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Professor Michael Leach

Professor of Politics and International Relations


Michael Leach is a Professor in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Education and Social Sciences. He teaches in Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Pacific. His research interests include nation-building in the Asia-Pacific, the politics of Timor-Leste, the Politics of Melanesian & Pacific nations, and comparative immigration and asylum policy. Michael is also an Australian legal practitioner, and officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has previously taught in politics at Deakin University, at the University of Queensland, and South Thames College in London.

Research interests

Politics of East Timor; Politics of Melanesia (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, PNG, New Caledonia); Refugee and Immigration Policy; Temporary Protection Visas; Anti-immigration movements (eg One Nation)

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Comparative Government And Politics - 160603
  • Historical Studies - 210300