Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current teaching and research interests in: (1) traditional and non-traditional security in North Korea; (2) environmental movements and international climate politics; and (3) innovations in university teaching practice in global environmental politics and international relations. He has extensive overseas field experience in Northeast Asia and has led short travel program subjects for undergraduate students to China and South Korea, themed around global citizenship and environmental sustainability. Ben is also a staunch advocate for mental health and neurodiversity, having transformed his nationally-televised panic attack into a vehicle for creating positive change.
Ben has extensive public engagement experience, contributing opinion articles and providing interview commentary to traditional and online media, in addition to delivering public presentations and facilitating workshops with industry partners, secondary education institutions and community organisations. He combines his passion for international relations, environment and mental health as host and producer of the Edge Dwellers Cafe Podcast.
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.