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Dr Christine Agius

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr Christine Agius is Associate Professor 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).

Her research interests are at the intersection of IR and security studies, with a focus on gender, sovereignty, Critical Border Studies and technology and security. She is currently developing an international research network around the concept and practice of 'war preparedness' and is an Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies and on the editorial board of Global Studies Quarterly. 

With Dean Keep, she established the Identity Research Network in April 2014. Details of the IRN can be found at its Website: and on Facebook and Twitter @IDResNet 
See also the edited collection The Politics of Identity (Manchester University Press, 2018): 

Research interests

Politics; International Relations; Security Studies; European Politics; Nordic Politics; Gender; Discourse Analysis; Violence; International Relations Theory; Identity; Social Democracy; Foreign Policy; Critical Border Studies; Critical Military Studies; Technology and Security

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 - 440808
  • Defence Studies - 440804
  • Gender And Politics - 440806

Teaching areas

Politics;International Relations;Security Studies


  • 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
  • 2020 (current): Board Member, Global Studies Quarterly, United States
  • 2018 (current): Member, Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security Steering Group, Australia

Further information

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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