Staff profile - Danielle Chubb

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Dr Danielle Chubb

Position: Lecturer In International Relations
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: D4.21, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Hours: by appointment.
Phone: +61 3 924 46751 +61 3 924 46751



Danielle Chubb is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and welcomes supervision requests from students looking to focus their Honours or Masters theses on issues surrounding non-state activism, Australian foreign policy, Korea peninsula issues or non-traditional diplomacy.

Before starting at Deakin in 2012, Danielle spent time as a Research Fellow at the Honolulu-based security studies think tank, Pacific Forum CSIS. She has also worked as a lecturer at The Australian National University and Hawaii Pacific University, and as a researcher in the Australian Parliamentary Library's Social Policy branch. In 2008, Danielle was selected as a delegate for the Rudd government's 2020 Summit, contributing to the group 'Australia's future security in a rapidly changing world'. 

Danielle’s main research interests are the policy dynamics of the Korean peninsula, the role of non-traditional actors in security arenas, and Australian foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific. Her current research project looks at alternative modes of engagement vis-à-vis the security issues that accompany current international approaches to North Korea.

Danielle's first book, Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. The book was officially launched by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG. The book examines the role played by political activists in shaping the discussion of inter-Korean relations as they pursue the separate yet connected agendas of democracy, human rights, and unification. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2010
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2015


International Studies Association

Australian Political Science Association

LinkedIn profile

Personal website


Subjects and units currently teaching

In 2016, Danielle is Unit Chair and Lecturer for

AIR120 - Australia and the world (T2)

Danielle is on research leave (Academic Study Program) during T1 2016. 

Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

Australian foreign policy; North Korea; South Korea; civil society; human rights activism

Student supervision

2014 M. Kershaw: The role of constructed identities in US-DPRK relations: 2001-2012, MA(IR)

Media appearances

Danielle contributes to public discussion and debate related to North Korea and Australian foreign policy. Examples of these contributions include:

‘National interest’ figleaf avoids debate on wars and terror laws, The Conversation, 22 September 2014

The religious cult of North Korea’s Kim dynasty, ABC Radio National, 16 April, 2013

We need to engage with North Korea,” The Australian, Thursday August 18, 2011

International Relations, North Korea style,  ABC The Drum, 25 November, 2010

Related Links

Book launch website, including comments made by Kirby on the book, as well as photos of the event. 


Research interests

Danielle's research interests are in constructivist and critical International Relations and security studies, transnational activism, risk in International Relations and Diplomacy, North Korea, human rights and Australian foreign policy. 

Danielle has published on activism and inter-Korean relations, diplomacy and North Korea, Australian foreign policy South Korea's National Security Law and North Korean defector activism in a range of peer reviewed journals and edited books. Her book on activism and inter-Korean relations was published with Columbia University Press in 2014. 

Current projects

Risk and North Korea

This project examines the intractability of Western diplomatic engagement with North Korea by applying a risk analysis framework. It introduces the idea that the concept of risk is deeply contextual; calculations of risk take shape within quite specific social, historical, institutional and ideological frameworks. The project draws on recent efforts to integrate sociological approaches to risk analysis with the International Relations security literature. By offering a deeper understanding of the socio-political meanings that policy makers in the US, Europe and Australia attach to the concept of ‘risk’ when applied to North Korea, the project’s final outcomes will include suggestions for more effective approaches to diplomatic engagement

North Korean human rights: evolving discourses

This collaborative project examines the evolution of North Korean human rights discourses following the development and release of the UN COI's report into North Korean human rights and builds on the authors' previous work into this under-examined social movement and discourse. The authors will focus on a range of angles, including discourses of activists based in the US, Europe and South Korea, as well as those of the North Korean defector diaspora. Danielle's contribution examines the transnational dimensions of the North Korean human rights advocacy networks. 

Public Opinion and Australian foreign policy

This project examines Australian public opinion towards defence and foreign policy from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. It combines in-depth qualitative examinations of Australian debates around key foreign policy issues with a wide range of survey data. The research will be published in a book, co-authored by Professor Ian McAllister (ANU). The book’s chapters centre around three central questions: how has Australian public opinion toward defence and foreign policy evolved since 1945?; how responsive have Australian governments been to public opinion?; and, finally, under what circumstances has public opinion shaped defence and foreign policy?


Research interests:

  • Transnational activism
  • Non-traditional diplomacy
  • Critical security
  • Inter-Korean relations
  • North Korea
  • South Korean politics
  • Australian foreign policy
  • Global agenda setting
  • Non-state activism and civil society

Research grants

2015. $AUD25,575. The Evolution of North Korean Human Rights Discourse and Activism: Domestic and Transnational Dimensions, Korea Foundation Policy Oriented Research Program (with Andrew Yeo, Catholic University of America)

Research groups

Danielle is a member of the inter-disciplinary Governance, Justice and Security Research Stream, in Deakin University's Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Research page




2014, Contentious activism and inter-Korean relations, Columbia University Press, New York, NY.

Journal articles:

2016, with Kim HJ 'Civil society, democracy and the state in South Korea: a critical dialogue', Australian Journal of Political Science, DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2016.1145899

2015, ‘North Korean human rights and the international community: responding to the UN Commission of Inquiry’, Asia Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, vol 15, no 1-2, pp.51-72

2013, 'Acting alone to act together: diversifying approaches to North Korea', New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol 15, no 1, pp.43-59

2010, 'Le combat des activistes nord-coréens en Corée du Sud, Critique Internationale, vol 49, pp.37-51.

Book chapters:

2015, ‘Just another regional superpower? A cautious South Korea watches India’s rise’ in K Sullivan (ed), Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India’s Rise Beyond the West, Palgrave Macmillan, London. (In press)

2014, 'Statist nationalism and South Korea's National Security Law, in JH Kwak & K Matsuda, Patriotism in East Asia, Routledge, New York, pp.136-150

2013, 'North Korean defector activism and the South Korean politics', V Gelézeau, K De Ceuster & A Delissen (eds), in De-bordering Korea: tangible and intangible legacies of the Sunshine Policy, Routledge, Albingdon OX, ch5, pp.106-257

2013, 'Down under and in-between: Australian security perspectives in the 'Asian Century', in B Glosserman and C Baker (eds), Doing more and expecting less: the future of US alliances in the Asia-Pacific, Pacific Forum CSIS, Honolulu, HI. 

Link to publications

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