About Michael Barr

Michael Barr is Associate Professor in International Relations (Academic Status), Flinders University. He gained his PhD in History at the University of Queensland in 1998 and then held research fellowships in History for several years. He shifted to Flinders University in 2007 where he taught International Relations until his retirement in December 2018.

Asian studies, Australia - Asia relations, Japan, Japan - Australia relations

Former ASAA President honoured by Emperor of Japan


Former President of the ASAA, Emeritus Professor Purnendra Jain, has been awarded the highest Japanese honour open to an academic. In a ceremony held in Adelaide on Friday 26 March, Consul-General Shimada Junji awarded Professor Jain the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of his “contribution to promoting academic […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Asian politics in Australian universities


In a world in which political developments in Asia are of central importance to Australia’s national interest, it is a sad truth that the teaching of Asian politics in Australian universities has suffered badly over the last decade or so. This is particularly the case in political science departments[1] and in Asian language departments, including […]