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Kelly Gerard

Dr Kelly Gerard

Senior Lecturer
Political Science and International Relations

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Political Science and International Relations
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 8578
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BA BEc PhD W.Aust.
Kelly is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the political economy of development policymaking in Southeast Asia. Kelly is currently working on a project examining the determinants of aid programming for women’s empowerment.

Kelly is an Endeavour Cheung Kong Award recipient, and a research associate of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney, and the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. She completed postdoctoral training at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, and the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong. Kelly is the author of ASEAN’s Engagement of Civil Society: Regulating Dissent (Palgrave 2014) and co-editor of the Palgrave series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy (with Toby Carroll, Darryl Jarvis and Paul Cammack). Kelly welcomes doctoral research proposals from students on topics in her field of expertise.
Key research
International Political Economy
Social Movements
Southeast Asian politics
- Gerard, K. (2014) ASEAN’s Engagement of Civil Society: Regulating Dissent, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

- Gerard, K. (forthcoming) ‘ASEAN as a “rules-based community”: business as usual’, Asian Studies Review.
- Bal, C. and Gerard, K. (2017) 'ASEAN's governance of migrant worker rights', Third World Quarterly.
- Gerard, K. (2015) ‘Explaining ASEAN’s engagement of civil society in policy-making: smoke and mirrors’, Globalizations, 12 (3): 365–382.
- Gerard, K. (2015) ‘东南亚地区主义与决策参与局限’[Southeast Asian regionalism and the limits to participatory policy-making], 国外理论动态 [Foreign Theoretical Trends], 2: 86–94.
- Gerard, K. (2014) ‘ASEAN and civil society activities in “created spaces”: the limits of liberty’, The Pacific Review, 27 (2): 265–287.
- Gerard, K. (2013) ‘From the ASEAN People’s Assembly to the ASEAN Civil Society Conference: the boundaries of civil society advocacy’, Contemporary Politics, 19 (4): 411–426.

- Gerard, K. (2017) ‘ASEAN, anti-politics, and human rights’, Anti-politics, Depoliticisation and Governance, edited by Colin Hay, Matthew Flinders, Paul Fawcett and Matthew Wood, Oxford University Press, pp. 112–33.
- Gerard, K. (2017) ‘Civil society participation in the reformed ASEAN: reconfiguring development’, Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Development, edited by Andrew McGregor, Lisa Law, and Fiona Miller, Routledge.
- Gerard, K. and S. Croeser (2016) ‘Social movements in world politics’, Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 3rd edition, edited by Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley, Palgrave, pp. 217–32.
- Gerard, K. (2016) ‘Crises, civil society, and regionalism in Southeast Asia’, Regional Integration in Times of Crises: Comparative Regional Integration Approaches and Institutional Change, edited by Sabine Saurugger and Fabien Terpan, Routledge, pp. 192–208.
- Beeson, M. and Gerard, K. (2015) ‘ASEAN, regionalism and democracy in Southeast Asia’, Routledge Handbook of Democracy in Southeast Asia, edited by William Case, Routledge, pp. 54–67.

- Gerard, K. (2011) Terry Macdonald, ‘Global Stakeholder Democracy: Power and Representation Beyond Liberal States’, Millennium Journal of International Studies, September, 40: 218–219.

- 'Women in ASEAN: Creating substantive empowerment', keynote for the ASEAN Forum, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney, 6 August 2017.
- 'Understanding practice in ASEAN', ASEAN Research Institute for Strategic Studies and Enterprise, University of the Philippines, Iloilo City, 25-26 May 2017.
- 'ASEAN, anti-politics, and human rights’, School of Political Science and International Relations, University of Queensland, 19 August 2016.
- 'Critical perspectives on ASEAN’, East Asia Study Group, Politics and International Studies, Warwick University, 12 May 2015.
- ‘Regulating labour migration in ASEAN’, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, 21 April 2015.
- ‘State-society interactions in Southeast Asia’, roundtable at the Project Southeast Asia Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, 20–24 March 2015.
- 'Governing ASEAN’s borders: the national/regional nexus of labour migration’, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, 3 March 2015.
- 'ASEAN’s engagement of civil society in regional policymaking’, second meeting of the Australia Mekong NGO Engagement Platform (AMNEP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hanoi, 27 August 2014.
- ‘ASEAN’s political integration: imperatives and implications of reform’, Indonesia and Australia in the 21st Century, Kompas Gramedia Group, Murdoch University, 20 March 2014.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Co-editor (with Toby Carroll, Darryl Jarvis and Paul Cammack) of 'Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy', Palgrave Macmillan:
Funding received
(2017) 'Advancing Gender Equality Through Aid: Realising Women's Empowerment', ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, $365,103
(2015) Research Collaboration Award (with David Mickler, Kathryn Sturman, Matthew Wood, Matthew Flinders), Stakeholder Engagement and Legitimacy in Regional Organisations, $10,850
(2013) Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, Understanding the Reformed ASEAN, $23,500
Mandarin (intermediate)
Board Member, Bluestocking Institute, Perth
European Association for Southeast Asian Studies
International Studies Association
Asian Studies Association of Australia
Honours and awards
Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow (2013)
Special Commendation in the UWA ‘Higher Degree by Research Achievements’ initiative (2011)
Previous positions
Visiting Research Fellow, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Nov 2014 – May 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, 2013
POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy (unit coordinator)
POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change (unit coordinator)
POLS5651 Global Political Economy (unit coordinator)
SOCS5010 NGOs, Governance, and Development (unit coordinator)
POLS1102 The Contemporary International System (team lecturer)
ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia (team lecturer)
SOCS5105 International Collaborative Study Experience (team lecturer)
SOCS5200 Digital Advocacy (team lecturer)

Current PhD/MPhil students:
Peter Thomsett, 'Financial Reform Tension and the Growth Reform Impasse'
Joshua McDonnell, 'Political Alienation and Municipality Size: The Effect of Municipality Size on Levels of Political Efficacy and Electoral Participation'
Noresma Jahya, 'The Meaning of Poverty Among the Urban Poor in Malaysia'
Current external positions
Research Associate, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney
Research Associate, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University
Useful links
- 'ASEAN's myths: creating continuity, rather than change', New Mandala, 17 November 2017,
-‘ASEAN and Women: empower movements, not just individuals’, New Mandala, 5 October 2017
- Report published by Kompas on ASEAN and Political Change in Southeast Asia, following a workshop held at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University:
-‘The ASEAN Civil Society Conference: A people-oriented ASEAN?’, East Asia Forum, 20 April 2012
-‘Participatory regionalism in Asia: a necessary development’, East Asia Forum, 12 August 2010 Reproduced with the title ‘Let Asian activists’ voices be heard’ in The Jakarta Globe online, 23 August 2010.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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