Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA
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- International Relations Theory
- International Security (non-traditional security discourse)
- International Organisations
- Forced Migration
POLS6301 Honours Research Methods
POLS7701 Master’s Research Methods
My research interests focus primarily on international efforts to provide institutional and legal forms of protection to civilians and forced migrants. My first book, A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines the origins and evolution of refugee protection from 1648 to the present. My co-edited book, with Alexander Betts entitled Implementation in World Politics: How Norms Change Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014), examines the difficulties in implementing even strongly institutionalized human-centered norms. My current work focuses on institutional and legal protections for internally displaced persons. I have published in a variety of outlets within the fields of international relations and forced migration studies, including Global Governance, International Affairs, the Review of International Studies, and Refugee Survey Quarterly.
Prior to joining UQ, I served as a Canadian Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum Post-Doctoral Fellow. I hold a PhD from the University of British Columbia, and previously worked as the Assistant to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Internally Displaced Persons. I am also the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
- Phil Orchard A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the Construction of International Cooperation(Cambridge University Press, 2014).
- Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds.) Implementation in World Politics: How Norms Change Practice(Oxford University Press, 2014).
- Phil Orchard Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality (Routledge, 2016 [under contract]).
Protecting the Internally Displaced: Rhetoric and Reality (under contract, Routledge) examines how the emergence of IDP protection as an international issue in the past twenty years has challenged basic understandings around similar issues, including refugee protection, migration, humanitarianism, and international humanitarian and human rights law. The book examines these issues as separate regimes, and uses theories of regime complexity to explore how the emergence of the internally displaced persons protection regime over the past twenty years has interacted, transformed, and undermined other existing regimes.
Improving the International Response to Regime-Induced Displacement – this ARC Discovery funded project (DP150102453) examines why governments increasingly use force to deliberately displace their own populations on a massive scale, which is termed regime-induced displacement. Through a mix of quantitative and case study research, this project explains why such actions have become rational strategies for regimes to respond to ethnic groups which may be a threat to them and how these regimes try to justify their behaviour in order to thwart or delay international action. This is a critical issue as beyond its human cost, regime-induced displacement can lead to state fragility and regional instability as cases from Darfur to Syria demonstrate.
Filling the Social Justice Gap - Phil is part of a seven university team, led by Dr. Susan Banki (University of Sydney), which has received an Innovation and Development Grant from the Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching to develop a social justice simulation module designed to provide students with practical experiences in campaign advocacy. Further information on the project is available here.