Margherita Matera is a researcher in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research and publications focus on the European Union’s security and defence cooperation, the EU as a foreign policy, security and crisis management actor, the externalisation and securisation of EU refugee policy, NATO and the transatlantic relationship, EU-Australia relations, and comparative regionalism.
In 2015, she was the recipient of the Summer Research Scholar Program Grant from the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches on EU integration, comparative European politics and international relations. She is a co-editor of a special issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs on EU-Australia Relations, published in 2018 with Professor Philomena Murray. She is a recipient of two Jean Monnet grants: a Jean Monnet Project that explores Australia’s relationship with the European Union; and a Jean Monnet Network that examines the externalisation of the refugee policies within the European Union and Australia.