Ben is a Lecturer in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.
Previously he was Associate Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, where he convened the Department’s postgraduate courses in Foreign Policy Analysis and Australian Foreign Policy between 2017 and 2019.
Ben’s current research explores the role of political leaders in foreign policy decision-making, especially in relation to international development policy. He is co-author, with Valerie M. Hudson, of Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory (3rd edn, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Ben is an associate of the ANU’s Development Policy Centre and was appointed as an Australian National Fellow at King’s College London in September 2019.
Prior to academia, Ben worked in the international development sector for a decade as an aid worker, a consultant, and a program manger, including three years working on health sector reform in Papua New Guinea.
The Menzies Australia Institute welcomes fellows, Professor Neil Gunningham, Dr Ben Day and Dr Michael Cohen from Australian National University (ANU).
“The Australian National University recognises the start date of my doctoral studies as 28 March 2013.
Given the government’s framing of Australia’s aid program as an investment, it is fair to evaluate its aid spending decisions on those terms.
The sun is setting rapidly on the MDG era. Only months away, at the end of September, world leaders will assemble at the United Nations in New York to agree on a shiny new set of goals to guide global development efforts to 2030.
Formula One is about serious speed, cutting-edge engineering and transformative technology. But mostly it’s about money. Like no other sport, Formula One (F1) follows the money. That’s why the F1 merry-go-round stops in Singapore this weekend.
What should be the role of the Australia Network? Should it exist at all? Just how important is it? Is it the right way for us to spread our message? And could the funds be spent better?