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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20102020
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Personal profile

Biography

Dr David Mickler is a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy & International Relations in the discipline of Political Science & International Relations, based in the School of Social Sciences. He is also the School's Postgraduate Coursework Programs Coordinator and the Program Coordinator for Postgraduate International Relations. David is also Director of the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC).

Previously, David was Chair of the Political Science and International Relations discipline at UWA (2015-16); Co-Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies (ARAS) (2015-16), Convenor of the 39th Annual Conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) (2016), Founding Coordinator of the UWA Africa Research Cluster (2015-18) and Founding Co-Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group (2015-18). Prior to joining UWA, David was a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Melbourne (2010-14) and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2013). He was also a Visiting Researcher with the African Union Commission in Ethiopia and South Africa (2017) and a Visiting Scholar with the Centre for Advancement of Schoalrship, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2019).

Roles and responsibilities

Postgraduate supervision areas:

  • Africa’s regional and international relations
  • Security, conflict, politics, governance in Africa
  • The African Union
  • Australia-Africa relations, including the African diaspora in Australia

Funding overview

Previous positions

Industrial relevance

Through the UWA Africa Research & Engagmenet Centre (AfREC) I work with a range of stakeholders, including from state and federal government, industry, and the NGO and community sectors on a number of research and engagement projects.

Teaching overview

Unit Coordination 2014-19 at UWA (from):

  • POLS1102 The Contemporary International System (UG Level 1)
  • POLS2214 Strategy, Diplomacy and Conflict (UG Level 2)
  • POLS3334 The International Politics of Africa (UG Level 3)
  • POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa (MIR, MID)
  • POLS5641 International Security (MIR)
  • POLS5682 Responding to International Crises (MIR)
  • SOCS5105 International Collaborative Study Experience (Jakarta/Pretoria, MIR)

Research

David’s research sits at the intersection of International Relations and African Studies. His research agenda has two main strands. The first examines the regional politics of security and governance in Africa, with a focus on the African Union. He is particularly interested in the role of African regional organisations in managing conflict and mitigating human insecurity on the continent. The second strand of his research explores the various dimensions of contemporary Australia-Africa engagement, particularly in terms of diplomatic relations, education and research collaboration, and people-to-people links. His current research projects and publications under development include:

  • D. Mickler and N. Pijovic, "'There are no votes in Africa!' Australia, Africa and the UN Security Council", Australian Journal of Politics and History 66(1): (2020) [forthcoming].
  • D. Mickler and G. Mukundi, The African Governance Architecture: Principles, Platforms and Politics [under contract, Routledge Global Institutions series]
  • Project on "Development, Diplomacy and the Diaspora: Deepening Engagement between African-Australians, the Diplomatic Corps and the African Union's Agenda 2063" [funded by AAUN and DFAT, 2019-20].

Keywords

  • Africa's International Relations
  • The African Union
  • African Politics
  • Security
  • Australia-Africa Engagement
  • International and human security
  • The responsibility to protect doctrine
  • Regional security governance in Africa
  • Australian foreign policy
  • Australia-Africa relations

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Research Output 2010 2020

Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals

Mickler, D. (ed.) & Ramutsindela, M. (ed.), 2020, Switzerland: Springer. 295 p. (Sustainable Development Goals Series)

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Global Goals and African Development

Mickler, D. & Ramutsindela, M., 2020, Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Ramutsindela, M. & Mickler, D. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 1-9 9 p.

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The AU's African Governance Architecture and SDG 16: Examining Intersections

Mickler, D. & Wachira, G., 2020, Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Ramutsindela, M. & Mickler, D. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 49-57 9 p. (Sustainable Development Goals Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

"Weak State", Regional Power, Global Player: Nigeria and the Response to Boko Haram

Mickler, D., Dan Suleiman, M. & Maiangwa, B., Oct 2019, In : African Security. 12, 3-4, p. 272-299 28 p.

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Civilian Protection in Darfur: Promise, Politics, and Practice

Mickler, D., 2016, Civilian Protection in the Twenty-First Century: Governance and Responsibility in a Fragmented World. C. J. A. A. D. B. C. (ed.). India: Oxford University Press, p. 212-234 23 p.

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Projects 2016 2020

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