Staff profile

Professor Nick Bisley

Executive Director, La Trobe Asia

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences

SS 310, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons) Melbourne, MSc Econ (London School of Economics), PhD (London School of Economics)

Area of study

Asian Studies
International Relations

Brief profile

Nick is on secondment as Executive Director, La Trobe Asia, until December 2016.

Nick Bisley is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies. His research and teaching expertise is in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Nick is a director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific  and has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC. Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 2nd Edition (Palgrave, 2013), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012), and Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408). He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Age, The Economist, and Voice of America.

Research interests

International Relations

- Diplomacy

- Globalization

- International relations of the Asia-Pacific

- International relations of the great powers

- International security

- Regionalism

Recent publications

  • Bisley, N (2013), ‘Asia’s Emerging Strategic Landscape: Change and Continuity in the “Asian Century”’ in Griffith Asia Quarterly 1.1, pp. 1-29.
  • Beeson, M and Bisley, N (eds), 2013, Issues in 21st Century World Politics, Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Bisley, N (2013) ‘Emerging Powers and the Changing Landscape of World Politics’ in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley Issues in 21st Century World Politics 2nd edition, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 13-29.
  • Bisley, N (2012), Great Powers in the Changing International Order Lynne Rienner.
  • Bisley, N (2012) ‘Never Having to Choose: China’s Rise and Australia’s Security’ in James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (eds) Australia and China at 40 Sydney: UNSW Press, pp. 66-84.
  • Bisley, N (2012), ‘Issues in Australian Foreign Policy, July to December 2011’ in Australian Journal of Politics and History 58.2, 2012, pp. 268-82.
  • Bisley, N (2012) ‘APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’ in Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs (eds) Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 350-363.
  • Bisley, N (2012) 'China's Rise and the Making of East Asia's Security Architecture' in Journal of Contemporary China 21.73, pp. 19-34.
  • Bisley, N (2011) 'Asia's Transformation, International Relations and Public Policy' in Australian Journal of International Affairs 65.1, pp. 102-08.
  • Bisley N, (2011), 'Biding and Hiding No Longer: A More Assertive China Rattles the Region' in Global Asia 6.4, 2011, pp. 62-73.
  • Bisley, N (2010), 'Global Power Shift: The Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest?’, in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley (eds), Issues in 21st Century World Politics, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp 66-80.
  • Bisley, N (2009), Building Asia’s Security, Routledge and International Institute for Strategic Studies, Adelphi No. 408.
  • Bisley, N (2009), 'Geopolitical Shifts in Australia’s Region: Toward 2030', Security Challenges 5(1): 15-36.