DR Avery Poole

DR Avery Poole


  • Australian engagement in the Indo-Pacific region
  • International relations in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Southeast Asian regionalism



  • Dr Avery Poole is the Assistant Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Her research explores institutional change in regional organisations, particularly ASEAN; conceptualisations of democracy and governance in Australia and Southeast Asian states; and Australian engagement with Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. Avery has recently published articles on democracy and human rights in ASEAN and Southeast Asia in Democratic Theory, Contemporary Southeast Asia and Contemporary Politics, and is a co-editor (with Dr Sara Bice and Professor Helen Sullivan) on the forthcoming volume Public Policy in the ‘Asian Century’: Concepts, Cases and Futures. She has written many commentaries for outlets such as The Conversation, Asialink Diplomacy, Indonesia at Melbourne and The Diplomat, and given interviews on ABC News and CNBC. Avery completed her PhD and MA at The University of British Columbia in Canada, and her BA(Hons) and BComm at The University of Melbourne. Before commencing her academic career, she worked for KPMG in Audit and Corporate Recovery.   


Member of

  • Australian Institute of International Affairs. Member 2011 -
  • Australian Political Studies Association. Member 2011 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD (Political Science), University of British Columbia 2014
  • MA (Political Science), University of British Columbia 2005
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 2004
  • BComm, University of Melbourne 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I supervise students in various topics regarding international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Southeast Asia. I am particularly interested in topics on regionalism, including comparative regional analysis; human rights institutions in Southeast Asia; and the relationship between political transition and foreign policy in Southeast Asian states.