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DR Margherita Matera




  • Margherita Matera is a researcher in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research and publications focus on the European Union’s security and defence cooperation, the EU as a foreign policy, security and crisis management actor, the externalisation and securisation of EU refugee policy, NATO and the transatlantic relationship, EU-Australia relations, and comparative regionalism. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Summer Research Scholar Program Grant from the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches on EU integration, comparative European politics and international relations. She is a co-editor of a special issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs on EU-Australia Relations, published in 2018 with Professor Philomena Murray. She is a recipient of two Jean Monnet grants: a Jean Monnet Project that explores Australia’s relationship with the European Union; and a Jean Monnet Network that examines the externalisation of the refugee policies within the European Union and Australia.   


Member of

  • Australian Political Studies Association (APSA). Member 2017 -
  • International Political Studies Association. Member 2017 -
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). Member 2015 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Title: 'Australia's Relationship with the European Union: from Tensions to New Paradigms' (587060-EPP-1-2017-1-AU-EPPJMO-PROJECT) Chief Investigators: Professor Philomena Murray and Dr Margherita Matera Funding Scheme: Eramus+ Programme - Jean Monnet Activities Project Duration: 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2019 Title: 'Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies' (599660-EPP-1-2018-1-AU-EPPJMO-NETWORK) Network Partners: The University of Melbourne; Deakin University; Monash University; Bologna University; University of Geneva; and University of Gothenburg. Funding Scheme: Eramus+ Programme - Jean Monnet Activities (Jean Monnet Network) Project Duration: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2021    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MA, La Trobe University 1999
  • BA(hons), La Trobe University 1994