Murray , Philomena

Associate Research Fellow
Biographical Statement 

Dr. Philomena Murray is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She was educated at the European University Institute in Florence, the College of Europe in Bruges and the National University of Ireland (University College Dublin). She has worked as a diplomat in Dublin and Paris and has also worked in Brussels and Ravenna. Her research interests are in European Integration analysis; EU-Australia relations; EU-Asia relations; EU governance and comparative regional integration.

She received a national Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council ‘expert of international standing’ and International Research Collaboration Advisor on Europe to the University of Melbourne. She runs training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

She is a Visiting Professor in the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges. She is a Research Associate of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

She was recently Director of a two-year EU-funded research project, on Europe and the Asia Pacific: Models and Linkages with Keio University, University of Limerick and Leuven University, and one-year EU-funded research project on The International Impact of the EU in East Asia.  She led a team that won a curriculum award for a Masters subject entitled The EU and Asia: Competing Hegemons? She is editor, with Nicholas Rees, of ‘European and Asian Regionalism: Function and Form’, special issue of International Politics, forthcoming, 2010.

She was chosen by the European Commission as a Jean Monnet Success Story and is featured in the Jean Monnet The European Union and the World Success Stories 2008, Brussels, one of 20 Jean Monnet Professors whose work is devoted to the study of the European Union's relationship with the world. Recent books include Australia and the European Superpower (Melbourne University Press, 2005) and P. Murray ed. Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).