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Professor John Fitzgerald

Emeritus Professor


John Fitzgerald is an Emeritus Professor at Swinburne University of Technology. Before joining Swinburne in 2013 John served five years as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing where he directed the Foundation's China operations. Before that, he was Head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University and before that again directed the International Centre of Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. In Canberra he served as Chair of the Education Committee of the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as co-chair of the Committee for National and International Cooperation of the Australian Research Council, and as International Secretary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was elected President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 2015 to 2017. His research focuses on territorial government and civil society in China and on Australia's Asian diasporas. His publications have won international recognition, including the Joseph Levenson Prize of the US Association for Asian Studies and the Ernest Scott Prize of the Australian Historical Association.

Research interests

China - politics and history; Philanthropy and Social Investment - Australia, USA, China, Asia; Multiculturalism - Chinese in Australia; Asian languages and studies in Australia; International relations - East Asia (China, Japan, Korea); International Development Assistance

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 430300
  • Policy And Administration - 440700
  • Political Science - 440800


  • 2008, National, Ernest Scott Prize, Australian Historical Association
  • 2003, National, Centenary of Federation Medal, Commonwealth Government
  • 1996, International, Joseph Levenson Prize, Association for Asian Studies (USA)


Also published as: Fitzgerald, John; Fitzgerald, J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2015: VRS2015: Prof. Mark Sidel *; Visiting Researcher Scheme
  • 2014: Understanding network qualities and workforce implications of collaborative governance *; Australia New Zealand School of Government
  • 2009: Truby and Florence William Charitable Trust Chair in Social investment and Philanthropy *; ANZ Trustees Truby & Florence William Charitable Trust

* Chief Investigator

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