Associate Professor Adrian Hearn researches the social challenges and opportunities arising from Asia-Pacific economic integration. What can Chinese, Latin American, and Australian cities teach each other about sustainable food production and consumption? How is the growing number of Cuban and Cuban-trained health workers impacting welfare outcomes in the Pacific Islands and Australian engagement with the region's health sectors? How are growing Chinese migrant communities contributing to Latin American economic development and globalization? How is the Trans-Pacific Partnership perceived by publics in signatory countries, and non-signatories like China?
Adrian has explored these questions with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, AusAID, and others. Adopting an ethnographic approach to international relations has allowed him to study cultural convergences/divergences, economic development, and approaches to transparency and technology transfer from the ground up. Having lived in the United States for eleven years, Latin America for four years, and China for one year, Adrian welcomes applications from national and international students seeking Masters or PhD supervision on these and related topics.