• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ari's research and teaching interests cross the disciplines of International Relations and Political Geography. He has specific expertise on critical approaches to security, international relations and geopolitics. He is currently co-convener of the Australian Critical Border Studies Network and the Political Geography Study Group of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

His research focuses on border politics. He studies how notions of territory and political space are understood, enacted and experienced through bordering practices and how people are brought together and pushed apart in the process. He focuses particularly on what bordering practices, and the conceptions of political space they enact, tell us about contemporary notions of (in)security and community. He is interested in the colonial and postcolonial histories of borders and their everyday, urban and infrastructural dimensions. His recent work has theorised colonial afterlives, the politics of neighbouring, political infrastructure and furthered a research agenda on International Urban Politics. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled The Spatial Limits of Political Community: Crisis and the Geopolitics of Neighbouring in Spain (Bristol University Press).

He is open to supervising PhD students working in his areas of research (Critical Geopolitics; Critical Border Studies; Critical IR Theory; International Political Sociology;  Critical Security Studies).

Education/Academic qualification

Arts (International Relations), Bachelor, Australian National University

Politics, PhD, Monash University (Australia)

Research expertise keywords

  • Political Geography
  • International Relations Theory
  • International Security
  • Borders


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