Dr. John A. Rees
BTh, MA, MTh Hons, MA(IR), PhD
Associate Dean (Academic Development)
Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations

Email: john.rees@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4104

Dr. John Rees is Associate Dean (Academic Development) and Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus)

Dr. Rees is an internationally recognised scholar of religion in international relations, with a focus on international development and foreign policy.

John is the foundation coordinator of the Politics and International Relations program at UNDA Sydney. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from the University of New South Wales.
Teaching Area
  • International relations theory and practice
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International development and security
Research Expertise and Supervision
  • Secularism and postsecularism in international relations
  • Religion and international development policy and practice
  • Religion and Australian foreign policy
  • Middle power diplomacy


Research and engagement

Rees, J.A. (2011) Religion in International Politics and Development: The World Bank and Faith Institutions (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing)

Baldino, D., Lundberg, D., Pietsch J., Rees, J. (2011) Contemporary Challenges in Australian Security (Melbourne: Palgrave MacMillan)
Book chapters
Rees, J.A. (2014) ‘Four Religions of Foreign Policy’ in A. McKay, J. Haynes & L. Herrington, eds., Nations Under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the 21st Century, (Bristol, UK: E-International Relations) *forthcoming October, 2014

Rees, J.A. (2013) ‘International Financial Institutions and Religion’, in M. Clarke ed., Handbook of Research on Development and Religion (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing), pp.268-285.

Rees, J.A. (2012) ‘‘Really Existing’ Scriptures: on the use of sacred text in international affairs’, in D. Johnston and D. Hoover, eds. Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings (Baylor University Press, 2012), pp.109-118
Journal articles and proceedings
Rees, J.A. (2014), ‘Religion in the Syntax of Political Power: a post-secular perspective on international relations’, Politics, Religion and Ideology * forthcoming September, 2014 DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2014.943360

Rees, J.A. (2013), ‘Religion Research in International Relations: A Taxonomy’, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol 48, Issue 1, pp.129-134

Rees. J.A. & McDuie-Ra, D. (2010), ‘Religious Actors, Civil Society and the Development Agenda: The dynamics of inclusion and exclusion’, Journal of International Development 22, 20-36

Rees, J.A. (2007), ‘Book Reviews in Religion and Politics’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 35 (3): 813-817 [London School of Economics and Politics]

Rees, J.A. (2006), ‘The Shi'ites, the West and the Future of Democracy: Reframing Political Change in a Religio-Secular World’, Portal: Journal of International Studies, 3:1, pp.1-22.
Conference papers
Rees, J.A. (2014), ‘Four Religions of Foreign Policy’, Oceanic Conference of International Studies, University of Melbourne, July 4-6

Rees, J.A. (2013), ‘Game of Thrones: On the Enduring Powers of Monarchy’, World History Association Conference, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Oct 3-5. *Closing conference address

Rees, J.A. (2012), ‘The Other Shia: Ismaili development practice in an age of “radical Islam” ’, Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Sydney, July 18 – 20.

Rees, J.A. (2011), ‘Religion in the Syntax of Political Power: a post-secular perspective on international relations’, CSWT Symposium, Campion College, Sydney, 7 December.

Rees, J.A. (2010), ‘The Dynamics of Religion at the World Bank’, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Oct 30 – Nov 1.

Rees, J.A. (2010), ‘Going Global: the creation of religion by International Organisations’, Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Auckland, New Zealand, June 30 – July 2.

Rees, J.A. (2010), ‘The Next Big Thing? Why religion may (not) shape international relations in the 21st century’, Evolving Borders: Identity and Affiliation in a Volatile International Landscape, American Graduate School of International Relations, Paris, France, June 1 – 2.
In the media
Rees, J.A., ‘Like it or not, monarchies are enduring for several reasons’, The Conversation, June 7, 2014. http://theconversation.com/like-it-or-not-monarchies-are-enduring-for-several-reasons-26588

Rees, J.A. ‘Religion and the Ukraine Crisis: Four Key Questions’, The Religion Factor, March 6, 2014. http://religionfactor.net/2014/03/06/religion-and-the-ukraine-crisis-four-key-questions/
Professional affiliations
Fellow, Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Committee Member, International Development and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion
2014: Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award, University of Notre Dame Australia

2009: Citations Award for Teaching Excellence, Office of Learning and Teaching (formerly Australian Learning and Teaching Council), Australian Government