Benjamin Day

Dr Benjamin Day



BEcon/BA (UQ), MIS (UQ), PhD (ANU)

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Dr Benjamin Day

Ben is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Previously 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.


Ben teaches the graduate courses Negotiation and Conflict Resolution DIPL8004/DIPL8044 (Semester 1, 2020) and Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development DIPL8010 (Smester 2, 2020).

Ben Day heads to King's College as an Australian National Fellow

The Menzies Australia Institute welcomes fellows, Professor Neil Gunningham, Dr Ben Day and Dr Michael Cohen from Australian National University (ANU).

Paying attention to aid

“The Australian National University recognises the start date of my doctoral studies as 28 March 2013.

Image courtesy of Flickr, creative commons, Trust for Africas Orphans

Ideas for Australia: Sold short – Australia’s aid cuts have foreign policy consequences

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.

Image courtesy of Flickr, creative commons, CARE Australia/Laura Hill

The Sustainable Development Goals: Team bumblebee or team chimera?

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.

Image: Singapore-GP-Image-by-chensiyuan

The Singapore Grand Prix and soft power

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.

Image courtesy of Flickr, creative commons, Eva Rinaldi

Lost in transmission: The Australia Network, soft power and diplomacy

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?

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