Associate Professor Morgan Brigg

Associate Professor

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Associate Professor

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69986


Morgan Brigg blends theory and practice in examining the interplay of culture, governance and selfhood in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, governance, and international development. He worked in conflict resolution and mediation prior to his academic career, and he continues to practice as a nationally accredited mediator and facilitator. His research develops ways of knowing and working across cultural difference which draw upon Indigenous approaches to political community. Current projects examine ways of recuperating Indigenous forms of governance and conflict resolution, and the promise of ideas of relationality for making the field of conflict resolution a genuinely global endeavour.


Single-Authored Books

The New Politics of Conflict Resolution: Responding to Difference, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, (2008).

Edited Volumes

Mediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (with Roland Bleiker), Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, (2011).

Unsettling the Settler State: Creativity and Resistance in Indigenous-Settler State Governance (with Sarah Maddison), Sydney: Federation Press, (2011).

Autoethnographic International Relations, Forum in the Review of International Studies, Vol 36 No 3 and 4, 2010 (with Roland Bleiker)

Journal Articles

"Relational and Essential: Theorising Difference for Peacebuilding", Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2018.1482078 (2018)

"Beyond the thrall of the state: governance as a relational-affective effect in Solomon Islands", Cooperation and Conflict. 53, 2 doi:10.1177/0010836718769096 (2018)

Humanitarian symbolic exchange: extending Responsibility to Protect through individual and local engagement. Third World Quarterly, . doi:10.1080/01436597.2017.1396534 (2017)

(with Jodie Curth-Bibb) "Recalibrating intercultural governance in Australian Indigenous organisations: the case of Aboriginal community controlled health", Australian Journal of Political Science, doi:10.1080/10361146.2017.1281379 (2017)

"Beyond accommodation: The cultural politics of recognition and relationality in dispute resolution." Australian Journal of Family Law 29 (3, Religion, culture and dispute resolution): 188-202 (2015)

“Old Cultures and New Possibilities: Marege’-Makassar Diplomacy in Southeast Asia”, The Pacific Review 24, no.5 (2011): 601-623."

"Autoethnographic International Relations: exploring the self as a source of knowledge" (with Roland Bleiker) Review of International Studies 36, no. 3 (2010):779-798

“Wantokism and State Building in the Solomon Islands: A Response to Fukuyama”. Pacific Economic Bulletin 24, no. 3 (2009): 148-161.

“The Developer’s Self: A Non-Deterministic Foucauldian Frame”. Third World Quarterly 30, no. 8 (2009): 1411-1426.

“Biopolitics Meets Terrapolitics: Political Ontologies and Governance in Settler-Colonial Australia”.Australian Journal of Political Science 42, no. 3 (2007): 403-417.

“Governance and Susceptibility in Conflict Resolution: Possibilities beyond Control”. Social and Legal Studies 16, no. 1 (2007): 27-47.

“Post-Development, Foucault, and the Colonisation Metaphor”. Third World Quarterly 23, no. 3 (2002): 421-436.

Book Chapters

"Relational Peacebuilding: Promise beyond Crisis", Peacebuilding in Crisis? Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation, eds Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held, Ulrich Schneckener. Routledge, 56-69, (2016).

“Indigeneity and Peace”, (with Polly Walker), in "The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace". eds Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, Jasmin Ramovic: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 259-271, (2016).

“Beyond Captives and Captors: Settler-Indigenous Governance for the 21st Century” (with Lyndon Murphy). In Unsettling the Settler State: Creativity and Resistance in Indigenous-Settler State Governance, eds. S. Maddison and M. Brigg. Sydney: Federation Press, (2011).

“Conflict Murri Way: Managing Through Place and Relatedness” (with Mary Graham and Polly Walker). InMediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution, eds. M. Brigg and R. Bleiker. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, (2011).

“Culture: Challenges and Possibilities”. In Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches, ed. O. Richmond. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, (2010).

“Disciplining the Developmental Subject: Neoliberal Power and Governance through Microcredit”. In Prospects and Perils of Microcredit: Neoliberalism and Cultural Politics of Empowerment, ed. J. Fernando. London: Routledge, (2006).

Other Contributions

“Noel Pearson's hunt for the 'radical centre' is doomed”, (with Lyndon Murphy) The Age, February 18 (2016).

“Identity and politics in Settler-Colonialism: Relational analyses beyond domination?” Postcolonial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2015.1061908, 2015.

"Dialogue on Governance and Peace: Choiseul and Western Province, Solomon Islands", (with W. Chadwick, C. Griggers), in Sharing and Exploring Pacific Approaches to Dialogue: A compendium of Case Studies from Pacific Island Countries, J. Murdock, T. Vienings and J. Namgyal (eds.), Suva, Fiji, UNDP Pacific Centre (2015).

“Culture, ‘Relationality’, and Global Cooperation" Global Cooperation Research Papers 6, Duisburg, Germany, (2014).

The Forked Tongue of the Whiteman: Culture and contemporary peacebuilding, in Pax In Nuce weblog, Posted on July 31 (2014).

"Review of Kevin Avruch, Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power, and Practice." Australian Journal of International Affairs, (2013).

“Networked Relationality: Indigenous Insights for Integrated Peacebuilding.” Research Report Series, Hiroshima University Partnership for Peacebuilding and Social Capacity (2008).

“Review: Harrison, Simon, (2007) Fracturing Resemblances: Identity and Mimetic Conflict in Melanesia and the West, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books”. Anthropological Forum 18, no. 2 (2008): 179-181.

“Whitegoods” (with Lyndon Murphy). Arena Magazine, no. 67 (2003): 30-31.

Research Interests

  • Conflict Resolution
    The politics, ethics and efficacy of conflict resolution, conflict management, peacemaking and peacebuilding.
  • Indigenous Politics
    Settler-Indigenous and global Indigenous politics, including different conceptions of political order and contemporary governance practices.
  • Politics of Cultural Difference, Decoloniality, Postcolonialism
    How cultural difference frames conceptions of political order, decolonising knowledge production.
  • Selfhood and Subjectivity
    The variable production of selves through relations of power and culture, and the self as a vehicle for knowing and translating across cultural difference.


  • Docotor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Brigg, Morgan (2019). From substantialist to relational difference in peace and conflict studies. In Alexander Laban Hinton, Giorgio Shani and Jermiah Alberg (Ed.), Rethinking Peace : Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue (pp. 135-143) London, United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield International.

  • Brigg, Morgan (2017). Rebalancing power and culture? The case of alternative dispute resolution. In René Provost (Ed.), Culture in the domains of law (pp. 247-265) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316681060.010

  • Brigg, Morgan and Walker, Polly O. (2016). Indigeneity and peace. In Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda and Jasmin Ramović (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of disciplinary and regional approaches to peace (pp. 259-271) Basingstonke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-40761-0_20

  • Brigg, Morgan (2016). Relational peacebuilding: promise beyond crisis. In Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held and Ulrich Schneckener (Ed.), Peacebuilding in crisis: rethinking paradigms and practices of transnational cooperation (pp. 56-69) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routhledge.

  • Brigg, Morgan (2015). The Blaktism and the transit between selves: the politics of entangled lives in Settler-Colonialism. In Fiona Foley, Louise Martin-Chew and Fiona Nicoll (Ed.), Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (pp. 166-173) Brisbane, QLD, Austalia: Univeristy of Queensland Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan (2013). Relational sensibility in peacebuilding: emancipation, tyranny, or transformation?. In Wren Chadwick, Tobias Debiel and Frank Gadinger (Ed.), Relational Sensibility and the 'Turn to the Local': Prospects for the Future of Peacebuilding (pp. 12-18) Duisburg, Germany: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK / GCR21).

  • Brigg, Morgan and Murphy, Lyndon (2011). Beyond captives and captors: Settler-Indigenous governance for the 21st Century. In Sarah Maddison and Morgan Brigg (Ed.), Unsettling the settler state: Creativity and resistance in Indigenous-settler state governance (pp. 16-31) Leichhardt, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Graham, Mary, Brigg, Morgan and Walker, Polly O. (2011). Conflict Murri way: Managing through place and relatedness. In Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 75-99) Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Introduction. In Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 1-15) Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Post-colonial conflict resolution. In Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 19-37) Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Maddison, Sarah (2011). Unsettling governance: From bark petition to YouTube. In Morgan Brigg and Sarah Maddison (Ed.), Unsettling the settler state: Creativity and resistance in Indigenous-settler state governance (pp. 1-14) Leichhardt, NSW, Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan (2010). Culture: Challenges and possibilities. In Oliver P. Richmond (Ed.), Palgrave advances in peacebuilding: Critical developments and approaches (pp. 329-346) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Brigg, M J (2006). Disciplining the development subject: Neoliberal power and governance through microcredit. In J.L. Fernando (Ed.), Microfinance: Perils and Prospects 1 ed. (pp. 64-88) London, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

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