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I am Associate Professor in the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University, and Deputy Director (Research) in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Through a Westpac Research Fellowship and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship, I currently lead a team researching China's role in shaping the international economic order.

My book, China-Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), explains how and why Japan became China’s most important economic partner in the aftermath of major war, and at a time when the two countries were still Cold War opponents. The book is based on hundreds of declassified documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive, gathered during fieldwork in China between 2008 and 2012.

I received my D.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar. My doctoral thesis was awarded Oxford's 2013 Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize, and in 2017 I won the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia's Paul Bourke Award for an early career researcher who has attained outstanding achievements in the social sciences. I completed my M.Phil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and B.A. Hons (First Class) in International Studies and B.Bus in International Business at the University of South Australia.

I have undertaken intensive language study and fieldwork in China, Japan and Taiwan over the past 15 years, and engage regularly with the Australian policy community on issues of contemporary foreign and security policy.

For more information about my research, publications, and areas of research supervision (PhD, Masters and Honours students) please visit my personal website.

Research interests

My research contributes to three strands of scholarship, united by a focus on ideas in International Relations:

  • China-Japan relations (historical and contemporary)
  • China and the international economic order
  • The Economics-Security Nexus

For more information about my research, publications, and areas of research supervision (PhD, Masters and Honours students), please visit my personal website.


BA (Hons I), BBus (South Australia); M.Phil (Oxon), D.Phil (Oxon)


Researcher's projects

China's Economic Ideas: From Bretton Woods to Bandung

Funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2017-2021), this project examines China's role in shaping the post-WWII international economic order. It explores the mutual constitution of Chinese and international economic ordering ideas, from the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 to the Bandung conference in 1955.

How China Shapes the International Economic Order

With the support of a Westpac Research Fellowship (2017-2021), this project examines the economic ideas and strategies underpinning 21st century Chinese initiatives like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Strategic Policy for the Asia-Pacific in Transition

A suite of four Executive Education short (5-day) courses designed exclusively for the Australian Department of Defence, delivered by leading ANU scholars:

(1) Strategic Policy for the Asia-Pacific (Goh)

(2) Strategic Diplomacy in Asia (Prantl & Goh)

(3) Chinese Security Policy-making (King)

(4) Crises and Conflicts in Contested Asia (Taylor)

(2), (3), (4) each includes a simulation tailored for Australian Defence officials and issues.

The suite is based on in-depth academic research expertise, recent scholarly publications, and prior graduate teaching experience by the specially selected team members. Subjects were developed in consultation with SP and a range of Defence stakeholders.

Expertise Areas

  • International Relations of East Asia
  • China-Japan relations (historical and contemporary)
  • Chinese foreign and security policy
  • Cold War history


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