Prof Gary Rawnsley

Institute Director of International

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Professor Rawnsley's research is located at the intersection of International Relations and International Communications, and is concerned with demonstrating that it is impossible to understand today's strategic, security and diplomatic environments without also considering the role played by international communications and the media. This was the focus of his early research on international broadcasting and its contribution to the propaganda objectives of the American and British governments during the Cold War. His research now focuses on public diplomacy and soft power within an Asian context (and with particular reference to China and Taiwan), though he is now working on British soft power after the 2016 Brexit referendum.In addition to his interests in international strategic and political communication, he has also published on the relationship between democratic institutions and processes and the media, and on the role of the media in democratic transitions (especially in Taiwan). He is also interested in election campaigning in Taiwan which is informed by broader research on the global versus local in international political communication.

Professor Rawnsley maintains a blog on Public Diplomacy and International Communications which is available at


Gary Rawnsley is Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Department of International Politics, working at the intersection of international politics and communications. Professor Rawnsley has held visiting positions in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is book reviews editor of the Journal of International Communication and the International Journal of Taiwan Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Communication, the American Journal of Chinese Studies and Media and Communication. Professor Rawnsley is also a member of the Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre at Macquarie University and an External Fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham.

                                             In Semester 2 I am available to see students without appointment at the following times:

                                                               Tuesday 10-11 am                                    Wednesday 2-3 pm




He is happy to receive applications for PhD research on any of the following topics: Propaganda, public diplomacy, soft power, political communication, democratisation and the media, strategic communications, the media-military interface, communications and the 'War on Terror'. He can supervise research that focuses on Asia (especially China and Taiwan), but he is also happy to receive applications to research these topics in other geographical areas.