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, International Theory, 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. He is currently completing a book manuscript on Ecological Security, and has commenced an ARC-funded project on comparative national approaches to climate change and security.

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 Paul Williams), Security Studies: An Introduction, 3rd ed (Routledge, 2018)
  • (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 UP, 2007).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 'After the Fires? Climate Change and Security in Australia', Australian Journal of Political Science, 55:3 (2020).
  • ‘Climate Change and Security: Towards an Ecological Security Discourse?’, International Theory, 10:2 (2018), 153-80.
  • ‘Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific: An Introduction’, Critical Studies on Security, 5:3 (2017), 237-52.
  • ‘Remembering Gallipoli: Anzac, the Great War and Australian Memory Politics’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 63:3 (2017), pp.405-17.
  • (with Lee Wilson) ‘Trouble in Paradise? Citizen Militia Groups in Bali, Indonesia’, Security Dialogue, 48:3 (2017), pp.241-58.
  • ‘Bourdieu, Environmental NGOs and Australian Climate Politics’, Environmental Politics, 25:6 (2016), pp.1058-78.
  • (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 ABC News, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Literary Review, Australian Outlook, ABC's The Drum, Insight, the Lowy Interpreter 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 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Ministry of Defence, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 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 ABC News, 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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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Williams, Paul D. and McDonald, Matt (2018). An Introduction to Security Studies. Security Studies: An Introduction. (pp. 1-13) edited by Wiliams, Paul D. and McDonald, Matt. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2018). Constructivisms. Security Studies: An Introduction. 3rd edition. (pp. 48-59) edited by Wiliams, Paul D. and McDonald, Matt. London: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2018). Ethics and critical security studies. Routledge handbook of ethics and international relations. (pp. 196-207) edited by Brent J. Steele and Eric A. Heinze. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • McDonald, Matt (2017). Ecological Security. Reflections on the posthuman in international relations: The anthropocene, security and ecology. (pp. 62-72) edited by Clara Eroukhmanhoff and Matt Harker. Bristol, United Kingdom: E-International Relations.

  • McDonald, Matt and Mitchell, Audra (2017). Introduction. Reflections on the posthuman in international relations. (pp. 1-8) edited by Clara Eroukhmanhoff and Matt Harker. Bristol, United Kingdom: E-International Relations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Holland, Jack and McDonald, Matt (2010). Australian identity, interventionism and the War on Terror. International Terrorism Post-9/11. (pp. 184-206) edited by Asaf Siniver. London & New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203852002

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

  • Jackson, Richard and McDonald, Matt (2009). Constructivism, US foreign policy and the 'war on terror'. New directions in US foreign policy. (pp. 18-31) edited by Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203878811

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

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

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

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

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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision