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Research Fellow (Indigenous Diplomacy), Australian National University

A proud Wiradjuri man, James Blackwell is a Research Fellow in Indigenous Diplomacies at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

James’ work is currently focused on conceptualising First Nations foreign policy approaches in the Twenty-First Century, and how First Nations peoples and knowledges can be better utilised in IR theory and foreign policy practice. He also has written on U.S. domestic/electoral politics, civil-military relations, and U.S. foreign and defence policy. He has experience working with remote and disadvantaged First Nations communities around Australia, and has large networks across these spaces. James is a current member of the Uluru Dialogue based out of UNSW, working to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and on advancing a constitutionally-enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, both through advocacy and through research.

Before joining the ANU, he worked as a Research Fellow in Indigenous Policy at UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact, and as a research academic at the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies.


  • 2022–present
    Research Fellow (Indigenous Diplomacy), Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • 2020–2022
    Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy), Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales
  • 2020–2022
    Visiting Fellow, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • 2020–2021
    Visiting Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
  • 2018–2020
    Researcher, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland


  • 2022 
    Charles Sturt University, Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage
  • 2019 
    The University of Queensland, Master of International Relations
  • 2018 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Science


  • 2021
    Administering inequality? The National Disability Insurance Scheme and administrative burdens on individuals, Australian Journal of Public Administration

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Political Science Association
  • Uluru Dialogue, UNSW
  • ACT Greens
  • International Studies Association