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 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.

Dr Richardson obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian Studies from Monash University, and spent several years studying Japanese and Korean language as part of these programs. She also completed a Master’s in Political Science at Keio University in Tokyo, where she wrote a dissertation in Japanese on the “history problems” in Japan-ROK relations. Her PhD at ANU entailed one year of field work in both Japan and South Korea. She has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University, a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Award (2011), and a participant in the US-Korea NextGen Scholars Program (2015-16).


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

Abe's Visit to Australia


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a leadership challenge in September, and his approval ratings are in a slump. Xinhua

Should Shinzo Abe happen to meet Kim Jong-un

If Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not come to the table with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and attempt to resolve the abduction problem once again, he will likely become increasingly marginalised from regional denuclearisation efforts, writes Lauren Richardson.

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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