvement in post-war decolonisation, including the Colombo Plan, and the history and legacies of Australian-government sponsored tertiary scholarships for Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

David joined Deakin University from Cambridge in 1991, and from 1993 to 1995 was Monash Lecturer in Australian Politics at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London.

Strategic Research Plan 2014-17

A copy of our Strategic Research Plan over the years 2014-17 can be downloaded here.


From its foundation in the humanities and social sciences, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute pursues research that makes a difference for Australia and the world.


The institute bears the name of Alfred Deakin (1856-1919), barrister, journalist, intellectual, spiritualist, political visionary, gifted orator, and three-time prime minister. He was the dominant figure of Australia's first decade following Federation. The Institute draws on and honours the legacy of Alfred Deakin and the contribution he made to the development of Australia's political and social institutions.

Although Australia has seen profound changes since Deakin's retirement from federal politics in 1913, his thinking still stimulates public debate. He is remembered for his far-sightedness in relation to Australia's role in its region and Australia's relations with the United States and India. Moreover, Deakin argued that Australians would not fulfil their full potential unless they were proactive in connecting with other peoples: "What can we know of Australia if we limit our inquiries within our borders, to the neglect of our relations far and near...?"


Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

4th February 2015