Professor Shahar Hameiri


School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 344 31324


I am a political economist with diverse research interests, traversing the fields of security, development and aid, governance, political geography and international relations. I am particularly interested in understanding the evolving nature of statehood and political agency under conditions of globalisation. My work focuses on Asia and the Pacific. I have written extensively on rising powers (specifically China), security governance, statebuilding, non-traditional security, risk and risk management, regional governance and Australian development and security policy. I was recently awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2021-25) to examine emerging competition over international development financing projects in Asia and the Pacific. My latest book, co-authored with Dr Lee Jones, is Fractured China: How State Transformation is Shaping China's Rise, out in 2021 with Cambridge University Press. My other books include International Intervention and Local Politics (Cambridge University, 2017), Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Regulating Statehood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). I am also co-editor of the all-new fourth edition of The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Poliltics and Uneven Development Under Hyperglobalisation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). I received my PhD from the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University in 2009. I tweet @ShaharHameiri.

Research Interests

  • Security governance, with a focus on the Asia Pacific
  • Rising Powers
  • Non-traditional security
  • State transformation and new modes of governance
  • Statebuilding and peacebuilding interventions
  • The politics of risk management

Research Impacts

I have been a regular contributor to the print, broadcast and electronic media in areas relating to my expertise.

I have also co-authored policy papers, most recently with Dr Lee Jones for Chatham House, debunking the myth that China startegically ensnares recipients of its development financing in a 'debt-trap' to enhance China's geopolitical objectives.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Murdoch University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Jones, Lee and Hameiri, Shahar (2023). Heterarchy and state transformation. Heterarchy in world politics. (pp. 67-79) edited by Philip G. Cerny. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003352617-7

  • Hameiri, Shahar and Jones, Lee (2022). Globalization, state transformation and global governance. Handbook on Governance and Development. (pp. 64-77) Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781789908756.00014

  • Jones, Lee and Hameiri, Shahar (2020). Southeast Asian regional governance: political economy, regulatory regionalism and ASEAN integration. The political economy of Southeast Asia: politics and uneven development under hyperglobalisation. (pp. 199-224) edited by Toby Carroll, Shahar Hameiri and Lee Jones. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-28255-4_8

  • Hameiri, Shahar and Jones, Lee (2020). Theorising political economy in Southeast Asia. The political economy of Southeast Asia: politics and uneven development under hyperglobalisation. (pp. 3-34) edited by Toby Carroll, Shahar Hameiri and Lee Jones. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-28255-4_1

  • Hameiri, Shahar and Scarpello, Fabio (2019). International statebuilding interventions and the politics of scale. Handbook on intervention and statebuilding. (pp. 61-70) edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hebert. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781788116237.00013

  • Hameiri, Shahar and Jones, Lee (2018). Against hybridity in the study of peacebuilding and statebuilding. Hybridity on the ground in peacebuilding and development: critical conversations. (pp. 99-112) edited by Joanne Wallis, Lia Kent, Miranda Forsyth , Sinclair Dinnen and Srinjoy Bose. Acton, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/hgpd.03.2018.06

  • Beeson, Mark and Hameiri, Shahar (2016). Australian foreign policy and the new world disorder. Navigating the new international disorder: Australia in world affairs 2011-15. (pp. 1-18) edited by Mark Beeson and Shahar Hameiri. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hameiri, Shahar (2014). State-building and primitive accumulation in Solomon Islands: the unintended consequences of risk mitigation at the frontiers of global capitalist expansion. The politics of marketising Asia. (pp. 101-117) edited by Toby Carroll and Darryl S. L. Jarvis. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137001672_5

  • Hameiri, Shahar (2013). Regulatory statebuilding and the transformation of the state. Routledge handbook of international statebuilding. (pp. 52-63) edited by David Chandler and Timothy D. Sisk. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203370377.ch5

  • Hameiri, Shahar and Jayasuriya, Kanishka (2012). Regulatory regionalism in Asia. Routledge handbook of Asian regionalism. (pp. 177-185) Abingdon, Oxon, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203803608.ch14

  • Hameiri, Shahar (2011). A reality check for the critique of the liberal peace. A liberal peace? The problems and practices of peacebuilding. (pp. 191-208) edited by Susanna Campbell, David Chandler and Meera Sabaratnam. London, United Kingdom: Zed Books.

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Edited Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision