Dr Emma Shortis

Dr Emma Shortis is a Research-only member at at the RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre.

Emma joined the EU Centre of Excellence in the Social and Global Studies Centre in June 2018. A historian by training, passionate about how history might help us think about building a different future. Emma’s research focuses on the history of international relations, and particularly Australia's relationships with the United States and the European Union. Her first book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, was published by Hardie Grant in 2021.

Emma is a regular, sought-after commentator on international relations in the Australian media. She writes regularly for outlets such as The Conversation and the Sydney Morning Herald, and hosts RMIT’s popular history and politics podcast, Barely Gettin' By.  In both 2020 and 2021, she was named RMIT University Media Commentator of the year.

 As a Lecturer with the EU Centre, Emma works on projects focused on the international context of regional climate transition in Australia. She is a member of research teams working with the Victorian Government on forestry transition, and with state and local government on the implementation of a circular economy.  These projects bring together government, business, research and education and civil society to co-design a shared vision for regional prosperity, environmental sustainability and social wellbeing, based on the ‘Smart Specialisation’ (S3) methodology pioneered in the EU.Emma is also a named Chief Investigator on the Jean Monnet Network on ‘Social and Scientific Innovation to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,’ funded by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Activities Program. 

Before joining RMIT, Emma was a Fox-Zucker International Fellow at Yale University. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in 2019, and has a Master’s Degree in International and European Studies from Monash University.

Dr Emma Shortis

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