Caitlin Byrne

Prior to joining Griffith University, Caitlin was Assistant Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at Bond University, Gold Coast. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD), and alumna of the Asialink Leaders' Program 2016.

Caitlin’s teaching and research is focused on diplomacy and soft power in the Asia-Pacific with a special interest in the role and relevance of people-to-people links including those forged through international education, culture, sport and social media. Her research is published in a range of journals including Politics & Policy, The Hague Journal on Diplomacy, the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Caitlin currently leads a range of funded projects on themes spanning Australia’s sports diplomacy; cultural advocacy and diplomacy in ASEAN; and the challenge of digital diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.


Prior to joining academia, Caitlin had established a professional career which spanned strategic management, legal, foreign and social policy roles across government, business and community sectors. Caitlin currently sits on the Executive Council of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (Queensland), and the Australia-America Fulbright Commission's Scholarship Selection Panel (Queensland).

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