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Dr Christine Agius

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia


Christine Agius is Senior Lecturer in Politics and IR, with a specialism in Security Studies. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in International Relations and Security from the University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining Swinburne, she held lecturing posts at universities in the UK (Salford, Lancaster, Edinburgh, and Liverpool John Moores). With Dean Keep, she established the Identity Research Network in April 2014. Website: and Twitter: Follow me on

Research interests

Politics; International Relations; Security Studies; European Politics; Nordic Politics; Gender; Discourse Analysis; Violence; International Relations Theory; Identity; Social Democracy; Foreign Policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Gender: masculinism, the politics of protection gender and security gender and foreign policy

International Relations and Security: IR theory, particularly post-structuralist, critical and discursive approaches Non-traditional security Security and questions of identity Violence in the international system, broadly conceived.

Nordic/Scandinavian politics: Foreign and security policy Immigration policy Social democracy and social democratic theory Relations with the European Union, NATO and other organisations Internationalism Gender Globalisation Identity.

Security: drone warfare military, states, gender militarily non-aligned states

The Politics of Identity: Identity, particularly the intersection between identity and security (national identity; foreign policy; subjectivity; performative aspects of security and identity; problematising identity)


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Honours Supervision: I welcome supervision on the following topics:international security international relations theory and security studiesidentitygenderBorder studies

Fields of Research

  • International Relations - 160607

Teaching areas



  • 2019, Swinburne, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Researcher, Swinburne
  • 2019, National, APSA Workshop Grant ($14,860), Australian Political Studies Association
  • 2018, Swinburne, VC Inclusion & Diversity Award Swinburne Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) leadership team: Carolyn Beasley, Jennifer Baudry, Christine Thong, Flavia Marcello, Christine Agius, Zhenwai Cao, Narelle Lemon, Simone Taff, Chrystal Zhang, Georgia Keam) ), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, International, Funding for conference attendance International Society of Political Psychology, San Diego, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2014, Swinburne, Research Development Grant Scheme, Swinburne
  • 2014, International, International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, International Studies Association
  • 2012, Swinburne, Small Research Grant, Swinburne Institute of Social Research
  • 2012, International, International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, International Studies Association
  • 2009, International, International Conference Fund, University of Salford, UK
  • 2008, International, International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, International Studies Association
  • 2007, International, Small Research Grant, British Academy, UK
  • 2007, International, Overseas Conference Travel Grant, British Academy, UK
  • 2006, International, VC Scholarship, University of Salford, UK
  • 2006, International, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2006, International, International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, International Studies Association
  • 2006, International, International Conference Fund, University of Salford, UK
  • 2006, International, Salford Merit Award, University of Salford, UK
  • 2002, International, Small Research Grant, Lancaster University, UK
  • 1997, National, Travel Grant-in-Aid, University of Melbourne
  • 1997, International, Norman Chester Fund, University of Manchester, UK

Professional memberships

  • 2019 (current): Associate Editor, Critical Military Studies, United Kingdom

Further information



Also published as: Agius, Christine; Agius, C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: War Preparedness: Between Militarism, Politics and Interdisciplinary *; International Studies Association
  • 2019: Mapping right-wing extremism in Victoria and applying a gender lens to develop prevention and deradicalisation approaches *; Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • 2019: Measuring Collective Impact of Sport Policy on the Sustainable Development Goals *; Commonwealth Secretariat

* Chief Investigator