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Dr Danielle Chubb



Senior Lecturer in International Relations


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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


Danielle joined Deakin in 2012, after working 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. Danielle completed her PhD at The Australian National University, in the College of Asia and the Pacific. 

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. 

Danielle's most recent publication is a Cambridge University Press volume edited with Andrew I. Yeo (Catholic University of America in Washington DC). The volume, North Korean human rights: activists and networks, examines transnational advocacy over the north korean human rights issue. The volume is currently in press (ISBN: 9781108425490). 

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. 

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Research interests

Danielle's research interests are in constructivist and critical International Relations and security studies, transnational activism, 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 and she has a co-edited volume on North Korean human rights activism forthcoming with Cambridge University press

Current projects

North Korean human rights: activists, networks and mechanisms

My core research interests are in the interplay between activists and policymakers, particularly when it comes to security issues traditionally considered the realm of traditional IR. This theme is consistent in my work, from my PhD dissertation onwards.

I have recently been involved, as co-Principal investigator, on a Korea Foundation funded two-year project that examined 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 built on the authors' previous work into this under-examined social movement and discourse. An edited volume with Cambridge University Press (North Korean human rights: activists and networks) is forthcoming.

Following the 2017 completion of this project, I am currently developing a project that builds on previous findings into North Korean human rights activism. With the North Korean human rights issue now firmly established on the agenda of the United Nations, the US, Japan and South Korea, this project examines responses by both state and non-state actors to resolving the human rights crisis in North Korea, and interrogates the increasingly blurred lines between human rights and security policies at the national, transnational and international level.


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. 


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?


International Studies Association

Australian Political Science Association

Units taught

In 2017, Danielle is Unit Chair and Lecturer for

AIR348 - Beyond Borders: Transnational activism in world politics (T1)

AIR102 - War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses (T2)

Knowledge areas

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

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

Research groups

Danielle is a founding member of Deakin's Politics and International Studies (POLIS) research network. For updates on the group's activities, follow us on twitter:

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


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Human rights, nuclear security and the question of engagement with North Korea

D Chubb, A Yeo

(2019), Vol. 73, pp. 227-233, Australian journal of international affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Adaptive activism: transnational advocacy networks and the case of North Korea

Danielle Chubb, Andrew Yeo

(2018), pp. 1-28, North Korean human rights: activists and networks, Cambridge, Eng., B1


The politics of networking behind the public face of the transnational North Korean human rights movement

D Chubb

(2018), pp. 177-199, North Korean human rights : activists and networks, Cambridge, Eng., B1


Conclusion: the contentious terrain of north Korean human rights activism

D Chubb, Andrew Yeo

(2018), pp. 272-291, North Korean human rights: activists and networks, Cambridge, Eng., B1


Issues in Australian foreign policy: July to December 2016

D Chubb

(2017), Vol. 63, pp. 270-283, Australian journal of politics and history, London, Eng., C1


A nuclear North Korea and the limitations of US security perspectives

D Chubb

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 317-332, Critical Studies on Security, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Civil society, democracy and the state in South Korea: a critical dialogue

D Chubb, H Joon Kim

(2016), Vol. 51, pp. 163-176, Australian journal of political science, Abingdon, Eng., C1


North Korean human rights and the international community: responding to the UN Commission of Inquiry

D Chubb

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 51-72, Asia-Pacific journal of human rights and the law, The Hague, The Netherlands, C1


Just another regional superpower? a cautious south korea watches India's rise

D Chubb

(2015), pp. 66-78, Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India's Rise Beyond the West, B1


Just Another Regional Superpower? A Cautious South Korea Watches India's Rise

D Chubb

(2015), pp. 66-78, Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India's Rise Beyond the West, B1


Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations

D Chubb

(2014), New York, N.Y., A1


Statist nationalism and South Korea's national security law

D Chubb

(2014), pp. 1-, Patriotism in East Asia, Abingdon, England, B1


North Korean defector activism and the South Korean politics

D Chubb

(2013), pp. 87-102, De-bordering Korea: tangible and intangible legacies of the Sunshine policy, New York, N.Y., B1


Acting alone to act together: diversifying approaches to North Korea

D Chubb

(2013), Vol. 15, pp. 43-59, New Zealand journal of asian studies, Christchurch, New Zealand, C1


Le combat des activistes nord-corens en Core du Sud

D Chubb

(2010), Vol. 49, pp. 37-51, Critique Internationale, C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

The Evolution of North Korean Human Rights Discourse and Activism: Domestic and Transnational Dimensions

Dr Danielle Chubb

  • 2015: $25,574

China and Human Rights in North Korea: Part of the Problem or a Partial Solution?

Prof Baogang He, A/Prof Chengxin Pan, A/Prof David Hundt, Dr Danielle Chubb

  • 2019: $29,090


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