Lauren Richardson

Dr Lauren Richardson

Director of Studies


PhD (ANU), LL.M (Keio), MA, BA (Monash)

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Lauren Richardson

Lauren Richardson is Director of Studies and Lecturer at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh and Keio University (Japan). Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in shaping transnational diplomatic interactions in the context of Northeast Asia, particularly Japan-Korea relations. Her publications have focused on the South Korean anti-nuclear movement and the role of religion in Sino-Japanese diplomacy (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled Reshaping Japan-Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress.

She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Monash University, and a Master’s in Political Science from Keio University. Her PhD at the ANU entailed one year of fieldwork in South Korea and Japan. She has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International and Affairs and a participant in the US-Korea NextGen Scholars Program.


The Role of Non-State Actors in East Asian Politics DIPL8012, Instructor & Convenor, Postgraduate

Research Thesis DIPL8011, Convenor, Postgraduate

Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy DIPL8002, Convenor, Postgraduate

Leadership and Diplomacy DIPL2000, Co-Convenor (with Geoffrey Wiseman), Undergraduate

The Statue of Peace: a young girl that sits on a bench outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.

Comfort Women: Japan & South Korea’s simmering flashpoint

The historical issue of “comfort women” is still a simmering source of tension between Japan and South Korea.

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