Dr Benjamin

Dr Benjamin Habib

Lecturer in International Relations

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Politics and Philosophy

Social Sciences Building Room 321, Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (Flinders), 2011; BA (Hons), Flinders; BA International Studies, University of South Australia, 2003.



Area of study

Asian Studies
International Relations
Sustainability and development

Brief profile

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current research interest in intersections between grassroots sustainability and regeneration projects, environmental movements and international climate politics. Previously he as researched the political economy of North Korea’s nuclear program and Northeast Asian security.

Ben has completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne and is now a contributing facilitator within the CERES PDC program, focusing on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems.Ben was a board member of OASES Graduate School in Melbourne and is an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation.  He has worked previously for Flinders University, the University of South Australia, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and has spent time teaching English in Dandong, China. 

Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, after graduating with a B. Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and a B. Arts from the University of South Australia.  He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.

Research interests

Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific

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- East Asian security

- North Korea

International Relations

- Grassroots sustainability projects, environment movements and international climate politics

Teaching units

  • POL3IPC – International Politics of Climate Change.
  • POL2CPA - Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia.
  • POL2GEP - Global Environmental Politics.
  • POL5CJI - International Security in the Asia-Pacific.
  • POL3ESC - Environment and Sustainability in East Asia Study Tour

Recent publications

Ben has published extensively in his fields of interest in high level international journals, including Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, The Pacific Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Energy Policy.  He has also contributed pieces for professional publications including The Conversation, e-International Relations, and Sino:NK, The Diplomat, Asian Currents, and MUNPlanet.

For a full list of Ben's publications, see: https://drbenjaminhabib.wordpress.com/pubs/