Professor Tim Dunne

Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Affiliate Academic

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
tim.dunne@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69888

Overview

Areas of responsibility

The duties of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor fall broadly into four areas of activity. As the standing deputy to Professor Aidan Byrne, UQ’s Provost and Senior Vice-President, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor acts for him and takes carriage of initiatives led by his Office. A second dimension to the role relates to strategy and planning. The PVC is the academic lead in relation to the activities of the Planning and Business Intelligence team: a priority in this area is to develop data analytics to assist decision-makers in aligning their organisational units’ priorities with the overall strategy of the University. Another dimension to the role is connected to people and culture. The PVC is the relevant senior executive for matters relating to staffing and employee relations, including leading enterprise bargaining, staff development, and staff conduct and performance: related, developing and shaping policies and procedures that promote excellence, enhance capability, value diversity, and improve the culture of UQ as a place to work. The final area of activity relates to his Chair of two Boards: UQ Art Museum and the University of Queensland Press, providing the PVC with an opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement. The position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor reports to the Provost and is a member of the University’s Executive, Senior Management Group, and Academic Board.

Biography

Tim brings to the role 25 years of experience as researcher, educator and academic leader. His most recent appointment was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ). Tim was the first Dean of the new Faculty after its inauguration in 2014; under his leadership, the Faculty has established itself as among the very best in Australia and competitive internationally across many disciplinary areas. Prior to his four-year term as Dean, Tim was the Director of UQ’s Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect as well as Professor of International Relations in the School of Political Science (which has remained his substantive position since he joined UQ in 2010). He had previously held discipline and faculty-level leadership roles at the University of Exeter (UK). Tim began his career at Aberystwyth University in Wales, which is famous for having the oldest and one of the best departments of International Relations in the world. His graduate training was at the University of Oxford where he won a national prize for his PhD. He is recognised for his research on human rights protection and foreign policy-making in a changing world order. He has written and co-edited thirteen books, including Human Rights in World Politics (1999), Worlds in Collision (2002), and Terror in our Time (2012). Recently he has collaborated with colleagues in the School of Political Science and International Studies to produced two edited volumes: The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (2016) co-edited with Alex Bellamy, and The Globalization of International Society (2017) co-edited with Christian Reus-Smit – this book has received two prizes from different sections of the International Studies Association.

In 2019 he was involved in the publication of the edited classic Diplomatic Investigations: Essays in the Theory of International Politics; the new edition has been put together with Ian Hall at Griffith University. Additionally, he is working with his political science colleague at UQ, Richard Devetak, on an innovative and multi-disciplinary project called ‘The Rise of the International’. Tim continues to co-teach a popular Master’s course on ‘humanitarian emergencies’. In recognition of his scholarly contribution, Tim was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Human rights, Human Protection and the Responsibility to Protect
    Tim's research seeks to bridge normative theory and foreign policy. Recent research has focused on the development of the responsibility to protect norm. From 2010 to 2014, Tim was Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (at UQ). Many publications flowed from this period, including the publication of The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (co-edited with Alex Bellamy), published in 2016. Other outputs in this area include collaborations with many UQ staff (and former PhD students), including Richard Devetak, Charles Hunt, Jess Gifkins, Jocelyn Vaughan, Eglantine Staunton, and Katharine Gelber.
  • The Globalisation of International Society
    With Chris Reus-Smit, in the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), Tim completed a project on The Globalization of International Society which was published by Oxford University Press in February 2017. The project was assisted by two funded workshops, one by the Academy of the Social Sciences Australia, the other by the International Studies Association. Contributors to the book include: Mark Beeson and Stephen Bell, Barry Buzan, Ian Clark, Neta Crawford, Richard Devetak and Emily Tannock, Lene Hansen, Hun Joon Kim, Paul Keal, Audie Klotz, Jacinta O’Hagan, Andrew Phillips, Heather Rae, Gerry Simpson, Hendrik Spruytt, Sarah Teitt, Ann Towns, Jennifer Welsh and Yongjin Zhang. The book has been awarded two prizes from different sections of the International Studies Association.
  • International Terrorism and World Order
    With Ken Booth, Tim has written and edited two books (2002, 2012) that examine how far 9/11 changed the configuration of world order. Rather than viewing terrorism in a reductive manner, commonly found in the terrorism studies literature, my work in this area has focused on the systemic character of international terrorism.
  • International Relations Theory
    Tim's early research has advanced the claim – now widely accepted – that the study of international society constitutes a distinct perspective in the field (see his 1998 book). He continues to write about how the normative order has evolved, and particularly, the impact of the decline of American power on the liberal project. This theme was explored in the Oxford University Press book on Liberal World Orders (2015) that was co-edited with Trine Flockhart. The fifth edition of the bestselling Oxford textbook on International Relations Theory (co-edited with Steve Smith and Milja Kurki) will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
  • Foreign Policy
    Tim has also edited a multi-edition textbook on Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases. Co-editors on the project are Steve Smith and Amelia Hadfield. It is now in its 3rd edition (2016) and is published by Oxford University Press.

Research Impacts

I try to have an impact through education and by influencing students, one mind at a time. As Nelson Mandela famously argued, education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world.

In terms of research impact, I have always been drawn to 'theory' as I believe our ways of seeing frame (and limit) our ways of doing. Or to put it another way, as Keynes did, all economists are slaves to one or other ideology. So the first question for every political intervention is 'how should we think about the issue or challenge?' And the first answer has to be contextual; all truths and realities have a history.' The other impact that research should have his that it needs to guide action. That is why I have been drawn to human rights and human protection issues in order to theorise the possibility of widening moral sensibilities despite the spectre of sovereignty and self-interest.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.
  • Master of Philosophy, Oxf.

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Book

Book Chapter

  • Dunne, Tim (2018). Ethical foreign policy in a multipolar world. The Oxford handbook of international political theory. (pp. 495-507) edited by Brown, Chris and Eckersley, Robyn. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198746928.013.36

  • Dunne, Tim and Reus-Smit, Christian (2017). Conclusion. The globalization of international society. (pp. 425-432) edited by Tim Dunne and Christian Reus-Smit. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Reus-Smith, Christian and Dunne, Tim (2017). Introduction. The globalization of international society. (pp. 3-17) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Reus-Smit, Christian and Dunne, Tim (2017). The globalization of international society. The globalization of international society. (pp. 18-40) edited by Tim Dunne and Christian Reus-Smit. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Hanson, Marianne and Dunne, Tim (2016). Human rights and international relations. Human rights: politics and practice. (pp. 44-59) edited by Michael Goodhart. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim and Staunton, Eglantine (2016). The Genocide Convention and Cold War humanitarian intervention. The Oxford handbook of the responsibility to protect. (pp. 38-55) edited by Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198753841.001.0001

  • Dunne, Tim and Gelber, Katharine (2015). Argumentation and the responsibility to protect: the case of Libya. Human rights protection in global politics: responsibilities of states and non-state actors. (pp. 288-308) edited by Kurt Mills and David Jason Karp. Basingtoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Dunne, Tim (2015). The responsibility to protect and world order. Theorising the responsibility to protect. (pp. 81-100) edited by Ramesh Thakur and William Maley. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139644518.005

  • Dunne, Tim and Langlois, Anthony J. (2014). Good international citizenship. Australian foreign policy : controversies and debates. (pp. 211-229) edited by Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr and Anthony Langlois. South Melboure, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim and Little, Richard (2014). The international system - international society distinction. Guide to the English school in international studies. (pp. 91-107) Oxford, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Son. doi: 10.1002/9781118624722.ch6

  • Dunne, Tim and Hanson, Marianne (2013). Human rights in international relations. Human rights: politics and practice. (pp. 42-57) edited by Michael Goodhart. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim (2013). Internationalism and interventionism. Liberal World Orders. (pp. 231-246) edited by Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265529.003.0013

  • Dunne, Tim, Flockhart, Trine and Koivisto, Marjo (2013). Introduction: liberal world order. Liberal World Orders. (pp. 1-22) edited by Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265529.003.0001

  • Dunne, Tim (2013). The English school. International relations theories: discipline and diversity. (pp. 132-152) edited by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Wheeler, Nicholas J. and Dunne, Tim (2012). Operationalising protective intervention: alternative models of authorisation. The Routledge handbook of the responsibility to protect. (pp. 87-102) edited by W. Andy Wright and Frazer Egerton. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Dunne, Tim (2011). The English School. Oxford handbook of political science. (pp. 730-747) edited by Robert E. Godwin. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim (2010). The English school. International relations theories: Discipline and diversity. (pp. 135-156) edited by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Hanson, Marianne and Dunne, Tim (2009). Human rights in international relations. Human rights : Politics and practice. (pp. 59-74) edited by Michael Goodhart. Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim (2008). Britain and the gathering storm over Iraq. Foreign policy: Theories, actors, cases. (pp. 339-357) edited by Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim and Stansfield, Gareth (2008). Realist and reflectivist perspectives on international relations and the US "War on Terror". America's "War on Terrorism": New dimensions in U.S. government and national security. (pp. 139-158) edited by John E. Owens and John Dumbrell. Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Lexington Books.

  • Dunne, Tim (2008). The English school. The Oxford handbook of international relations. (pp. 267-285) edited by Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim (2007). The English school. International relations theories: discipline and diversity. (pp. 127-147) edited by Timothy Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, Tim (2005). Global governance: an English school perspective. Contending perspectives on global governance: Coherence, contestation and world order. (pp. 72-87) edited by Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann. London, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Devetak, Richard and Dunne, Tim (2005). Order. Encyclopedia of international relations and global politics. (pp. 613-622) edited by Martin Griffiths. London: Routledge.

  • Dunne, Tim (2005). Terrorism. Issues in world politics. (pp. 257-273) edited by Brian White, Richard Little and Michael Smith. New York, NY, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Dunne, Tim (2005). The new agenda. International society and its critics. (pp. 65-79) edited by Alex J. Bellamy. Melbourne, Australia; Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Dunne, T., Hill, C. and Hanson, M. J. (2001). The new humanitarian interventionism. International Relations in the New Century. (pp. 93-116) edited by Hanson, M, Tow and W. Victoria, Aust.: Oxford Uni Press.

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