Erin Watson-Lynn is the Director of Asialink Diplomacy at the University of Melbourne. Asialink is Australia’s leading centre for Australia’s engagement with Asia. Erin is also the Chair of the Advisory Board at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University. Erin has a decade of experience in the higher education sector in both academic and professional roles, previously Erin was appointed at Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific.
Erin's program of research, policy and dialogues has predominantly has focused on South Asia and ASEAN regions and Australia’s engagement with Asia. These projects have focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, politics, international relations and foreign policy. She regularly travels to the to deliver keynotes on these topics and to represent Australia at dialogues including the G20 (Turkey, China and Argentina), ASEAN Australia New Zealand Dialogue (Malaysia), and the Asia Europe Think Tank Dialogue (Myanmar). Erin has an extensive background in government relations collaborating with state and federal government departments and political offices. Erin is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, she was a finalist in the not-for-profit category of the Women’s Agenda Emerging Leaders Awards, won the Australian Government’s Policy Hack, was a Global Voices Scholar, and was a visiting library scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Erin has published in Australia, China, and India in academic journals through to mainstream media and regularly provides commentary on radio and television including SKY News Politics HQ, the Bolt Report and the Friday Show, and ABC’s Q&A, the Drum and Radio National.