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Nicholas Farrelly

Professor and Head of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania

Nicholas Farrelly is Professor and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

After graduating from the ANU in 2003 with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Asian Studies, he completed his M.Phil and D.Phil at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2006, while a graduate student, Nicholas founded New Mandala, a website which has gone on to become the preeminent public forum in Southeast Asian Studies. After returning to Canberra from Oxford, he was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

From 2011, he held a number of key academic positions in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, including as a Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and as Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, an institution he helped establish in 2015. From 2017-2019 he was Associate Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific responsible for development and impact initiatives.

Nicholas is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

He took up his current position at the University of Tasmania in January 2020. Nicholas is also on the board of the Australia-ASEAN Council. He writes and publishes in his personal capacity.


  • 2020–present
    Professor, University of Tasmania
  • 2008–2019
    Various academic roles, The Australian National University

Research Areas

  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific (160606)