University appoints new Provost

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Professor Nicola Phillips

The University of Melbourne has appointed Professor Nicola Phillips to be its new Provost, starting later this year.

Professor Phillips will develop and oversee academic policies, program development and learning and teaching activities across the University and play a significant role in supporting the implementation of the Advancing Melbourne 10-year strategy for the institution.

Professor Phillips, who is acknowledged for her research leadership in politics and international studies, is currently Vice President & Vice Principal (Education) and Professor of Political Economy at King’s College London.

Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said: “I am delighted that Professor Phillips is joining us at the University of Melbourne. She has demonstrated exceptional academic leadership and will bring additional insights, global experience and best practice in academic policies and teaching to our institution. Her experience in delivering complex strategic plans, innovation and improved student experiences will complement the skills and strength of our University executive team.”

Professor Phillips said: “The University of Melbourne has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research, both locally and internationally. It is an honour to have been appointed as Provost and I am excited to join an institution that is determined to make a difference in society and is collaborating with like-minded global institutions to develop our leaders of the future.”

Professor Phillips graduated from King’s College London with an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies and has a MSc in Comparative Government and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has held posts at the Universities of Warwick, Manchester and Sheffield and held visiting positions and fellowships at a range of institutions, including the Australian National University, the University of British Columbia and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Her research and teaching focuses on global political economy, with interests in global economic governance, labour in global production, migration in the global economy and global inequality.

Professor Phillips was the Chair of the British International Studies Association in 2015-2016, and a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Politics and International Studies. She has been editor of the Review of International Political Economy, and editor and editor-in-chief of the New Political Economy.

She is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several journals and book series, including Review of International StudiesInternational Affairs, and the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series. She received the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016. She was the 2018 recipient of the International Studies Association’s J. Ann Tickner prize.

Professor Phillips will commence her new position in September.