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GRADNAS Methods School for Asian Security and International Relations 

2-4 July 2020

The Australian National University, Canberra

We are delighted to announce the inaugural GRADNAS Methods School in 2020. This will be our Network’s flagship activity, bringing together the Senior Scholars Network (SSN) and the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), as well as other international PhD students and post-doctoral scholars.


Leading scholars (including GRADNAS SSN members Acharya 2017; Foot & Goh 2019; Kang 2019) have argued that Asia’s security complexes and regional international systems or societies manifest deep and rich empirical complexities that remain under-studied. Such studies of Asian IR and security might in turn challenge existing theories and concepts in IR and security studies, providing new theorizing that will reshape these fields.

The GRADNAS Methods School will focus strongly on 'methods' understood as the range of inter-disciplinary qualitative approaches most suitable for studying Asian security topics. We will pay acute attention to how scholars can pose the most useful research questions for studying this region; and develop innovative approaches and effective research designs to investigate Asian cases and complexities. This inaugural School will be led by 5 GRADNAS senior faculty, and will accommodate up to 30 international PhD student and post-doctoral/early career participants.




Full program coming soon. Enquiries to


Please note that the GRADNAS Methods School will take place immediately following the 2020 Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), which will be hosted by the ANU (29 June to 1 July). The call for papers is now open. OCIS is the premier venue for exchange and contact with international studies scholars working in Australia, New Zealand, and increasingly East Asia and the Pacific Islands.


*Applications should include a cover letter indicating the applicant’s research area and record; fit with the School’s themes; fit and relationship with GRADNAS and its research ethos. Send applications to with subject: 2020 GRADNAS Methods School – ANU Scholarship Application.