Dr. John A. Rees
BTh, MA, MTh Hons, MA(IR), PhD
Associate Dean (Academic Development)
Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations
Phone: 02 8204 4104
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.
- International relations theory and practice
- Australian foreign policy
- International development and security
- Secularism and postsecularism in international relations
- Religion and international development policy and practice
- Religion and Australian foreign policy
- Middle power diplomacy
Research and engagement
Baldino, D., Lundberg, D., Pietsch J., Rees, J. (2011) Contemporary Challenges in Australian Security (Melbourne: Palgrave MacMillan)
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
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.
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.
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/
Committee Member, International Development and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion
2009: Citations Award for Teaching Excellence, Office of Learning and Teaching (formerly Australian Learning and Teaching Council), Australian Government