Erin Watson is the Director of Asialink Diplomacy at the University of Melbourne. Asialink is Australia’s leading centre for Australia’s engagement with Asia. Erin is also the Chair of the Advisory Board at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University. Erin has a decade of experience in the higher education sector in both academic and professional roles, previously Erin was appointed at Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific.
Erin's program of research, policy and dialogues has predominantly focused on South Asia, the ASEAN region and Australia’s engagement with Asia. These projects have focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, politics, international relations and foreign policy and travels to the region regularly to deliver keynotes on these topics and represent Australia at dialogues including the G20 (Turkey and China). Erin has an extensive background working with state and federal government departments and political offices. Erin is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, she was a finalist in the not-for-profit category of the Women’s Agenda Emerging Leaders Awards, won the Australian Government’s Policy Hack, was a Global Voices Scholar, and a visiting library scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Erin has published in Australia, China, and India in academic journals through to mainstream media and regularly provides commentary on radio and television including SKY News Politics HQ, ABC’s Q&A and Radio National.