APSA 2020: Politics in the Age of Disruption and Realignment

21–23 September 2020 (PhD workshop to be held on 20 September 2020)

The Organising Committee, in collaboration with the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), is excited to be hosting the 2020 Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference 'APSA2020: Politics in the Age of Disruption and Realignment ' at Macquarie University.

Organising Committee

The organisers of APSA2020 are from the Discipline of Politics and International Relations (located within the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations), which includes:

  • Dr Sung-Young Kim (Chair)
  • Dr Adele Garnier (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Francesco Stolfi (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Ian Tregenza (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Bettie Ha (Departmental Administrator)
  • Ms Kelli-Lee Drake (Departmental Administrator)

Dr Sung-Young Kim is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy-Director of Research in the Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney.

He is a political scientist currently leading a project on 'The Sources of Competitive Advantage in Exporting Green Energy Systems', which examines why, what and how governments and corporations are promoting smart grids.

He is also one of four Chief Investigators on an ARC Discovery Project examining the political drivers and obstacles to clean energy transitions in Korea and China.

Dr Kim’s academic research publications include

  • "Hybridized industrial ecosystems and the makings of a new developmental infrastructure in East Asia’s green energy sector" Review of International Political Economy (2019)
  • “Transitioning from Fast-Follower to Innovator” Review of International Political Economy (2012
  • “The Politics of Technological Upgrading in South Korea” New Political Economy (2012)
  • “The Rise of East Asia’s Global Companies” Global Policy (2013)
  • “Developmental Environmentalism” (with E. Thurbon) Politics & Society (2015)
  • "Korea’s Greening Strategy: The Role of Smart Microgrids" (with J.A. Mathews) The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2016). He teaches courses on International Political Economy and the Comparative Politics of East Asia.

Adele Garnier is lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University and Director of the Master of Research in Politics and International Relations.

Her research investigates the interplay of regulatory levels (local to global) in migration and refugee policy in a comparative perspective. She has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesRefugeBrussels Studies, the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion and is the co-editor of Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance (with Liliana Lyra Jubilut and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Berghahn Books, 2018).

Francesco Stolfi is a lecturer in Comparative Public Policy in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.

He works on the political economy of policy-making in Europe and South East Asia, and his current research focuses on the politics of liberalisation and on how liberalisation reforms are shaped by and in turn affect the distribution of power among policy actors.

Most recently, his work has appeared in the Journal of Public Policy, Public Management ReviewPublic Policy and Administration and the Review of International Political Economy.

Ian Tregenza is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University.

His research interests include the intersection of religious and political thought and the history of secularism.

He has published widely on the history of Australian political and intellectual history and is the author (with Stephen Chavura and John Gascoigne) of Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity: A Secular State? (Routledge, 2019).


The Macquarie University campus is situated on the land of the Darug nation. The Darug people are the Traditional Custodians of this land. Traditionally, the Darug nation was divided into many clans who resided in a particular geographic area. The traditional clan of Macquarie University land is the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug nation.

The majority of the conference will take place in the new Arts Precinct building. Details on this innovative, state-of-the-art building can be found here.

Macquarie University is well serviced by bus and train services and we encourage staff, students and visitors to consider using public transport when coming to campus. We are fortunate to have our very own Sydney Metro train station at our doorstep (on the corner of Herring Road and University Avenue) plus a large network of public buses that connect the University to the rest of Sydney and beyond. There are several public bus stops within the campus boundary on University Avenue.

Further information on APSA2020 will follow in early 2020. Watch this space!