USQ Singapore Alumni Chapter is proud to count so many talented Graduates among our Alumni. This post spotlights the thought leadership of Dr Laura Allison-Reumann, Research Fellow at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr. Laura Allison-Reumann is also an Associate Fellow of the EU Centre, Singapore. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland. She has also completed exchange programmes and fellowships at Lund University, Sweden; the University of Trento, Italy; and the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Laura's research interests include comparative regionalism, comparative federalism, Asian politics and
European politics. She is the author of "The EU, ASEAN and Interregionalism: Regionalism Support
and Norm Diffusion between the EU and ASEAN", published by Palgrave Macmillan (2015) as part of
their EU in International Affairs series. Her book explains how the European Union promotes
economic integration, institutionalisation and human rights to the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN), which provides a unique insight into the dynamics of inter-regionalism and the
capacity of regional organisations to shape international relations.
Dr. Allison-Reumann has also recently coauthored an article, "People-Oriented’ Aspirations: Civil Society Influences on Non-Traditional Security Governance", in the Australian Journal of International Affairs. In this article, ASEAN's role in the management of non-traditional security issues such as maritime piracy and natural disasters are examined. How ASEAN works together with civil society to address such security issues, is also a focus of this publication.
Her latest research project is "Federalism in Asia". Together with members of her research team she is co-authoring a book entitled "Rethinking Federalism in Asia". This project involves a range of issues such as federalism and democracy; federalism, religion and secularism; and constitutionalism in Asia. In collaboration with her colleagues she is developing the concept of "hybrid federalism"; to capture the dynamics taking place in constitutionally federal countries such as India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Nepal. Other countries such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines are also studied in relation to their debates on federalism, processes of decentralisation and special autonomy arrangements. In particular, the project is concerned with the role which federalism plays in mitigating ethnic tension and conflict in the diverse, and at times, deeply divided states within
the Asian region.
It is hoped that Laura's latest project will make a contribution to the establishment and maintenance of peace
among and within states in Asia and the inclusion and representation of minority groups at the local
and national levels.
As part of her research role, Dr. Allison-Reumann has been invited to numerous international conferences to
present her research and has co-organised international workshops bringing together academics and
practitioners from around the world to discuss political developments within the region in relation to
federalism in Asia.
Proposals for and debates on both regionalism and federalism often emerge after periods of violent
unrest. The value of Dr. Allison-Reumann's research lies in its analysis of how political practices can prevent
violent conflict and discrimination, and facilitate peaceful relations between and among countries and
peoples. In many cases, her research focuses on post-conflict solutions and developments that aim at
ensuring the prevention of a recurrence of the atrocities of war, and pathways towards economic
recovery and development.
In the future Dr. Allison-Reumann aspires to deepen her knowledge and broaden her research on the impact
regional organisations have on global affairs as well as issues related to the EU and ASEAN in
particular. She will also concentrate on the diffusion of norms and ideas among a range of political
actors and federal design for diverse states.
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