Associate Professor Matt McDonald

Associate Professor

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
matt.mcdonald@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53042

Overview

Reader in International Relations

Matt McDonald joined the School of Political Science and International Studies in January 2010. After completing his PhD at UQ in 2003, Matt held lectureship posts in international relations at the University of New South Wales and the University of Birmingham (UK), and was Associate Professor in International Security at the University of Warwick (UK). His research focuses on critical theoretical approaches to security and their application to issues such as environmental change, Australian foreign and security policy, climate politics and Asia-Pacific security dynamics. He has published on these themes in journals such as European Journal of International Relations, Political Geography, Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology and Australian Journal of Political Science. He is the author of Security, the Environment and Emancipation (Routledge 2012) and (with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo) Ethics and Global Security (Routledge 2014). He is co-editor of Australian Journal of Politics and History.

Selected Publications

Books (Authored)

  • (with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo), Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (Routledge, 2014)
  • Security, the Environment and Emancipation: Contestation over Environmental Change (Routledge, 2012).

Edited Volumes

  • (with Mark Beeson), The Politics of Climate Change in Australia. Special Issue of Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59:3 (2013).
  • (with Tim Dunne), The Politics of Liberal Internationalism, Special Issue of International Politics, 50:1 (2013).
  • (with Anthony Burke), Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2007).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • (with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo) 'Ethics and Global Security', Journal of Global Security Studies,1:1 (2016), pp. 64-79
  • 'Australian Foreign Policy under the Abbott Government: Foreign Policy as Domestic Politics?' Australian Journal of International Affairs 69:6 (2015), pp 651-669.
  • ‘Discourses of Climate Security’, Political Geography, 33 (2013), pp.43-51.
  • (with Christopher S. Browning),‘The Future of Critical Security Studies: Ethics and the Politics of Security’, European Journal of International Relations 19:2 (2013), pp.235-55.
  • 'The Failed Securitization of Climate Change in Australia’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 47:4 (2012), pp.579-92.
  • ‘Lest we Forget: The Politics of Memory and Australian Military Intervention’, International Political Sociology, 4:3 (2010), pp.287-302.
  • 'Securitization and the Construction of Security', European Journal of International Relations, 14:4 (2008), pp.563-87.
  • (with Katharine Gelber) ‘Ethics and Exclusion: Representations of Sovereignty in Australia’s Approach to Asylum-Seekers’, Review of International Studies, 32:2 (2006), pp.269-89.
  • ‘Fair Weather Friend? Australia’s Approach to Global Climate Change’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51:2 (2005), pp. 216-34.
  • ‘Human Security and the Construction of Security’, Global Society, 16:3 (2002), pp. 277-95.

Media

Matt has been interviewed on television and radio, and has contributed opinion editorials to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Literary Review, Australian Outlook, ABC's The Drum, Insight and is a regular contributor to The Conversation. For his recent articles in The Conversation, see here: https://www.theconversation.com/profiles/matt-mcdonald-12655/articles

Research Interests

  • The relationship between security and environmental change
  • Australian foreign and security policy
  • The politics of climate change in Australia
  • Critical approaches to security

Research Impacts

On climate change, and in particular its relationship to security, Matt has acted as a consultant for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and prominent public policy thinktanks such as the Royal United Services Institute (UK), and his work has been cited in publications by representatives of UK's Department for International Development (Harris 2012). He has been a member of Australia's stakeholder briefing group for the UNFCCC climate change talks. He has also worked with policy-makers, industry groups and NGO representatives in communicating research work on the politics of climate change in Australia. He hosted a dedicated interdisciplinary workshop on this theme at UQ in 2012.

Matt has contributed to broader public debate on issues relating to climate change and Australian foreign policy through media work, in particular opinion editorial publications in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Literary Review, ABC's The Drum, The Conversation and the Lowy Interpreter. And he has been invited to present his research in Australia and beyond: a combination of seminars and public lectures at leading institutions in Australia (ANU, Sydney, UNSW, Griffith), the UK (Warwick, St Andrews, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Queen Mary, Leeds, Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Leicester) and mainland Europe (Copenhagen, Sciences Po Paris, Geneva, Hamburg).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of International Relations & Asain Politics, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • McDonald, Matt (2016). Australia and Global Climate Change. In Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne (Ed.), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases 3rd ed. (pp. 394-410) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • McDonald, Matt (2016). Whose security? Ethics and the referent. In Anthony Burke and Jonna Nyman (Ed.), Ethical security studies: a new research agenda (pp. 32-45) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Eckersley, Robyn and McDonald, Matt (2014). Australia and climate change. In Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr and Anthony Langlois (Ed.), Australian foreign policy : controversies and debates (pp. 230-251) South Melboure, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Jackson, Richard and McDonald, Matt (2014). Constructivism, US foreign policy, and counterterrorism. In Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge (Ed.), Obama and the world : new directions in US foreign policy 2nd ed. (pp. 15-28) New York, NY United States: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2014). Contesting border security: emancipation and asylum in the Australian context. In Thierry Balzacq (Ed.), Contesting Security: Strategies and logics (pp. 154-168) Abington, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2012). Australia and global climate change. In Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne (Ed.), Foreign policy: theories, actors, cases 2nd ed. (pp. 384-399) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • McDonald, Matt (2012). Human security and the politics of security. In Dennis Altman, Joseph A. Camilleri, Robyn Eckersley and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (Ed.), Why human security matters (pp. 107-126) Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

  • Holland, Jack and McDonald, Matt (2010). Australian identity, interventionism and the War on Terror. In Asaf Siniver (Ed.), International Terrorism Post-9/11 (pp. 184-206) London & New York: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2010). The environment and global security. In Pinar Bilgin and Paul D. Williams (Ed.), Global security and international political economy (pp. 283-305) Oxford, U.K.: UNESCO; EOLSS Publishers.

  • Jackson, Richard and McDonald, Matt (2009). Constructivism, US foreign policy and the 'war on terror'. In Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge (Ed.), New directions in US foreign policy (pp. 18-31) London: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2009). Emancipation and critical terrorism studies. In Richard Jackson, Marie Breen Smyth and Jeroen Gunning (Ed.), Critical Terrorism Studies: A New Research Agenda (pp. 109-123) London: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2008). Constructivism. In Paul D. Williams (Ed.), Security studies: An introduction (pp. 59-72) Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2008). Global security after September 11 2001. In Simon Carter, Tim Jordan and Sophie Watson (Ed.), Security: Sociology and Social Worlds (pp. 47-80) Manchester: Manchester University Press.

  • Burke, Anthony and McDonald, Matt (2007). Introduction: Asia-Pacific security legacies and futures. In Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald (Ed.), Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 1-9) Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press.

  • McDonald, Matt (2007). US Hegemony, the War on Terror and the Asia-Pacific. In Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald (Ed.), Critical security in the Asia Pacific (pp. 198-211) Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision