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

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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