Constance Duncombe


Constance Duncombe is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her research interests lie within critical and interdisciplinary engagements with contemporary global politics. Constance is particularly interested in the challenges associated with conceptualizing the political power of recognition and respect in relation to interstate engagement and foreign policy. Within this area she also focuses on digital diplomacy and the performance of identity, with specific reference to the intersection of emotion, gender and visual politics over Twitter.

Constance has published on her areas of research in the European Journal of International Relations, International Affairs, International Political Sociology, Global Change, Peace and Security and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Her book, titled “Representation, Recognition and Respect: The Case of Iran-US Relations”, was published with Manchester University Press in 2019. In collaboration with Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee (Monash University), Constance is involved with a range of research initiatives focusing on diversity and inclusion in security studies and national security, including on projects funded by the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) and Canadian National Defence. She is also part of the research team on the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg-funded project “Digital Diplomacy in a Turbulent World”, led by Professor Karin Aggestam.

She is currently an Associate Editor for The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and on the international advisory board of International Affairs. Constance received her PhD in International Relations at the University of Queensland and has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ, and in the School of Political Science and International Studies.