Dr Tom Chodor

Tom Chodor is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to joining Monash, he was the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and a Lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and PhD from the Australian National University.

Tom’s research interests are in the areas of International Political Economy, International Relations, globalisation and global governance. In particular, he is interested in the struggles over consent and hegemony within the neoliberal world order, and the transformative possibilities that emerge from such struggles. In his previous research project, he explored these themes in the Latin American context, in particular examining the ‘Pink Tide’ of leftist governments elected throughout the region since 1998, and their transformative and emancipatory potentials.

His current research agenda explores these themes at the global level, by examining the transformations in the global political economy brought about by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the ‘Rise of the South’: the emergence of Rising Powers from the Global South, especially the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). In particular, he is working on two projects.

Firstly, he is examining the attempts by the G20 to construct a new consensus on the governance of the global economy since the Global Financial Crisis. This project involves analysis of the attempts of the G20 to incorporate and socialise a wide variety of new actors into the global governance system, from the rising powers form the South, to ‘civil society’ actors broadly understood. His project seeks to analyse the dynamics of this process, and trace the origins and key themes of the new consensus that is emerging from it.

His second project (together with Dr Jarrett Blaustein) involves a study of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the emergence of the ‘crime-development paradox,’ namely the ways in which crime and development are linked and have become part of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Research Expertise:

  • International Political Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Rising Powers/BRICS
  • Global Governance
  • Development
  • Far Right Populism
  • International Relations Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Latin American Politics
  • Politics of the Global South