Philomena Murray, Ph.D.

The University of Melbourne

Address: School of Social and Poltiical Sciences, University of Melborune

City: Melbourne, Victoria - 3010

Country: Australia

About Me:

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was the Research Director on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) 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 national assessor. She has been an external assessor for the European Research Council. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.  She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Visiting Professor in the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges and an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS (United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies), Bruges. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on European Unification (RC3). She is founder and joint coordinator of Academics for Refugees. 

Research Interests

European Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

European Union

EU-Asian Relations



Comparative Regionalism


Countries of Interest




United Kingdom

My Research:

Her research interests are in comparative regional integration; EU-Asia relations; EU-Australia relations and EU governance and legitimacy. Publications include Longo, M. and Murray, P. (2015) Europe’s Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions, Palgrave Pivot; Brennan, L. and Murray, P. (2015) Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, Routledge; Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray P eds. (2013, paperback 2015), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave; Murray P and Rees N eds., “European and Asian Regionalism: Form and Function”, International Politics, 47, 3/4, May/July 2010; Murray P ed. (2008) Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux Basingstoke Palgrave and Murray, P. (2005) Australia and the European Superpower, Melbourne University Press.