Julien Barbara

Fellow and Head of Department


BCom (Hons) (Melb), PhD (Melb)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 9612
Room: E3.13

Dr Julien Barbara is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, having joined DPA in mid-2013. From 2000 to 2013 he worked in a variety of policy positions in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). From 2010 to 2012 Julien was seconded to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) where he directed the Machinery of Government Program.

Julien’s research examines issues associated with post-conflict state-building and political development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on democracy and governance issues. Julien’s current research activities centre on the changing nature of political participation in the Pacific, elections in Melanesia, the politics of urbanisation and governance issues and policy reform prospects in the Pacific region. Julien is particularly interested in the relationship between policy research and the development of more effective evidence-based aid programming. He has worked widely across the Pacific region, particularly in PNG and Solomon Islands.

Julien completed his PhD in 2001 in the Department of Management at the University of Melbourne.


Baker, K and Barbara, J. (2020), ‘Revisiting the Concept of Political Participation in the Pacific’, Pacific Affairs, 93(1) March: 135-156

Barbara, J. (2019), ‘Governance and Political Adaptation: Constituency Development Funds in Solomon Islands and the Construction of a Melanesian State’ in J.I. Lahai, K. von Strokirch, H. Brasted and H. Ware (eds), Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States, Palgrave Macmillan

Barbara, J. and Walsh, L. (2018), ‘Realising the Potential of Universities as Significant Development Actors in Post-conflict Societies: A Case Study of the Solomon Islands National University’, Forum for Development Studies, 45(1)

Barbara, J. (2018), Thinking and Working Politically in the Vanuatu Skills Sector: Supporting Local Leadership and Building a Constituency for Change, Case Study Report prepared for the Vanuatu Skills Partnership, November

Barbara, J. and Wood, T. (2018), ‘Anticipating the Solomon Islands national elections’, Department of Pacific Affairs In-Brief Series, 2018/26

Barbara, J. (2015), ‘Nation-Building and the Development Case for Cultural Heritage: Solomon Islands’ in K. Reeves, G.R. Bird, L. James, B. Stichelbaut and J. Bourgeois (eds.), Battlefield Events: Landscape, Commemoration and Heritage, Routledge

Rita Pearson, 2015 election candidate in Taonita Teop, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, with some of her campaign team. Image SSGM

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