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    Prof Kanishka Jayasuriya
    BA Hons (UWA); Ph.D. (ANU).

    Professor of Politics and International studies and Head of Department

    About me

    Kanishka Jayasuriya  BA Hons (UWA); Ph.D. (ANU). FASSA


    Kanishka Jayasuriya, is currently Professor of  Politics and International studies. Prior to his current appointment in 2016 he was Professor of International politics and Director of Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (IPGRC) and Professor of International Politics. He is a graduate in political science from the University of Western Australia. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University (ANU) and served as a post doctoral Fellow at Griffith University. He has held teaching and research appointments in several Australian and overseas universities including the ANU, the University of Sydney, Murdoch University, National University of Singapore, and City University of Hong Kong.

    His main areas of research interests and special expertise lie mainly in the areas of international and comparative political economy. He has worked extensively on issues of regulation, rule of law  and regional governance with reference to Asia . His research agenda is focused on the relationship between globalisation and the transformation of state structures including in the areas of social policy and higher education. He is also working on the dynamics of capitalist crisis and democracy with particular reference to Asia.

    A list of Kanishka’s publications can be found on his Google Scholar page.

    Research areas

    International and comparative political economy

    Awards and grants

    Selected Grants:

    Australian Research Council Discovery Grant

    Kanishka Jayasuriya with Tim Doyle
    Building an Indian Ocean Region.
    2011 $378K, Cat 1

    Australian Research Council Discovery Project

    Garry Rodan and Kanishka Jayasuriya
    Contestation or Regulation – New Politics in Southeast Asia
    2005-2006 $75,000
    (with Vedi Hadiz; Kevin Hewison; Chua Beng Huat. Collaboration with Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and South East Asia Research centre, City University of Hong Kong.)

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    I am able to supervise projects examining aspects of international political economy, Asian politics, populism and higher education.

     Current  projects under my supervision include:The Politics of Securitising ‘Undesirables’ in Asia;  The Political Economy of NGOs: Transcending of Civil Society into Market; and International Trade Legalization in Southeast Asia.



    • Jayasuriya, K., (2006), Statecraft, Welfare and the Politics of Inclusion, Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2005), Reconstituting the Global Liberal Order: Legitimacy, Regulation and Security, Routledge.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2004), Governing the Asia Pacific: Beyond New Regionalism, Palgrave Macmillan.
    •  Jayasuriya, K., (2004) Asian Regional Governance: Crisis and Change. Routledge (editor).
    • Jayasuriya, K., (1998) Politics and Markets in the Wake of the Asian Crisis. Routledge (co-editor).
    • Jayasuriya, K., D.A. Bell, D.M. Jones, & D. Brown (1995) Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia. Macmillan (St Anthony’ Series).
    • Jayasuriya, K., (1995) Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific-Asia. Macmillan (co-author).
    • Jayasuriya, K., (1992) Dynamics of Economic Policy Reform in South West Pacific. OUP (co-editor).

    Journal Articles – From 2012

    • Jayasuriya, K., (2018), Authoritarian statism and the New Right in Asia’s conservative democracies, Journal of Contemporary Asia. 48 (4): 584-604.
    • Chacko, P., Jayasuriya, K., (2018), Asia’s Conservative Moment: Understanding the Rise of the Right, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 48 (4): 529-540.
    • Chacko, P., Jayasuriya, K., (2017), A capitalising Foreign Policy. Regulatory Geographies and Transnationalised state projects, European Journal of International Relations, 24 (1): 82-105.
    • Chacko, P., Jayasuriya, K., (2017), Trump, the authoritarian populist revolt and the future of the rules-based order in Asia, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71 (2): 121-127.
    • McCarthy, G., Song, X., Jayasuriya, K., (2016), The proletarianisation of academic labour in Australia, Higher Education Research and Development 36(5):1017-1030.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2015) Regulatory Regionalism, Political Projects and State Transformation in the Asia Pacific. Asian Politics and Policy 7(4): 517-529.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2015) The Politics of Resource Booms: Australia and the Regional Political Economy. Pacific Review 28 (3): 391-410. Doi: 10.1080/09512748.2015.1011211
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2015) Internationalization of the Chinese Subnational State and Capital: The Case of Yunnan and the GMS.  Australian Journal of International Affairs 69(2): 185-204.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2015), Constituting market citizenship: regulatory state, market making and higher education, Higher Education: the international journal of higher education and educational planning 70 (6): 973-985.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2012) A Teachable Moment: ‘Explaining” Asia in the Asian Century’ Global Asia, 22 (Summer).

    Book Chapters from 2012 

    • Jayasuriya, K., with P. Chacko (2019 forthcoming) The Economics-Security Nexus and East Asian Integration’. In Findlay, C, Panestu, M. Kimura, F. and S. Tangavelu, S. (eds) Handbook of East Asian Integration. Edward Elgar.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2019 forthcoming) The Regulatory State and Labour process’ . In G. Capano and D. Jarvis (eds), Convergence and Diversity in the Governance of Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Jayasuriya, K., with David Cannon (2015) The Regionalization of Capital in the Patchwork Economy and the Transnationalization of the Subnational State. In J. Sprague (ed.), Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania. London: Routledge.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2015) Beyond the Culturalist  Problematic: Towards a Global Social Science in the Asian Century? In V. Mackie, T. Suzki and C. Johnson (eds), The Social Sciences in the Asian Century. Canberra: ANU Press.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2014) Transforming the Public University: Market Citizenship and Higher Education Regulatory Projects. In  M Thornton and  G. Withers (eds), Through a glass darkly: the social sciences look at the neoliberal university. Canberra: ANU Press.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2013)  Regulatory State with Dirigiste Characteristics: Variegated Pathways of Regulatory Governance. In N. Dubash and B. Morgan (eds), The Rise of the Regulatory State of the Global South. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2012)  Institutional Hybrids and the Rule of Law as a Regulatory Project. In B. Tamanaha and C. Sage (eds), Legal Pluralism and Development: Dialogues for Success. USA: Cambridge University Press.
    • Jayasuriya, K., (2012) Hybrid Regimes: A Social Foundations Approach’. In Jeff Haynes (ed.), Democratisation Handbook. Routledge.
    • Hameiri, S., Jayasuriya, K., (2012), Regulatory Regionalism in Asia, In: Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism, Routledge.
    Other Contributions (non-refereed)

    2018   Geoeconomic Drivers in a Changing Regional Order: A Primer for Sri Lankan Foreign Policy Maker . LKI Institute.  Available at : https://www.lki.lk/publication/geoeconomic-dynamics-in-a-changing-regional-order-a-primer-for-sri-lankas-foreign-policymakers/

    2017  China’s influence as symptom of larger changes. Australian Outlook. Available at: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/chinas-political-influence-symptom-changes/

    2017  Trump and the Rise of Authoritarian Populism. Australian Outlook.  Available at https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/trump-and-the-rise-of-authoritarian-populism/

    2017 Diplomacy Key to Creating an Asian Research Area. Australian Outlook.  Available at http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/diplomacy-key-asian-research-area/

    2016 Ideas boom or Innovation bust: Could Australia’s ideas agenda stifle real innovation? APS Policy Forum . Available at:
    and republished on the LSE’s Impact blog at

    2015 The Case for an Asian Research Area. APPS Policy Forum. Available at:  http://www.policyforum.net/social-science/

    2014 Building an Asian Research Area. Global Asia Forum. Available at: http://www.globalasia.org/Forum/Detail/45/building-an-asian-research-area.html/

    2014 Nationalism Marries Neoliberalism to Fuel the Rise of Asia’s New Right.
    The Conversation 21st March. Available at: https://theconversation.com/nationalism-marries-neoliberalism-to-fuel-rise-of-asias-new-right-24395

    2013 Colombo Plan needs Regional Open-Door Policy. The Australian. 23rd October

    2013 Transpacific Partnership at the Frontlines of New Geo-economic Contests.
    The Conversation 18th April. Available at  http://theconversation.com/trans-pacific-partnership-at-the-frontlines-of-new-geo-economic-contests-13236

    2012 Reinventing the Public Mission of the Research University in the Asian Century: A Gateway ApproachPolicy Brief, Issue No. 6, Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre. Available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/indo.pacificovernance/policy/Jayasuriya_2012_PB6.pdf

    2012  Asian Century White Paper is Big on Rhetoric, Small on IdeasThe Conversation, 30th October. Available at:

    2012  Global Markets are the New Battlefields. In ABC: The Drum Opinion. 26th June. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4091270.html

    2012 Building Australian Research Capacity on Asia: A Problem Oriented Strategy, Policy Brief. Issue No 1. Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre.
    Available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/indo-pacific-governance/policy/Kanishka_Jayasuriya.pdf

    2012 Beyond Asian Literacy: Understanding What Makes Us the Same.
    The Conversation, 14th March,  Available at:

    2012 Plugging into Asia must go far beyond trade. Sydney Morning Herald.
    Available at:  http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/plugging-into-asia-must-go-far-beyond-trade-20120329-1w044.html