Dr Jeffrey Wilson
B.Ec.Soc.Sci. (Hons) USyd, PhD ANU

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

About me

For a full profile of Jeffrey Wilson’s work, see https://jeffreywilsonco.wordpress.com/ 

Jeffrey Wilson is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy and a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

He is currently the Centre’s Associate Director – Policy and Engagement, where he provides advice and strategic leadership for its external engagement in the spheres of policy, media and partnerships. He is also the Director of the Centre’s long-standing postgraduate research program, managing a cohort over over two dozen PhD scholars from around the region.

Jeffrey’s academic research interests include international political economy, economic regionalism in the Asia-Pacific, and international resource politics. He was awarded the University of Sydney Medal in 2006, and in 2012 was the inaugural recipient of The Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his work on the politics of Sino-Australia mining investment.

He has published widely on the political economy of Asia in leading international journals, and is the author of Governing Global Production: Resource Networks in the Asia-Pacific Steel Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and International Resource Politics in the Asia-Pacific: The Political Economy of Conflict and Cooperation (Edward Elgar, 2017).

Jeffrey holds a concurrent appointment as the Head of Research at the Perth USAsia Centre. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Politics.

Research areas

International political economy, Asia-Pacific economic regionalism, international resource politics, Australia’s foreign relations with Asia

Current projects

The economic architecture of Indo-Pacific regionalism

The Indo-Pacific is the most recent geographical conception of regional space in Asia. It has been adopted by many governments as a new ‘strategic geography’ informing their foreign policy strategies, and has also been reflected in a range of new and refurbished institutional architectures. Yet the Indo-Pacific also competes with – and indeed may be replacing – earlier ‘Asian’ conceptions of who and what constitutes ‘the region’. The adoption of the Indo-Pacific therefore involves changing notions of which countries belong to the region. It also involves a changing agenda, with new issues  rising in prominence while others  are possibly declining in importance. This project explores how this shift from an ‘Asian’ to an ‘Indo-Pacific’ geographical construct is changing the economic architecture for Asian regionalism

New free trade agreements in Asia

The trade architecture of the Asia-Pacific region is in flux. After many years of ‘committed multilateralism’ through the World Trade Organisation, during the early 20th century Asian governments have turned towards new regional free trade agreements (FTAs). These include the rapid proliferation of over 100 bilateral FTAs between Asian governments, and the negotiation of ‘mega-regional’ FTAs such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This project explores the drivers, dynamics and consequences of these new trade agreements for the trade architecture of the Asian region

International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific

This project investigates international resource politics in the Asia-Pacific during the recent global resources boom. It examines governments are deploying new strategies in the wake of the boom to manage resource interdependence between the producing and consuming economies in the region. By examining the causes and impacts of these strategies, the project contributes to the understanding of how and why the governance of regional resource interdependence is being reconstituted, and its consequences for economies in the Asia-Pacific.

The politics of Australia-China economic relations

This project analyses the bilateral economic relationship between Australia and China. The principal focus is on how economic relations have been conditioned by distinctive patterns of economic and political organisation in each country. Its approach draws on and extends the Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) literature to provide a detailed analysis of the institutional features of the Chinese and Australian economies, and how these institutions condition the economic relationship between the two.

Awards and grants


Australian Research Council Discovery Projects (DP) Grant 2015-17. ‘The political economy of Australia-China economic relations’. $154,418. With Mark Beeson (UWA), DP150100217.

Murdoch University School of Management and Governance Small Grants Scheme 2015. ‘International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific’. $7,500.

Murdoch University School of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Grant 2012. International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific’. $5,000.

Awards and Prizes

Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award 2015 (ECR Achievement) - Awarded by Murdoch University to an ECR who has demonstrated a rapidly advancing research profile ahead of what is considered normal for the stage of their career.

The Boyer Prize 2012 - Awarded by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2011.

The University of Sydney Medal 2006 - Awarded for outstanding academic performance in the Bachelor of Economic and Social Science (Honours) program, 2003-2006.

Award nominations

Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2014, Murdoch University

Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2013, Murdoch University

Nominated for College of Asia-Pacific Excellence in Teaching Award 2012, Australian National University

Media appearances

A full list of media placements is available at https://jeffreywilsonco.wordpress.com/in-the-media/

Administrative responsibilities

Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

PhD Coordinator, 2015 – present.

Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

Associate Director – Policy Engagement, 2017 – present.

Sir Walter School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University

Academic Chair, Master of International Affairs program, 2014 – present

Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee

Research representative, 2014-16

Policy advisory roles

A full list of policy advisory roles is available at https://jeffreywilsonco.wordpress.com/policy-advisory-roles/

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD completions

  • Shaomin XU. The Evolution of Chinese Soft Power: Its Domestic and International Roles. Co-supervisor (with Mark Beeson), awarded UWA February 2016.
  • Muhammad Faris AL-FADHAT. The Rise of Internationalized Capital: ASEAN Economic Governance and Indonesian Conglomerates. Principal supervisor (with Kanishka Jayasuriya), awarded Murdoch January 2017.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Jessica MANULONG. Principal supervisor (50%); with Kanishka Jayasuriya (Murdoch). Regulatory reform and trade policymaking in Southeast Asia.
  • Chu Minh THAO. Principal supervisor (50%); with Garry Rodan (Murdoch). Vietnam’s international trade policy-making.
  • Nathan WATSON. Co-supervisor (20%), with Mark Beeson (UWA). The influence of US hegemony on Australia’s regional engagement with Asia.
  • Troy LEE-BROWN. Co-supervisor (20%), with Mark Beeson (UWA). The rise of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ concept in Asian regional security.


Jeffrey’s publications are available at:

Academic publications here: https://jeffreywilsonco.wordpress.com/academic-publications/

Policy publications here: https://jeffreywilsonco.wordpress.com/policy-publications/