Head of Research

Jeffrey Wilson

Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Head of Research at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing and managing the Centre’s research programs across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.

Dr Wilson is a political scientist, whose research specialises in regional economic integration in the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. Alongside his work for the Perth USAsia Centre, he is also a faculty member at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. 

He is a widely sought-after expert commentator on issues to do with economic integration in Asia. He has been featured in many local and international media outlets, and contributed to a range of track two policy dialogues between Australia and key regional partners. He consults for government and businesses in Australia on trade policy issues, with a focus on Australia’s bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements in the region.

Dr Wilson has published widely on the political economy of Indo-Pacific regionalism. He is the author of International Resource Politics in the Asia-Pacific (Edward Elgar, 2017) and Governing Global Production: Resource Networks in the Asia-Pacific Steel Industry (Palgrave 2013). His academic work has been published in many of the leading journals on regional affairs, including The Pacific Review, International Relations of The Asia-Pacific, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Security and Third World Quarterly. He has published policy work with the Perth USAsia Centre, United States Studies Centre, Australian Institute of International Affairs and Rajaratnam School of International Studies. 

His research has been recognised as a recipient of the University of Sydney Medal (2006) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award (Murdoch, 2015). He was the inaugural winner of the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ Boyer Prize (2012) for his work on the politics of China-Australia mining investment. He holds a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. 

His academic CV is available here.


  • 04 Sep, 2017
    South Asia

    Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration

    By Gordon Flake et al
  • 29 Aug, 2017

    Insight Series Vol 8 - Investing in Indo-Pacific Architecture

    By Jeffrey Wilson
  • 13 Jun, 2017
    North-East Asia

    Insight Series Vol 5 - What does China want from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

    By Jeffrey Wilson
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