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Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was Research Director on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, The University of Melbourne. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council ‘expert of international standing’ and an external assessor for the European research grant agencies. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

She is a Research Associate of the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Visiting Professor in the International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges and an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS (United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies), Bruges. She was an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury. She was an Associate Fellow of the Free University of Berlin

Her research interests are in Brexit; comparative regional integration; EU-Asia relations; EU-Australia relations and EU governance and legitimacy. Publications include Australian Journal of International Affairs Special Issue, edited with Margherita Matera, on Australia's Relationship with the European Union: from conflict to cooperation, 72(3), June 2018; Longo, M. and Murray, P. (2015) Europe’s Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions, Palgrave Pivot; Brennan, L. and Murray, P. (2015) Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, Routledge; Christiansen T, Kirchner E, Murray P eds. (2013, paperback 2015), The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave; Murray P and Rees N eds., “European and Asian Regionalism: Form and Function”, International Politics, 47, 3/4, May/July 2010; Murray P ed. (2008) Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux Basingstoke Palgrave and Murray, P. (2005) Australia and the European Superpower, Melbourne University Press.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Melbourne


  • 1989 
    European University Institute Florence, PhD Political Science


  • 2016
    Manners, I. and Murray, P. (2016) ‘The End of a Noble Narrative? European Integration Narratives after the Nobel Peace Prize', Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54, No. 1. 185-202 DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12324
  • 2015
    Brennan, L. & Murray, P. eds. Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia, Routledge
  • 2015
    Longo, M. and Murray, P. Europe’s Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions , Palgrave Pivot, 152 pages. ISBN: 9781137436535
  • 2012
    T. Christiansen, E. Kirchner, P. Murray, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave
  • 2011
    Murray P Ideas of Regionalism: The European Case, Japanese Journal of Political Science, 12, 2, 305-322.
  • 2010
    Murray P East Asian regionalism and EU studies, Journal of European Integration, 32, 6, 597–616.
  • 2010
    P. Murray, 2010, Regionalism and Community. Australia’s Options in the Asia–Pacific, , Strategy Paper for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra
  • 2010
    P. Murray and N. Rees eds., Special Issue. “European and Asian Regionalism: Form and Function”,, International Politics, Vol. 47, Numbers 3/4, May/July 2010.
  • 2008
    P. Murray (ed.) Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux, Basingstoke, , Palgrave Series in European Union Politics, 2008.
  • 2005
    P. Murray, Australia and the European Superpower: Engaging with the European Union, , Melbourne, Melbourne University Press.


Jean Monnet Chair ad personam