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Phillip Darby was educated at the Universities of Melbourne (MA, LLB) and Oxford – at St.Catherine’s and Nuffield Colleges (D.Phil).  He taught at the University of Melbourne from 1969 to 2017, and is a principal fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He has published on imperial history, postcolonialism, international relations and security studies, mostly drawing on material from South Asia and Black Africa.  His most recent publication is an edited collection From International Relations to Relations International: Postcolonial Essays, dedicated to the memory of Devika Goonewardene (Routledge 2016).

Together with Michael Dutton he founded the Institute of Postcolonial Studies in 1996 and was its foundation director up until early 2019.

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