Murray , Philomena

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 

Comparative regional integration
EU-Asia relations
EU-Australia relations
EU governance and legitimacy
Refugee externalisation policies


PhD Political Science. European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, History and Politics) University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Biographical Statement 

Philomena Murray is Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges and Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, both at the University of Melbourne.

She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the 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 assesses for the Australian Research Council and European research grants. A former diplomat, she ran training courses on the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

She was Director of Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies, an international research network of seven universities, from 2018 to 2022. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. She was a Visiting Professor at College of Europe, Bruges; Adjunct Senior Fellow of National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury and Associate Fellow of the Free University of Berlin. She served on the Board of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee on European Unification as Vice-President.

Publications include Longo, M. and Murray, P. 2015, Europe’s Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions, London, Palgrave Pivot; Brennan, L. and Murray, P. (eds.) 2015/2017, Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, Routledge; Christiansen T., Kirchner E., Murray P. (eds.) 2013, The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave. Published in paperback in 2015; Murray P. (ed.) 2008, Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux, Basingstoke, Palgrave; Murray P. 2005, Australia and the European Superpower: Engaging with the European Union, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press. Holmes L. and Murray P. eds., 1999, Citizenship and Identity in Europe, Ashgate, Aldershot; Murray P. and Holmes L. eds., 1998, Europe - Rethinking the Boundaries, Ashgate, Aldershot; Murray P. and Rich P. eds., Visions of European Unity, Westview Press, Colorado, 1996.

She has edited or co-edited 11 collections; published 39 refereed journal articles; 47 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 49 media and blog articles, to disseminate her findings to international and policy-oriented audiences.

She has supervised to completion 26 PhD theses and 2 Masters by research theses; 74 Honours and 9 Masters by coursework minor theses. She has given numerous public presentations and 85 international presentations. She has presented to specialist committees in the European Parliament, Australian Parliament and Irish Parliament. She was co-editor of a book series and is/was a member of 11 journal editorial boards and reviewer for many quality journals.