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Adrian Hearn

Professor In Latin American Studies
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Adrian Hearn

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Adrian Hearn


Professor Adrian Hearn is an anthropologist who researches the cultural challenges and opportunities arising from international relations. His books include:

  • Diaspora and Trust: Cuba, Mexico, and the Rise of China (Duke University Press 2016, linked here)

  • The Changing Currents of Transpacific Integration (Lynne Rienner 2016, linked here)

  • China Engages Latin America (Lynne Rienner 2011, linked here)

  • Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development (Duke University Press 2008, linked here)

Adrian's research is driven by questions about the interaction of global processes with local experiences.

What can Latin American, Australian, and Chinese cities teach each other about sustainable community food production and consumption? How can environmental education programs work more closely with First Nation communities? How might China's Belt and Road Initiative better address social and ecological concerns in partner countries?

Adrian explores these questions with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Open Society Foundations, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, AusAID, and others. Having lived in the United States for eleven years, Latin America for four years, and China for one year, he welcomes applications from national and international students seeking Masters or PhD supervision on these and related topics.

In addition to his academic work, Adrian leads a multicultural arts project called Suns of Mercury. The project's 360-degrees interactive film "Who Is Nature?" has featured in cultural festivals and classrooms in Australia, Latin America, and the United States.

Explore the "Who is Nature?" interactive film (click here)

Connect with Suns of Mercury through Facebook (click here) and its official website (click here)


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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”,


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,
2,000 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,

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 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

Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: "The China Factor in Mexico-U.S. Relations", the University of California-Berkeley, 22nd May,
2,000 USD

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),

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

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for "Refashioning the Pacific Rim: China’s Cooperative Programs with Latin America", $260,500

2009 University of Sydney Faculty of Arts Research Support Scheme (FARSS) grant for "A Profile of Latin American Studies in China",

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships







Professor In Latin American Studies

Languages And Linguistics

Chair, Section For Asia And The Americas

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)



Dr of Anthropology

La Trobe University

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

University of Wisconsin