PROF John Langmore

PROF John Langmore




  • Professor John Langmore is a Professorial Fellow and a Professional Expert in the School of Social and Political Sciences. 

    From 1963 until 1976 he worked in Papua New Guinea as a public servant and university lecturer where he led the preparation of the first national plan.

    Between 1976 and 1984 he was an economic advisor to the Australian Parliamentary Labor Party and with Ralph Willis proposed the negotiation of the Accord. In 1984 he was elected to the House of Representatives and was later re-elected four times for the ACT seat of Fraser. He chaired the committee which planned the first comprehensive committee system for the House of Representatives.  Amongst the Caucus and House committees he chaired were inquiries on the national infrastructure, the Bretton Woods institutions, Australia's current account; the environment; and the Australian Capital Territory.

    He retired from parliament in 1996 to become Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York for five years and then Representative of the International Labour Organization to the United Nations for two. He was responsible for the organisation of the 24th special session of the General Assembly which was the first world conference to agree on the global target for halving serious poverty by 2015.

    Professor Langmore teaches the graduate subject United Nations: Review and Reform in the Master of International Relations course and Socio-Economic Development for the Master of Development Studies.  At present he is researching and publishing on global governance, Australian foreign policy, conflict resolution, and development.    


Selected publications



Education and training

  • Dip Dev Econ, RSA and Cambridge University Local Syndicate 1973
  • M Ec, Monash University 1969
  • B Comm, University of Melbourne 1963
  • Dip Soc Stud, University of Melbourne 1963

Awards and honors

  • Membership of the Order of Australia, Order of Australia, 2019
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Council for Social Welfare, 2016


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • The subjects of current doctoral supervisions include :
    • Australia’s diplomatic ambitions since the end of the Cold War and how this is perceived by France.
    • The link between youth employment and peace in Sri Lanka. The two primary research questions are: how do youth employment and higher incomes affect the sustainability of peace in Sri Lanka; and what is the relevance of the Government of Sri Lanka’s development policies and programmes and private sector investments in improving youth employment in the conflict affected region?
    • Regional trade negotiations and the construction of policy choice in the Pacific Islands Forum (1994 – 2014)
    And of Master’s theses :
    • Relations between the US and the UN
    • The benefits and costs of budget support aid to Indonesia
    • The national peer review system of the UN Human Rights Council;
    • The future of Brunei Darussalam including lessons which could be drawn from the Norwegian model; and
    • Inequality in Ecuador