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Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current research interest in intersections between grassroots sustainability and regeneration projects, environmental movements and international climate politics. He has also researched the political economy of North Korea’s nuclear program, East Asian security, and international politics of climate change.

Ben was a board member of OASES Graduate School in Melbourne (2014-2016) and is an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation. He has worked previously for Flinders University, the University of South Australia, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and has spent time teaching English in Dandong, China. In June 2014, Ben completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne and is now a contributing facilitator within the CERES PDC program, focusing on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems. He is an active blogger at "Ben@Earth" (2012-present) and "Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga" (2010-2012).

Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, after graduating with a B. Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and a B. Arts from the University of South Australia. He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University


    Flinders University, PhD.


  • 2013
    DPRK Meets UNFCCC: An Introduction to North Korea’s Interactions with the International Climate Change Regime, International Review of Korean Studies
  • 2013
    Strategic Player, Economic Outlier: Regional Integration and North Korea’s Place in Northeast Asia, Griffith Asia Quarterly
  • 2011
    North Korea’s Parallel Economies: Systemic Disaggregation Following the Soviet Collapse, Communist and Post-Communist Studies
  • 2011
    North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Maintenance of the Songun System, The Pacific Review
  • 2010
    Rogue Proliferator? North Korea’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle & its Relationship to Regime Perpetuation, Energy Policy
  • 2010
    Climate Change and Regime Perpetuation in the DPRK, Asian Survey
  • 2009
    North Korea’s emergence as a nuclear weapons state and the end of the disarmament paradigm*, Global Change, Peace & Security
  • 2009
    The Implications of Climate Vulnerability for Regime Stability in North Korea, The International Journal of Climate Change
  • 2008
    Another Perfect Storm? Predictors of Radical Change in North Korea, Security Challenges

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Political Science (1606)