School of Politics and International Relations Highlights

School of Politics and International Relations Highlights

The School of Politics and International Relations has a long history of excellence in research, undergraduate education and postgraduate supervision, and has produced path-breaking work on political parties, public administration, international relations, elections and political behaviour. ANU has consistantly ranked among the top universities for Politics and International Relations, and is currently 8th in the world.

Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

  • The School of Politics and International Relation’s (SPIR) Dr April Biccum coordinated the Interpretation, Method and Critique Conference hosted at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR). The aim of the conference was to raise the profile of Interpretivist Social Sciences within the Australian academy and drew a range of International visitors.


  • Professor Darren Halpin has published two articles which have recently recieved awards, including The Sam Richardson Award for the most influential paper in the Australian Journal of Public Administration on “Commercial Lobbying in Australia: Exploring the Federall Lobby Register”, and the Harold D. Lasswell Prize for the article “Think Tanks and strategic policy making: The contribution of think tanks to policy advisory systems”
  • Professor John Uhr from SPIR and the Centre for the Study of Australian Politics has published his latest work called The Language of Leadership.
  • Many staff also published articles in top-ranking journals around the world.


  • It was announced that SPIR graduate Hayley Pring has been accepted into the University of Oxford with an Honours degress in International Relations.
  • SPIR undergraduates have likewise been recognised for their excellence as many recent graduates have been accepted into a number of prestigious international universities to continue their postgraduate studies. One of these students is graduate Johnathon Argent, who has been accepted to the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Updated:  28 September 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications