DR Michael Breen

DR Michael Breen


  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Federalism and the management of ethnic diversity
  • Indigenous rights and native title



  • Michael Breen is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science. Prior to that Michael worked at Deakin University, after completing his PhD at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Michael's research focuses on federalism in Asia, and the management of ethnic diversity. He is the author of 'The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Finding the Middle Ground' (2018, Routledge) and has contributed to Nepal's constitution-making process that established it as a federal democratic republic. Michael's research also explores the role of deliberative democracy and the use of deliberative polling in constitution-making and conflict management. Prior to academia, Michael was a policy maker, negotiator and project manager in various government departments in Australia and international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme. His professional background is in Indigenous rights and native title, political inclusion and environmental conservation.   


Member of

  • Australian Political Studies Association. Member 2017 -
  • International Political Science Association. Member 2017 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Michael Breen is leading a research project titled 'Federalism and multiethnic political parties in Asia: Blending accommodation and moderation' running from 2018-20. Michael Breen was an Endeavour Award Research Fellow in Nepal in 2010.   


Education and training

  • PhD, Nanyang Technological University 2017
  • MIP, University of Melbourne 2011
  • GDPA, Flinders University of South Australia 2008
  • BA, Flinders University of South Australia 2001

Awards and honors

  • Endeavor Award Research Fellowship, Department of Education, Training and Employment, 2010



Available for supervision

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