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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. 

Current postgraduate supervision:
Jacob Holz (PhD) 'The bodies of women: Technology and Digital Surveillance in Xinjiang' (with Dr Belinda Barnet)
Janice Woolley (MA) 'Anti-lockdown and anti-vaxx: Libertarianism, populism, and conspiracy belief as drivers of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination activism in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic' (with Dr Julie Kimber)
Afifa Kiran (MA) 'The relevance of strategic communication in the 21st century: The case of the war in Afghanistan (2001-2008)' (with Dr Sal Clark)
Nazma Khatoon (PhD) 'Feminist Approaches to Countering Girls & Women Sex Trafficking in Bangladesh' (with Associate Professor Karen Hughes and Dr Simone Buzzwell)
Nigar Kazimzade (PhD) 'Changing the Script: Language and Nation Building in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, 1991-2020' (with Associate Professor Lorenzo Veracini and Dr Kerry Ryan)
Sarah McNeill (MA) 'The Impact of Modern Warfare on Children in Conflict Zones' (with Dr Sal Clark)

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; Militarisation; Preppers; Australian Foreign Policy; US Foreign Policy; Swedish Foreign, Defence and Security Policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Critical Border Studies: Bordering practices; border politics; borders and security; borders and gender

Nordic/Scandinavian politics: Foreign and security policy; Nordic, EU and NATO relations; Social Democracy and political parties; immigration and identity; gender

Security and International Relations: Critical international security and non-traditional security; gender and security; ontological security; foreign policy and security; violence and security; drone warfare and technologies of security; neutrality and militarily non-aligned states; gender and the far-right


Available to supervise honours students.

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
  • 2024 (current): Associate Editor, International Studies Quarterly, United States
  • 2021 (current): Member, Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition, Australia
  • 2018 (current): Member, Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security Steering Group, Australia
  • 2022 - 2022: Expert Witness, Parliament of Victoria, Inquiry into extremism in Victoria , 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

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