Associate Professor John A. Rees
BTh, MA, MTh Hons, MA(IR), PhD
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations and
Discipline Head in Politics and International Relations
Phone: 02 8204 4104
- International relations theory and practice
- Religion in world politics
- Foreign policy
- Select area studies in world politics
- International development and security
- Secularism and postsecularism in international relations
- Religion and international development policy
- Religion and foreign policy
- Political theology
- Secularism and Postsecularism in International Relations
- Religion and International / Foreign Policy
- Catholic Foreign Policy
Research and engagement
Baldino, D., Lundberg, D., Pietsch J., Rees, J. (2011) Contemporary Challenges in Australian Security (Melbourne: Palgrave MacMillan)
Rees, J.A. (2016) 'The Nation and the State' in J. Arvanitakis, ed., Sociologic: A Sociological Analysis of Everyday Life (South Melbourne, Oxford University Press), pp.179-196.
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), pp.109-118.
- Rees, J.A. & Smartt, T., eds. (2017) 'The Politics of Religious Freedom in the Asia-Pacific', The Journal of Religious and Political Practice, (forthcoming).
- Rees, J.A. & Miranda, J. eds. (2017) 'Reading Laudato Si' in East and Southeast Asia', Philippiniana Sacra, (forthcoming).
- Rees, J.A., ed. (2017) 'Reading Laudato Si' in the Philippines', Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics, (forthcoming).
- Rees, J.A. (2017). Intersectionality, International Relations and the Possibility of Religion Policy, Politics, Religion & Ideology, DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2017.1304849.
- Rees, J.A. (2014). 'Religion in the Syntax of Political Power: a post-secular perspective on international relations', Politics, Religion and Ideology, 15:3, pp.456-472.
- 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. (2010). 'The Next Big Thing? Why religion may (not) shape international relations in the 21st century'. American Graduate School of International Relations in Paris Graduate Conference. Found at http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/arts_conference/25/
- Rees, J.A. (2017), 'Global Institutions of Religion', Reimagining Difference: Being, Thinking and Practicing Beyond Essentialism. Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 13-15 September.
- Rees, J.A. (2016), 'Religion in International Relations: the state of scholarship', Colloquium, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, 23 November.
- Rees, J.A. (2016), 'Religion and International Development', American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 21 November.
- Rees, J.A. (2016), 'Religious literacy as a precursor to religious freedom in regional policy development', The Politics of Religious Freedom in the Asia-Pacific, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 15 September.
- Rees, J.A. (2016), 'Prophetic Hope: Global Institutions Between Optimism and Pessimism in an Age of Globalisation', Economy, Idolatry and Secularisation: In Conversation with William T. Cavanaugh, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 11 July.
- Rees, J.A. (2016), 'A Political Devotion', Mary at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, The University of Notre Dame Australia, March 3-4.
- Rees, J.A. (2015), 'Human Flourishing and the "Good That Governments Do": a postsecular reading of state authority', COMIUCAP Conference, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 20-22 July.
- Rees, J.A. (2014), 'Four Religions of Foreign Policy', Oceanic Conference of International Studies, University of Melbourne, 4-6 July.
- Rees, J.A. (2013), 'Game of Thrones: On the Enduring Powers of Monarchy', World History Association Conference, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, 3-5 October.
- Rees, J.A. (2012), 'The Other Shia: Ismaili development practice in an age of "radical Islam" ', Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Sydney, 18 – 20 July.
- Rees, J.A. (2012), '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, 1 November.
- 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.
- Economy, Idolatry and Secularisation: In Conversation with William Cavanaugh, Institute for Ethics and Society, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. July, 2016.
- Reading Laudato Si' in Asia, Academic, Association of East and South-East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASSEACCU) The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus, August, 2016.
- The Politics of Religious Freedom in the Asia-Pacific, Institute for Ethics and Society, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. July, 2016.
- Blog Curator and Lead Contributor: The Religion Gap, E-International Relations. For specific posts see www.e-ir.info/category/blogs/religiongap/
- Blog: 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
- Blog: 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/
- Forum: Celia Lam & John Rees, 'Celebrity Chat', Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, 8 October, 2015. www.youtube.com/watch?v=03f9yRTpxBc
- Interview: 'Politics and Religion' Wesley Impact! TV, Fox Studios (22 October, 2016). Broadcast Channel Nine 19 March, 2017.
- Interview: On the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, SBS World News, 13 February, 2016.
- Podcast: 'Free Speech, Hate Speech, and 18C with Peter Wertheim', Sociologic (FBi Radio), 9 September, 2016.
- Podcast: 'Trump Beyond 'WTF?' with Dr David Smith', Sociologic (FBi Radio), 15 May, 2016.
- Radio: Discussing the political relevance monarchies and the death of the Thai King, Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs, ABC Local Radio 666, Canberra, 18 October, 2016.
- Radio Co-presenter (with Prof. James Arvanitakis), 'Sociologic: Politic, News and Views', FBi Radio (94.5fm) 2014-2016.
Fellow, Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Committee Member, International Development and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion.
- Public Development Seminar: 'Trump - Chaos of Opportunity? Perspectives on a New Global Order' (with Dr David Smith and Ms Clare Stanford), The University of Notre Dame Australia, 28 March, 2017.
- Education Forum (Senior Secondary School): 'Thinking about religion-state relations around the world', A Public Faith (hosted by Sydney Catholic Schools), NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 10 March, 2017.
- Professional Development Workshop: 'Religion in the Policy Arena', Australian Council for International Development Annual Meeting, Canberra, 31 October, 2015.
- Public Forum: 'One Day for Peace: discussing religious diversity in Australia', media panel moderated by Geraldine Doogue, Parramatta Town Hall, 23 September, 2015.
- Public Lecture: 'The Four Religions of Foreign Policy': Toward a New Strategic Engagement', Religion and Society Research Public Lecture, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown, 19 November, 2015.
- Public Panel (Moderated by Geraldine Doogue, ABC), One Day For Peace, Hosted by Urban Theatre Projects, Parramatta Town Hall, Sydney 22 September, 2015. http://urbantheatre.com.au/news/one-day-public-panel/
- Professional Development Workshop: 'Religion and International Development, Practice' UnitingWorld, Sydney, 7 August, 2012.
2009: Citations Award for Teaching Excellence, Office of Learning and Teaching (formerly Australian Learning and Teaching Council), Australian Government
2004: Dr Beth Blackall Prize for Postgraduate Research, Sydney College of Divinity