Nicholas Farrelly

Dr Nicholas Farrelly

Deputy Director (Impact & Engagement), Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs; Director, ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute; Director, ANU Myanmar Research Centre


BAS (Hons) (ANU), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)

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Nich Farrelly

My research stretches across the Southeast Asian region and focuses on relationships between government control, spatial organisation and political conflict. I have examined these themes across the borderlands where Myanmar rubs against India, Bangladesh and China. While studying these areas I have continued to research, write and lecture about Thailand, a country at the heart of some of my oldest academic interests. In 2006 I co-founded a website on mainland Southeast Asia called New Mandala. It offers regular analysis of social and political issues in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar, and the other countries of the region. I also write a weekly column for The Myanmar Times and still provide regular commentary for the Australian and international media on my specialist topics. Increasingly I find myself writing, teaching and advising on a broader array of issues, including security in the Asian region and the growth of new economic players.

Career highlights

University Medal in Asian Studies, ANU (2003); Rhodes Scholar, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2005-2008); Co-founder, New Mandala (2006); Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award, Royal Society for Asian Affairs (2007); Convenor, core courses in the ANU Master of Asia-Pacific Studies program (2009); Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2010 – 2011); Inaugural Convenor, Program in Peace, Conflict and War Studies, ANU (2011 – 2013); Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (awarded in 2012); ANU Director of the Pan Asia Institute, a collaboration with Indiana University (since 2013); Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre (since its establishment in 2015); Convenor of the PhB program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (since June 2015).

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