Professor Aurelia George Mulgan graduated BA Auckland, BA Hons, and MA Victoria University of Wellington. After graduate studies at Osaka University of Foreign Studies and Tokyo University, Professor George Mulgan completed a PhD at ANU in Japanese Politics. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales in 1985, she was a Research Fellow in the Australia-Japan Research Centre at ANU. In 1990 she was awarded the J.G. Crawford Award at ANU for outstanding work in Japanese political economy, in 2001 an Ohira Memorial Prize for her book on Japanese agricultural politics, and in 2010 the Toshiba Prize for the best article published in the British Association of Japanese Studies journal Japan Forum. In 1989-90, she held a Japan Foundation Fellowship for the study of US-Japan relations, in 1993, an Advanced Research Fellowship at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations, and in 1994-95 an Abe Fellowship for work on Japan and international peacekeeping. She has held visiting research or teaching positions at the Research Institute for Peace and Security in Tokyo, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, Nanzan University, the University of Tsukuba and The Australian National University. In 2002 she was a Senior Fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU and in 2005, a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia. In 2004, 2009 and 2013 she was awarded three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants for work on Japanese political economy.
Professor George Mulgan has published on many aspects of Japanese politics, foreign and defence policies. She is the author of The Politics of Agriculture in Japan (Routledge 2000), Japan’s Failed Revolution: Koizumi and the Politics of Economic Reform (ANU Press 2002), Japan’s Interventionist State: MAFF and the Agricultural Policy Regime (Routledge/Curzon 2005), Japan’s Agricultural Policy Regime (RoutledgeCurzon 2006), Power and Pork: A Japanese Political Life (ANU Press 2006) and Ozawa Ichiro and Japanese Politics: Old Versus New (Routledge 2014). She is also the co-editor of The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).