Professor Timothy Doyle

 Position Professor
 Org Unit School of Social Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4489
 Location Floor/Room 5 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background


    Professor Timothy Doyle, B.A. Hons. (Melb), M.A. High Distinction (Adel), Ph.D. (Griffith), is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he teaches Global Environmental Politics, International Political Economy and Political Fiction. He was Founding Chair and is immediate-past-Co-Director of The Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (IPGRC) in the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts.

    He also holds other university affiliations. He is Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom. At Keele, he served as Founding Head of the Research Centre for Politics, International Relations and Environment (RC for SPIRE). Doyle is also Distinguished Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University, Western Australia.

    Professor Doyle has taught and contributed to university courses in the United Kingdom, the United States, Malaysia, India and Australia and has been a dedicated environmental and human rights activist since the 1980s.

    In 2014, the Commonwealth of Australia appointed Professor Doyle as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Academic Group (IORAG) for 2014 – 15 with a remit to encourage and lead closer academic cooperation and output on Indian Ocean issues and projects relevant to IORA members. The IORA Academic Group, based in Ebene, Mauritius, was created to provide an opportunity to build bridges and increase networking between the three tiers of government, the private sector and academia within the Indian Ocean Rim.

    Currently, Doyle is Project Leader for the Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2012-2015) entitled: ‘Building and Indian Ocean Region.’ The remit: ‘The Indian Ocean Region, of vital geopolitical importance to Australia, is the heart of the Third World - overwhelmed by chronic poverty, precarious political systems, and conflicting ethno-religious identities. This project will document attempts at constructing regional identities and institutions, and facilitate the process of building a secure Region’.

    He is the current Chief Editor of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Routledge: London and New Delhi); and serves on the editorial board of the international journal Social Movement Studies (Routledge: London). He is editor of the Introductions to Environment – Society and Environment Series for Routledge, and also serves as series editor, with Phil Catney, of the Transforming Environmental Politics and Policy Series, Ashgate, London. He is founding Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) based in Chandigarh and Perth.

    Professor Doyle has published widely in a diverse range of journals including Third World Quarterly, Geopolitics, Environmental Politics, Critical Social Policy, Social Movement Studies, Mobilization, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, and Social Alternatives.



  • Publications

    Research Interests

    Professor Doyle’s research interests include: the Politics and International Relations of the Environment; Politics and International Relations of the Indian Ocean Region; Indo-Pacific Governance; International Political Economy; Human and Environmental Security; and Political Fiction.

    Several of these interests converge in his most recent book, Dyandi: A political fiction, (Melbourne Books: Melbourne, Australia 2014), a novel which documents environmental destruction and militant green resistance in the Philippines.

    His most recent works include the books:

    Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change with S. Chaturvedi (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK and New York 2015)

    Environment and Politics with D. McEachern, and S. MacGregor (Routledge: London and New York; four editions 1998, 2001, 2008, 2015 translated into Korean and Turkish).

    Indian Ocean Regionalisms, with D. Rumley (eds) (Routledge: London, 2015).

    Dyandi: A Political Fiction (Melbourne Books: Melbourne, Australia 2014)

    Environmentalism, Resistance and Solidarity: The Politics of the Friends of the Earth International with B. Doherty (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke 2014)

    Environmental Movements around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture with S. MacGregor (eds.) (Praeger: Santa Barbara, California, 2014)

    Beyond Borders: Environmental Movements and Transnational Politics, edited with B. Doherty (Routledge: London and New York 2008)

    Crucible for Survival: Environmental Security and Justice in the Indian Ocean Region edited with M. Risely (Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London 2008). 

    Environmental Movements in Minority and Majority Worlds: A Global Perspective (Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London 2005)

    Green Power: the Environment Movement in Australia (University of New South Wales Press: Sydney 2001)

    Environmental Politics and Policy Making in Australia with A. Kellow (Macmillan: Melbourne 1995)

    Current book contracts include:

    The Return of the Indo-Pacific, with D. Rumley and S. Chaturvedi (Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 2016).


    Green Underground: Environment, Development and Public Action under Authoritarian Regimes with Mohamed Salih (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke UK 2016);


    Cash Ecology: Green Political Economy and the ‘Sustainable’ Global Financial Crisis, (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK and New York 2016).

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesInternational Relations , Politics & Government
    ExpertisePolitics and International Relations of the Environment; Indo-Pacific Governance; The Indian Ocean Region; Global South; Global Political Economy; Social Movements, Political Fiction.
    NotesAt Adelaide, he was Founding Chair of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre. Additionally, he is Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University in the United Kingdom. At Keele, he served as Founding Head of the Research Centre for Politics, International Relations and Environment. He is Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group

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