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McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Michael Breen is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Michael's research focuses on federalism, electoral systems and deliberative democracy in Asia. Michael completed his PhD at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, worked at Deakin University and held an Endeavour Awards Research Fellowship. His background is in native title, political inclusion, constitution-making and environmental politics. He is the author of 'The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Finding the Middle Ground (Routledge, 2018).


  • –present
    McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2017–2017
    Research Associate, Deakin University
  • 2011–2014
    Policy Advisor and Negotiator, Native Title, Department of Justice, Victoria
  • 2010–2010
    Advisor, Constitution-making, United Nations Development Programme
  • 2008–2009
    Policy Advisor, Department for Sustainability and Environment
  • 2007–2008
    Programme Officer, Rights, Democracy and Inclusion Fund, Nepal


  • 2017 
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, PhD in political science
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Master of International Politics
  • 2008 
    Flinders University of South Australia, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration
  • 2000 
    Flinders University of South Australia, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Memberships

  • International Political Science Association