Research Fellow

Jeffrey Wilson

Dr Jeffrey Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, and Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2006, and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Australian National University in 2011.

Jeffrey is an international political economist, whose academic research specialises in international resource politics and economic regionalism in the Asia-Pacific region. He has published widely on the politics of resource security and trade politics in the Asia-Pacific, in international journals including New Political Economy, The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Third World Quarterly, Resources Policy, Contemporary Politics, Asian Studies Review and the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Dr Wilson is the author of Governing Global Production: Resource Networks in the Asia-Pacific Steel Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), which examines the governance of inter-corporate networks linking the steel industries of Northeast Asia to their mineral suppliers on the Pacific Rim.

He is a widely sought-after expert commentator on issues to do with resource politics and trade agreements in Asia. He has been featured in ABC News 24, Sky News Australia, Channel News Asia, ABC 730 Report, Nikkei Asian Review, Australian Financial Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times and Business Spectator. He has consulted 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 contributed to a range of international policy dialogues, including the Australia-China Futures Dialogue 2013, the G20 Youth Forum 2014, and the First Murdoch Commission, and independent commission of enquiry examining the prospects of economic interdependence between the state of Western Australia and partners in Asia.

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), awarded for his work on the politics of China-Australia mining investment.

Dr Wilson is currently the Chief Investigator (with Professor Mark Beeson, UWA) on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on the political economy of Australia-China relations (DP150100217). He is a co-editor of the journal Contemporary Politics, ranked ‘A’ by the Australian Political Studies Association in 2013.

Dr Wilson is also a member of the Sir Walter School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University, where he is the academic chair of the Master of International Affairs (MIA) program. At Murdoch University, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international political economy, international relations and Asian politics.


  • 04 September 2017
    South Asia

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

    By Gordon Flake et al
  • 29 August 2017

    Insight Series Vol 8 - Investing in Indo-Pacific Architecture

    By Jeffrey Wilson
  • 13 June 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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