Professor Tim Dunne
Professor Tim Dunne

BA (Hon) East Anglia, MPhil. Oxford, DPhil. Oxford

Phone: +61 (7) 3365 1822
Fax: +61 (7) 3365 1591
Office: Room E202, Forgan Smith Building
Post: The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia

Executive Assistant
Lisa Ashurst

Phone: +61 (7) 3365 1822


The Executive Dean is responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), ensuring that its Schools, Centres, and Institutes, contribute effectively to University’s goals in learning, research, and engagement.

Key duties include, though are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic leadership. Working with the Associate Dean (Academic) and the Associate Dean (Research), the Faculty Executive Officer, the Heads of Schools, and the Directors of Institutes and Centres, to deliver an institutional culture that is high achieving, rewarding, and supportive.
  • Governance. Set the strategic direction of the Faculty and oversee resource allocation. Ensure that appropriate structures and processes are in place for the governance of the Faculty Executive Committee and other key nodal points where collaboration and dialogue are needed to deliver optimal outcomes.
  • Beyond the University. Engaging with national and international polices in relevant academic areas. Pursuing appropriate avenues to secure additional revenue for the Faculty. Enhancing engagement with corporate stakeholders, alumni, and other partners locally and globally.

Tim brings to the role over 20 years of experience as researcher, educator and academic leader. His most recent appointment has been as Professor of International Relations and Research Director at UQ’s Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), where he led a successful application to AusAID for core Centre funding (2012-2015).

He joined UQ in 2010 from the University of Exeter (UK) where he was Professor of International Relations, and successively Head of Politics, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Tim began his career at Aberystwyth University in Wales, which is famous for having the oldest and one of the very best departments of International Relations in the world. His graduate training was at the University of Oxford.

He is internationally recognised for his work on human rights protection and foreign policy-making in a changing world order. He has written and co-edited ten books, including Human Rights in World Politics (1999), Worlds in Collision (2002), International Relations Theories (2007), and Terror in our Time (2012) co-authored with Ken Booth. Tim has extensive experience as a co-editor of leading journals, including the European Journal of International Relations (2009-2013) and the Review of International Studies (1998-2002). Tim brings a strong commitment to teaching and learning exemplified by his engagement in professional training of diplomats and senior armed forces in Europe, Africa and Australia.

In addition to traditional academic publications, Tim is a regular contributor to high profile websites and newspapers. As part of his duties in the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P, Tim has written several policy briefings and been involved in high-level discussions with governments and think tanks.

Further information about his recent and current research can be found at:

He maintains a personal academic webpage:

To follow Tim on Twitter: @timdunneAPR2P

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