The School of Politics and International Relations Seminar Series attracts some of the world’s leading Political Science and International Relations scholars. The seminar series offers a supportive environment for the dissemination of both preliminary and developed research ideas. Seminars generate healthy audiences and lively discussion among academics in SPIR, visitors from other disciplines across the ANU and scholars from prestigious universities around the world. The seminar series is also fortunate to have our very own postgraduate students attend with fresh enthusiasm and challenging questions for debate.

SPIR seminars take place in The LJ Hume Centre, Level 1, Haydon-Allen Building, ANU during term-time. They are usually held on Thursdays from 12:00pm from 1:15pm, with an informal social event taking place after the seminar.

If you wish to have a paper considered for the series, please send a title, abstract, brief biography and preferred presentation date to the seminar coordinators, Prof. Keith Dowding ( and Dr Juliet Pietsch ( If you would like to be added to the Seminar email list please contact Carlos Eduardo Morreo (

Upcoming seminars


Previous seminars

26 March 2015: The Mass Political Consequences of Economic Reform in Latin America (Associate Professor Timothy Hellwig, Indiana University).

12 March 2015: The Effect of U.S. Troop Deployments on Human Rights (Assistant Professor Sam R. Bell, Kansas State University).

5 March 2015: Why Elections Fail (Professor Pippa Norris, Harvard University and The University of Sydney).

26 February 2015: What is a free and fair election? Evidence from Russia (Professor Stephen White, University of Glasgow).

Previous seminars in 2014


For details on these and future seminars also visit the SPIR Events page.

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