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Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Travers has been chief executive of the Centre for Policy Development since 2014.

Travers began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. He holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in their 2013 report Now for the Long Term. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

Travers is married to a Kiwi. They have two young daughters. He grew up in Exmouth and Perth and remains devoted to the West Coast Eagles.


  • 2014–2015
    CEO, Centre for Policy Development
  • 2014–2015
    Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2015
    Associate, Oxford Martin School