Ms Hien Phan
Casual Academic

Ms Hien Phan

B.Sc. Politics and International Relations (University of Bath, UK)

M.Sc. Global Politics (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

I am an International Relations researcher specialising in geopolitical security and currently conducting doctoral research on ASEAN regionalism at UNSW. I am also looking into entrepreneurship and fintech in ASEAN, collaborating with the Business School and the UNSW ASEAN Society.

Prior to UNSW, I was with Vietnam’s State Audit Office, a constitutional agency reviewing national budget and economic activities. I was responsible for the Office’s cooperation with international bodies like the EU, International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutes (INTOSAI), and Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutes (ASOSAI), focusing on policy and best-practices exchange.

Before that, I was at South Korea’s national development institute researching Chinese government leadership and its effects on domestic and international policies. I hold a bachelor in International Relations from Bath University in the UK and a Master in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.

PhD project

  • Title: Politics of domestic legitimacy enhancement and Southeast Asian states’ strategies of engaging within Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • Supervisors: Dr. Alexander Korolev and A/prof. Andrea Benvenuti
  • This project aims to offer an original explanation and categorisation of the variation on ASEAN engagement strategies pursued by its member states. This project covers case studies in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia.

In progress collaborative papers

  • The Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia: A delicate Balance Between External and Internal Security
  • EU and ASEAN in the context of major powers' rivalry: Engaging with intergovernmental regional organisations to pursue independence foreign policy
  • Tackling Unequal Access to Digital Education in Vietnam During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Public policy case study paper)


My Teaching

I am currently tutoring:

ARTS 2816: The Global Politics of Inequality