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

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.


  • 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)