PROF Adrian Hearn

PROF Adrian Hearn




  • Professor Adrian Hearn is an anthropologist who researches the cultural challenges and opportunities arising from international relations. 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? 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.

    In addition to his academic work, Adrian runs a multicultural arts project called Suns of Mercury, which brings together musicians from the Americas, Asia, and elsewhere to blend folkloric traditions with emerging styles.  Connect via the below links:

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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)

    2017-2020 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project scheme for “Seeds of Trust: Australia and Brazil in the Asian Century”, $171,400.

    2016-2018 Commonwealth Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) COALAR Grants Scheme for “Strengthening Australia-Cuba cooperation through urban food security," $44,000.

    2015-2017 São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) SPRINT scheme (with Professor Thaís Mauad) for “Achieving sustainable food production and irrigation in São Paulo and Melbourne” (FAPESP#: 2015/50081-2) $40,000.

    2015 Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: "China and the Caribbean: An Emerging Partnership", San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27th May, $12,000 USD

    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

    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

    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 Disintegratio   


Education and training

  • PhD (Anthropology), La Trobe University 2004
  • BA (Anthropology), University of Wisconsin 1988


Available for supervision

  • Y