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University of Lincoln
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About Simon Obendorf

Prior to taking up my position at the University of Lincoln, I taught at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University in Australia and at UNSW Asia (University of New South Wales) in Singapore. In addition to undergraduate degrees in both law and politics, I hold a doctorate in international relations from the University of Melbourne. My research examines international theory and transnational processes from the perspective of everyday materials regarding sexuality in postcolonial Asia. When not in front of a computer screen or a classroom, I can usually be found browsing a bookshop, watching a movie or documentary, planning my future travels, or engaged in an ongoing quest for the perfect espresso.

Department Responsibilities

I am Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) International Relations, BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics and BA (Hons) International Relations and Social Policy degrees. At first-year level I lecture in the modules “Global Conflicts and Contexts”. I teach and coordinate the second-year module “Internationalising Cultural Studies”. Together with Claire Randerson I convene the second-year “Model United Nations” module. At third-year level I teach and coordinate the capstone international relations module “The Colonial Present” as well as the modules “Body Politics” and “The Developing World”. I also contribute lectures to the “Human Rights” module and supervise final-year students’ independent studies. My postgraduate teaching includes the Masters-level modules “Postcolonial Studies” which I coordinate and teach, as well as contributions to postgraduate modules including “Global Issues in Gender and Sexuality” and “International Human Rights.” I also supervise MPhil and PhD candidates. Together with colleagues in the School, I arrange and lead an annual overseas study tour for students of international relations. These tours involve both visits to key international organisations and political institutions as well as briefings from diplomatic, military, political and civil society figures. In recent years, students on these tours have visited New York City, Washington DC, Brussels, The Hague, Strasbourg and Geneva. Together with Dr Ana Jordan, I co-convene the School’s Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster. I am the chair of the School’s Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Gender Charter Mark committee.

Subject Specialism

International Relations, Postcolonial Studies, Asian Studies, Gender & Sexuality, LGBTQ+ Studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy — University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) — University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours — University of Melbourne, 2000


  • Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend — Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Commonwealth of Australia,
  • Published Research Prize — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne,
  • Raynes Dickson Memorial Exhibition for Human Rights Law — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne,
  • Robert Craig Exhibition for Law and Society in Southeast Asia — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne,
  • Jessie Leggatt Scholarship for Law and Society in Japan — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne,


Co-Editor, Institute of Postcolonial Studies Occasional Papers (2003-present) ISSN: 1448-2339 Member and Hon. Secretary, Editorial Board of Writing Past Colonialism series, University of Hawai’i Press, 2003-2006. In-service training: ‘Diverse Genders and Sexualities: A Context for Service and Communication for Health Care Providers’ for the Sexual Health Unit, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, July 2004. Research Intern, Parliament of Victoria. ‘Women‘s Health in the Victorian State Electoral Province of Chelsea’ (Victorian Parliamentary Library, 1996).

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Research Interests

  • East Asian Politics and Society

  • Gender and Sexuality

  • International Relations Theory

  • Postcolonial Studies

  • Southeast Asian Politics and Society

  • LGBTQ+ Studies

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