New Appointment Prof Bates Gill

New Appointment Prof Bates Gill

New Appointment Prof Bates Gill

Faculty of Arts, Department of Security Studies and Criminology is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Bates Gill as Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies.

Professor Gill is an internationally renowned scholar of strategic studies and China. He comes to us from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). From 2012 to 2015, he was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He also served as Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a globally-recognised top-ten think in international affairs, and previously led Asia- and China-related programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He has an extensive publishing record and wide-ranging research and policy networks in Europe, North America, China and the Asia-Pacific.

Professor Gill commenced his position on September 1, 2017. We wish him all the best here at Macquarie University.


Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an educator, scholar, and policy advisor. An academically-trained and internationally-respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Before joining the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, Dr Gill held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (2012-2017). He was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(2007-2012) and held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007). He also served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002).

Among his international honours, Dr Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch. In 2015, he was named a top-ten American China expert by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007.

Dr Gill’s work has resulted in more than 200 publications and research-related travel to more than 50 countries. He has consulted for corporations, government agencies, and philanthropic organisations, and has lectured widely and provided U.S. Congressional and other parliamentary testimony related to Asian and global affairs.

Dr Gill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London), serves on the board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), on the International Council of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and is a Senior Associate with Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. He is on the Editorial Board of China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges. In 2016, he was appointed as the Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies at Victoria University, in Wellington, New Zealand, a visiting professorship he held in August and September that year.

Dr Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. He has lived three years in China and Taiwan, ten years in Europe (France, Sweden, Switzerland), and five years in Australia. Dr Gill speaks, reads, and writes in Chinese, English, and French, and has learned basic Swedish.


Content owner: Department of Security Studies and Criminology Last updated: 30 Apr 2019 4:07pm

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