Murray , Philomena

Associate Research Fellow
Biographical Statement 

Philomena Murray is Associate Research Fellow at UNU CRIS and Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was Research Director on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, 2014-17 and Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, 2000-2009. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union (EU). She received a national Carrick Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first EU curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council ‘expert of international standing’ and national assessor. She is/has been an evaluator (assessor) for the European Research Council and other European research bodies.  She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. She was Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on European Unification. She is co-founder and joint convenor of Academics for Refugees

Over 30 years, Prof Murray has come to be recognised as a leading international scholar on the EU; comparative regionalism studies; the EU’s relations with Australia and Asia; and more recently, on Brexit and refugee externalisation policies. Her distinguished contribution to her field is characterised by research excellence and leadership of international research consortiums (winning competitive international grants) over many years; by innovative pedagogy and recognition as an outstanding teacher; by deep engagement with policy communities and the media; and in sustained, quality leadership and service to the profession and to the community.

She played a lead role in generating over $5 million in research and other funding.  Her research interests are in comparative regional integration; EU-Asia relations; EU-Australia relations; EU governance and legitimacy; Brexit and refugee externalisation policies. Publications include a single-authored book; a co-authored book; 11 edited or co-edited collections; 39 refereed journal articles; 42 book chapters and over 100 conference papers, in addition to 14 other articles and 23 entries in reference works. She has published 27 commissioned reports, mostly to government; 11 contributions to international and national think tanks and 40 media and blog articles to disseminate her findings to international and policy-oriented audiences. Her research has impact across Europe, Asia and the US, in journals, citations, theses and in curriculum.