• 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.



Member of

  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Chair, Section for Asia and the Americas 2010 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Grants, fellowships, and other funding (Australian dollars unless otherwise indicated)
    • 2015 Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: "China and the Caribbean: An Emerging Partnership", San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27th May, $12,000 USD
    • 2014 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) funding to organize workshop: "Feeding the Masses: China-Latin America Agriculture Connections Through Time," The University of Chicago, 21st May, $10,500
    • 2013 Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: "China, Latin America, and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement," The Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C., 29th May, $9,000 USD
    • 2013 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Visiting Academic Program for "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Asia-Pacific Integration or Disintegration?", $6,500
    • 2012 Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Australian Leadership Award for "Optimising Australia-Cuba Cooperation in Asia-Pacific Health Delivery", $55,900
    • 2012 Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: "The China Factor in Mexico-U.S. Relations", the University of California-Berkeley, 22nd May, $12,000 USD
    • 2011 University of Sydney International Program Development Fund (IPDF) seed funding for "Mexico and China: Towards a Strategy of Engagement", in collaboration with Dr Enrique Dussel Peters (UNAM), $16,000
    • 2010 Australian Academy of the Humanities Visiting Fellowship for collaboration with Dr. Paul DeCastro (CSU-Los Angeles) on the project, "Cultural Bridges to Cuba" $5,940
    • 2009 University of Sydney Faculty of Arts Research Support S


Education and training

  • PhD (Anthropology), La Trobe University
  • BA (Anthropology), University of Wisconsin


Available for supervision

  • Y