Lauren Richardson

Dr Lauren Richardson



PhD (ANU), LL.M (Keio), MA, BA (Monash)

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Lauren Richardson

Lauren Richardson is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in shaping diplomatic interactions in Northeast Asia, particularly Japan-Korea relations. Her publications have focused on the South Korean anti-nuclear movement; the role of Buddhists in Sino-Japanese rapprochement (with G A. Scott);Japan’s evolving defence posture; and the ascension of “comfort women” in South Korean memory of Japanese imperialism (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled Reshaping Japan-Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress.

Dr Richardson obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian Studies from Monash University and spent several years studying Japanese and Korean language as part of these programs. She then completed a Master’s in Political Science at Keio University in Tokyo, where she wrote a dissertation in Japanese on the “history problems” in Japan-ROK relations. Her PhD at ANU entailed one year of field work in both Japan and South Korea. She has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University, a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Award (2011), and a participant in the US-Korea NextGen Scholars Program (2015-16) and the German Marshall Fund’s Young Strategist Forum (2019). She is currently a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (AUS-CSCAP) and a Board Member of the ANU Korea Institute.


The Role of Non-State Actors in East Asian Politics DIPL8012, Instructor & Convenor, Postgraduate

Research Thesis DIPL8011, Convenor, Postgraduate

Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy DIPL8002, Convenor, Postgraduate

Leadership and Diplomacy DIPL2000, Co-Convenor (with Geoffrey Wiseman), Undergraduate

Japan Update 2019

Changing immigration stance in focus at 2019 Japan Update

Japan’s rethink on immigration in the face of an impending labour force crisis was in the spotlight at The Australian National University’s annual Japan Update on Wednesday 4 September.

Australia 360

Australia 360 – exploring the big issues that confront us

Young leaders and professionals gathered with leading researchers, thinkers and practitioners in the majestic Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia on Wed 21 August to take a closer look

Photo credit: US Department of Defense

Alliances Adrift: Is this the end of America’s Asian alliances?

America’s network of Asian alliances (often also referred to as the ‘San Francisco System’) has defied most theoretical expectations by surviving in the absence of a common external threat long aft

Should Shinzo Abe happen to meet Kim Jong-un

If Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not come to the table with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and attempt to resolve the abduction problem once again, he will likely become increasingly marginalised from regional denuclearisation efforts, writes Lauren Richardson.

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