Dr. Aran Martin


Dr Aran Martin is an associate at Alexandria Agenda. He completed a PhD in Political Science at Melbourne University and a Bachelor of International Relations with Honours at La Trobe University.

He has over seven years of experience as a project manager with the Centre for Dialogue, is the editor of the internationally refereed journal Global Change, Peace & Security (Routledge) and is a lead investigator on the Australia Mediation and Peacemaking Project with the Melbourne School of Government.

Dr Aran Martin has extensive experience delivering research services to government in the CVE field and more broadly. Dr Martin is a current member of the Victorian Department and Premier and Cabinet’s Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC), the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) Research Multi Use List (RMUL), and the Australian Mediation Association. From 2012-2013 Dr Martin was a member of the Attorney General’s Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel. In 2016-17 he was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to undertake an international review of approaches to state support for peace process in half a dozen countries to inform the department’s process of institutional reform.


Dialogue facilitation

  • Primary responsibility for the development and staging of the Australia-China High-Level Talks. The first dialogue was held in Beijing from 6-8 December 2013. It marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, and provided a unique opportunity for senior figures in the business, policy-making and academic communities of the two countries to explore in a highly interactive format current and future trends, likely challenges and possible responses.
  • Facilitation and project management of community mediation and capacity building initiatives, including the Sri Lankan Community Dialogue and the Darebin/ Whittlesea local government Interfaith Mentoring program.
  • Facilitation of high level policy roundtables, including the Mediation in Australian Foreign policy roundtable', Australian Civil Military Centre, Canberra, Australia, 5 September 2014 and 'Australian Mediation and Peacemaking Roundtable', Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 5 September 2014.

    Research and strategy

  • Expertise in the research and policy fields of mediation and conflict resolution, resource politics and export controls in the context of climate change, environmental crises, global civil society and the international relations of the Asia-Pacific.
  • Strategic development and evaluations of economic and cultural outcomes for Sister City and Friendship agreements between Australian and overseas partners.
  • Extensive professional experience in countries including Australia, Colombia, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, China and Japan.
  • Dr. Aran Martin

    Melbourne University - Swanston St
    VIC, 3010
    Email: aran.martin@unimelb.edu.au