Dr Charles T. Hunt is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the Social & Global Studies Centre, School of Global, Urban & Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a non-resident fellow at the Centre for Policy Research at the United Nations University in New York, USA, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P), School of Political Science & International Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Charles is currently an ARC DECRA fellow (2017-2021).
Charles’ background is in political science with specialisation in international relations and critical security studies. He has a PhD International Relations from the University of Queensland, Australia, as well as MA International Studies and a BSc (Joint Honours) Economics and Political Science – both from the University of Birmingham, UK. During his previous tenure at the University of Queensland, Charles was Senior Researcher in the Institute for Social Science Research (2008-2012), Leader for the protection of civilians program at the APR2P (2009 to 2015), Lecturer in International Security in the School of Political Science and International Studies (2012-2015) and has been an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security since 2009.
His research in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies focuses on four main areas:
- Changing nature of United Nations peace operations
- Peacebuilding and governance in conflict-affected countries and regions
- Evaluation, impact assessment and organisational learning in conflict management, peacebuilding and development programming
- The Protection of Civilians in armed conflict, the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) and prevention of mass atrocity crimes
Dr Hunt is widely published, having authored/edited six books and over thirty peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He is one of three Editors-in-Chief of the quarterly journal, Global Responsibility to Protect and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He is an accomplished researcher with extensive knowledge and experience of the UN policy community. In addition to traditional academic publications, Charles regularly writes editorials and commentaries for widely-read outlets, including the Washington Post, The Conversation, Global Observatory (International Peace Institute, New York), Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Interpreter (Lowy Institute, Sydney), and Australian Outlook (Australian Institute for International Affairs, Canberra). Full list of publications here.
Charles bridges academic rigor with practical engagement to improve policy on peace and security. He has worked with the Australian government over a number of years assessing their role in peace operations and as a Principal Advisor to DFAT’s Fragility and Conflict Panel. He regularly consults to the United Nations and selected member states and has been commissioned to write numerous policy papers, practical handbooks and guidance on issues of peace and security. Dr Hunt has worked extensively in Africa conducting field research in a number of locations (e.g. South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe) and performed consultancy roles with the the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States and a number of international humanitarian NGOs. Charles’ previous work for international organisations, think tanks, civil society organisations, NGOs and academic institutions in Africa, Asia and the Pacific has provided him with a global perspective on issues of peace, security and justice. List of policy papers, briefings and government reports here.