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Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Professor David Lowe is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute at Deakin University, and a leader of humanities and social science research that informs policy and practice. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network and a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Editorial Advisory Board, advising the Australian Foreign Minister with respect to the Documents on Australian Foreign Policy Series.

David is a historian of international relations and Australia in world affairs. He has published on Australia's involvement in wars, including the Cold War, and on aspects of Australia's overseas policies after the Second World War. He is currently researching and writing on: the uses of history by Australian politicians; Australian involvement in post-war decolonisation, including the Colombo Plan; and the phenomenon of public diplomacy. His biographical study of Percy Spender, former Australian Minister for External Affairs and Ambassador in Washington, Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender, was published by Pickering and Chatto, London in 2010.


  • –present
    Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Research Areas

  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)