Benjamin Day

  • Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University


Ben is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University. His research explores the role of political leaders in foreign policy decision-making, especially in relation to international development policy. Ben is co-author, with Valerie M. Hudson, of Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory (3rd edition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), a leading textbook in the subfield of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). 

Ben is an associate of the ANU’s Development Policy Centre and was an Australian National Fellow at King’s College London in late 2019.

Prior to academia, Ben worked in the international development sector for a decade as an aid worker, a consultant, and a program manager, including three years working on health sector reform in Papua New Guinea.

Academic biography

Research topics

My current research investigates how leaders conceptualise global order, including the role foreign aid plays in notions of order building.

Contributions to

Justice in International Relations: Vaccine Nationalism during COVID-19 (Disciplinary Brief)
Discipline(s): Social Sciences
Theology: Justice