Dr Nicholas Farrelly
BAS (Hons) (ANU), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
Dr Nicholas Farrelly is the Associate Dean in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific responsible for development and impact initiatives. In this role he leads the College’s engagement with a wide range of government, business and civil society organisations. After graduating from the ANU in 2003 with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Asian Studies, he completed his M.Phil and D.Phil at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2006, while a graduate student, Nicholas founded New Mandala, a website which has gone on to become the preeminent public forum in Southeast Asian Studies. After returning to Canberra from Oxford, in 2009 he was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Since 2011, he has held a number of key academic positions in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, including as convenor of the PhB program.
Nicholas recently served as a Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and as Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, an institution he helped establish in 2015. Nicholas is the Ambassador for the Westpac Research Fellowship program, sits on the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation National Selection Panel for the Future Leader and Research Fellow schemes, and works closely with a number of other Australian businesses to support the quality of their engagement with Asia.
His own academic research focuses on political conflict and social change in mainland Southeast Asia. He has examined these themes across the borderlands where Myanmar rubs against India, Bangladesh and China. While studying these areas, Nicholas has continued to research, write and lecture about Thailand, a country at the heart of some of his oldest academic interests. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Young leaders and professionals gathered with leading researchers, thinkers and practitioners in the majestic Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia on Wed 21 August to take a closer look
For Des, scholarly effort was a profoundly social activity. Across his career he accumulated a remarkable circle of friends, collaborators, admirers and critics, and, yes, a few enemies too.
New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a remarkable and contentious reign.