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 an Honorary 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 activities in the South China Sea and Australian responses to Beijing’s increasing engagement with neighbouring Pacific Island states.

Anna recently 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.

Recent media contributions:

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.

  • 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)
  • PL3250: Australia and World Politics (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; HIV/AIDS as a non-traditional threat to security; Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; Diaspora politics; Belt and Road Initiative
  • 2006 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer International Relations, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - USQ Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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  • A sociological exploration of the digital nomad lifestyle and its implications for the future of work (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Deep North and the Near North: The Relationship Between North Queensland and Japan, 1894-1991 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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