PROF Philomena Murray

PROF Philomena Murray


  • Australia and Asian regional architecture
  • Comparative Regional Governance
  • European Union foreign policy
  • European Union integration and polity issues; EU-Australia relations; EU-Asia relations; comparative regional integration; integration theory.
  • European Union-Asia relations
  • European and Asian regionalism
  • The politics of the European Union



  • Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, The University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009 she was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre (CERC), Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam ) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council expert of international standing and national assessor for the ARC and an external assessor for the European Research Council. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. She was a Research Associate of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Visiting Professor in the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges and an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS (United Nations University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies), Bruges. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury. She was Associate Fellow of the Free University of Berlin. She is an Academic Associate, Queen's College, the University of Melbourne. She serves on the Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on European Unification (RC3). Her research interests are in EU-Australia relations; EU-Asia relations; EU governance and comparative regional integration. Publications include Australia and the European Superpower (Melbou   


Member of

  • Australian European University Institute Fellowships Fellowships Association Incorporated. Fellowship scheme for EUI Florence 1990 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Research Awards

    2013: Melbourne School of Government Incubator Research Project Grant, Towards a Melbourne (University) Intergenerational Report, led by Janet MacCalman, $25,000 

    2012-13: Jean Monnet EU grant, on Drivers of Regional Integration in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, with Prof Louis Brennan, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. €43,000/$52,000. 

    2011: University of Melbourne Major Projects Development Support Fund grant, Federal and Supranational Interventions in Education - the case of vocational programs for youth, with Prof Jack Keating, Prof John Polesel, Prof Brian Galligan, Dr Gosia Klatt. Nov. 2011. $15,000. 

    2011-14: Jean Monnet European Union grant, directed by Maastricht University, EU–East Asia relations in the emerging multi-polar world, multilateral research group, with Maastricht University, University of Birmingham, Pusan National University, Kobe University, Renmin University. Sept. 2011. €75,000/$97,000. 

    2009-10: Jean Monnet European Union research grant Comparing the European Union with other Regional Organisations, 2009-10, with Comparative Regional Integration Studies Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS); College of Europe, Bruges; Brunel University; University of Pittsburgh; Dalhousie University; University of Lisbon. Euro 38,240/$60,000 

    Jean Monnet European Union research activity grant: The International Impact of the European Union in East Asia, September 2007, Euro 50,000.

    Jean Monnet European Union research grant: Jean Monnet Transnational Research Project: Europe and the Asia Pacific: Models and Linkages Euro 94,000, September 2005. Lead applicant with partners in Keio University, University of Limerick and Leuven University.

    Jean Monnet European Union award: Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence,&nb



Education and training

  • PhD, European University Institute, Florence 1989
  • DipEAS, College of Europe 1979
  • B.A. (Honours), University College Dublin 1978

Awards and honors

  • Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Carrick), 2007
  • The Dean's Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Jean Monnet Personal (ad personam) Chair, European Commission, European Union, 2006
  • Jean Monnet Chair, European Commission, European Union, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise on the politics and governance of the European Union (EU); EU foreign and trade policy; EU-Asia relation; EU-Australia relations and comparative regional governance.

    Current Primary Supervisions: PhD:

    1. Adam Berryman: The Politics of Recognising Difference in Italy.
    2. Siti Mohamed Pero: Comparing Leadership in ASEAN and the EU  (with Pradeep Taneja).
    3. Sophie Di Francesco-Mayot: France’s Crisis of Social Democracy.
    4. Frank Hofheins: The EU and US approaches to the Rise of China  (with Pradeep Taneja).
    5. Edward Yencken: Was Australia Wrong About the EU? Australian foreign policy and its reconceptualisation of relations with the European Union.
    6. Lachlan McKenzie: Coherence Challenges and the EU’s Negotiation of Bilateral Trade Agreements: Reappraising economic diplomacy as a foreign policy tool
    7. Sandra Silfvast: Challenges of food security in ASEAN and the EU’s experiences (with Pradeep Taneja).
    8. Allan Patience: Australia as an awkward partner in the Asia Pacific (with Tim Lynch).
    9. Peng Zhongzhou: EU-China relations: norms and differences (with Sow-Keat Tok).

    Current Associate Supervisions:  

    Salita Seedokmai: Developing a common space in higher education: The case of ASEAN (with Chi Baik).

    Fiona Machin: The transformative impact of the European Union on conflict societies: the cases of Northern Ireland and Cyprus.
    (with Adrian Little).