Dr Anna Hayes is a senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, Australia. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asia Security Centre, a collaborative enterprise between Bond University, China Foreign Affairs University and the University of New Haven. 

Anna specialises in non-traditional threats to security, with a particular focus on the People’s Republic of China. Her research examines the ongoing human insecurity of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including Xinjiang’s position within China’s Eurasian pivot as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. She has also published on Australia’s use of the terminology of Indo-Pacific post-Federation, and how the Indo-Pacific concept undergirds Australia’s regional and strategic outlook, including its Two Ocean Naval strategy. Anna is currently examining Australian responses to China’s increased land reclamation and militarisation activities in the South China Sea and Australian responses to Beijing’s sharp power strategies. 

In 2016, Anna co-edited: Inside Xinjiang: Space, place and power in China’s Muslim Far Northwest (Routledge, 2016) with Associate Professor Michael Clarke from the Australian National University, examining the unfolding situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Anna's chapter titled 'The Kashgar Dangerous House Reform Program: social engineering, "rebirth of the nation", and a significant building block in China's creeping genocide', is part of Michael Clarke's edited volume: The Xinjiang Emergency: Exploring the causes and consequences of China's mass detention of Uyghurs.

Selected Open Access Peer Reviewed Articles:

Hayes, Anna 2020, '"Arab Revitalisation" and the Uyghur Crisis: the problematic nature of Sino-Arab cooperation in the "Silk Road Spirit" era', Peer reviewed conference paper, 2019 US Naval War College and East Asia Security Centre Conference, Between Scylla and Charybdis: Is there a Middle Path for Middle Powers in the Indo-Pacific?, Invitational Conference at Bond University, 3-5 October 2019. 

Hayes, Anna 2019, 'The Quad: a perennial element in Australia's strategic outlook', Peer reviewed conference paper, 2019 East Asia Security Centre Conference, Grand Games Among Major Powers: Confrontation or Competition?, Conference at China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing China, 28 June 2019. 

Hayes, Anna 2018, 'From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Evaluating Australia's changing terminology', Peer reviewed conference paper, 2018 East Asia Security Centre Conference, Great Power Competition or Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific?, Conference at China Foreign Affairs Univeristy, Beijing China, 29 June 2018. 


Recent media contributions:

Interview on The World, 30 March 2021. Interviewer: Beverely O'Connor. Aired: 30 March 2021. 

Interview in The Guardian, 28 July 2020. Interviewer: Helen Davidson. Covid-19 outbreak in Xinjiang prompts fears of spread in China's camps. 

Contribution by Anna Hayes to Fair Observer, 16 June 2020. Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights.

Contribution by Anna Hayes to ChinaFile, 4 November 2019. How Should Universities Respond to China's Growing Presence on their Campuses? 

Article by Anna Hayes in The Conversation, 15 February 2019. Explainer: Who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them.

Interview in the Fair Observer, 25 March 2019. Interviewer: Kourosh Ziabari: China's Uighur Persecution: Ethnic Diversity is a Challenge to Beijing

Cited in article by Vicky Xiuzhong Xu and Jamie Tarabay in The New York Times, 13 April 2019. In Australia, Muslims call for pressure on China over missing relatives.

Anna has also been interviewed for articles examining China-related content by Fox News, the New York Times, News.com.au, the BBC, and freelance documentarians. 

  • PL1001: The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science (Level 1; CNS)
  • PL2110: Government and Politics in Developing Areas (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • PL2153: International Politics and Foreign Relations (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • PL3004: Contemporary Chinese History, Politics and Foreign Relations (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • PL5110: Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • PL5153: Politics and Foreign Relations (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Human (in)security; Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; Belt and Road Initiative; Indo-Pacific security; Quad.
  • 2006 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer International Relations, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - Inclusive Practice Teaching Award
  • 2011 - USQ Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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  • Receptivity, Affect, Endurance and Democracy: A Comparison Between Two Political Organizations, La Madres de Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and, the Townsville Feminist Collective in North Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Global Governance in the era of COVID-19: Application of regime theory in the comparative study of the global response to SARS in 2003 and COVID-19 in 2020 (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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