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Prof David Lowe

Prof David Lowe

Position: Director
Phone: +61 3 522 72691
Campus: F


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Brief Biography

Professor David Lowe is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, and a leader of humanities and social science research that informs policy and practice. 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. He is also a member of the Executive of the Health and Well-being Pillar of G21, Geelong Regional Alliance.

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. In 1999 he published the book, Menzies and the Great World Struggle: Australia's Cold War 1948-1954 (UNSW Press); in 2003 he published, with Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and Garry Woodard, Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941-1969 (MUP); and his biographical study of Percy Spender, former Australian Minister for External Affairs and Ambassador in Washington, Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender, was published by Pickering and Chatto, London in 2010.

His expertise on Australia in world affairs has been drawn on by government departments in Canberra. Over the past six 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: first speeches in Australia's Federal Parliament; the uses of history by Australian politicians; and Australian involvement in post-war decolonisation, including the Colombo Plan, and the end of empires in Melanesia.

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.

HDR Supervision

- Post War Expressions of Australian cultural democracy (Khylie Bray, PhD)

- The evolution of early western understandings of the Holocaust, 1945-1961 (Sarah Coates, PhD)

- A diplomatic history of Australia's relations with India 1944-1962 (Eric Meadows, PhD)

- Trial and Error: how Nazi War Crimes trials shaped Holocaust historiography (Mathew Turner, PhD)

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