Associate Professor Shahar Hameiri has secured an Australian Research Council 2020 Future Fellowship worth A$1,005,219.

Dr Hameiri’s four-year fellowship focuses on international politics and will investigate why, when and how recipient states accept international development financing from particular state providers of development financing.

Research suggests that the intensifying competition between provider states is hindering providers’ capacity to achieve intended policy goals, despite spending vast sums.

Dr Hameiri’s Future Fellowship will be the first study to explain which groups in recipient countries prefer particular providers, why, and which group’s interests are likely to prevail.

“We are living in a time of immense and rapid change in international politics, which the current pandemic will only catalyse” Dr Hameiri said.

“The rise of China is generating challenges to established foreign policy paradigms. But these challenges are not always well understood, which increases the risk of poor policy responses and deeper international and local conflict”, he said.

“I’m motivated to understand what competition over development financing looks like in our globalised times, and to develop better ways of providing development financing, in the interests of both providers and the recipient societies”, Dr Hameiri said.

“I have always been interested in my research in interrogating how major transformations in international politics affect localised politics and conflict, and vice versa, how conflicts at the local level affect major international and global transformations”, he said.

The recommendations of the study will significantly improve Australia’s international development outcomes and help recipient states obtain financing that meets their needs. 

Associate Professor Hameiri’s research traverses the fields of security, development and aid, governance, political geography and international relations. He has explored issues of security governance, China’s rise, state-building, non-traditional security, risk and risk management, regional governance and Australian development and security policy.

Dr Hameiri is Associate Professor of International Politics within UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland.

“Throughout my career I have been particularly interested in understanding the evolving nature of statehood and political agency under conditions of globalisation and emerging challenges to it”, says Dr Hameiri.

“The issue investigated in this Fellowship is emerging is an especially important area for competition and conflict at the global and local levels, and therefore it deserves close scrutiny”.

Dr Hameiri’s latest project on China's rise with Dr Lee Jones (Queen Mary University of London), was funded through an ARC Discovery Project grant and investigated China's growing development financing footprint, including via the Belt and Road Initiative.

Associate Professor Shahar Hameiri

Associate Professor of International Politics
School of Political Science and International Studies

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