Faculty of ArtsSchool of Social and Political Sciences

Professor John Langmore

Email: langmore@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 8344 9467 or 9329 2216
Mobile: 0419 897 489
Office:  Room 220, Walter Boas Building



John Langmore is a Professorial Fellow andAssistant Director Research, (Security and Political Engagement) in the  Melbourne School of Government in the University of Melbourne. Between 1963 and 1976 he worked in Papua New Guinea as a public servant and university lecturer where he led the preparation of the first national plan. Between 1976 and 1984 he was an economic advisor to the Labor Party and proposed the negotiation of the Accord. In 1984 he was elected as the Member for Fraser in the House of Representatives and was re-elected four times. One of his achievements there was chairing the committee which planned the adoption of the first comprehensive committee system for the House of Representatives.

He retired from parliament in 1996 to become Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York for five years and then Representative of the International Labour Organization to the United Nations for two. He was responsible for the organisation of the 24th special session of the General Assembly which was the first world conference to agree on a global target for halving serious poverty.

Professor Langmore teaches two graduate subjects, The United Nations: Review and Reform for the Master of International Relations and  Socio-Economic Development for the Master of Development Studies. He has published extensively in books, journals and in the media, including Dealing with America: the UN, the US and Australia and To Firmer Ground: Restoring Hope in Australia.

Occasional Address to the Arts Faculty graduation on 23rd December 2011


Recent journal articles and book chapters

‘Labor's Principles and Practice’, in Brian Galligan (Ed), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, OUP, Melbourne, 2007

With Ian Kinniburgh, The UN Development Agenda: Development for All: Goals, commitments and strategies agreed at the United Nations world conferences and summits since 1990, UN, New York, 2007, ISBN 978-92-1-101155-5

With Anthony Clunies-Ross, ‘Political Economy of Additional Development Finance’ in Tony Addison and George Mavrotas, (Eds.) Development Finance in the Global Economy: The Road Ahead, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2008

‘A Step towards Security Council Reform’, Nautilus Austral Review, October 2008, http://www.globalcollab.org/Nautilus/australia/apsnet/policy-forum/2008/langmore-UNSC/

‘The possibility and potential value of holding a Fourth Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament’, Research Papers commissioned by the International Commission on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Commission website, March 2009

With Shaun Fitzgerald, ‘Global Governance: Addressing the Economic Deficit,’ Development, 53(3), 2010, Global Economic Governance

With Calum Logan and Stewart Firth, The 2009 Australian Defence White Paper: Analysis and Alternatives, Austral Policy forum 10-01A, 15 September 2010, pp 20

With Ashley McLachlan-Bent, ‘A Crime against Humanity? Implications and Prospects of the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclone Nargis’, Global Responsibility to Protect, 3, (2011) 37 – 60, GR2P

With Jan Egeland, ‘Learning from Norway: Independent Middle-Power Foreign Policy,’ The Griffith Review, 32, May 2011, 164 – 179, Learning from Norway

‘Poverty Reduction through Social Protection’, in Ross Buckley (ed.) Debt-for-Development Exchanges: History and New Applications, New York, CUP, 2011, pp 209 – 215, Poverty Reduction through Social Protection

‘A Currency Transaction Tax’, Global Social Policy, 2011, pp 9 - 11, Currency Transaction Tax

Entry in Timothy Lynch (Ed.), 2013, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History Vol 2, Oxford University Press, New York, pp 385-391, US Relations with the UN

John Langmore, ‘Powerlessness and Hope: Strengthening the Security, Justice and Vitality of Australian Society’, Public Lecture at the University of Newcastle Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing, Thursday 27 October 2011, Powerlessness and Hope

John Langmore, ‘Aspects of Building a More Socially Just Australian Society: Social Workers as Catalysts for Wellbeing’, Keynote Address to the conference organised by Fourth Year Social Work students at the University of Newcastle, Thursday 27 October 2011, Building a More Socially Just Australian Society

'Innovative sources of finance for development', Opening address to a UN Workshop on Innovative Sources of Finance for Development, New York, 2 December 2011, Finance for Development

'Global Economic and Financial Governance', Address to Roundtable 1 of the UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on Finance for Development, New York, 8 December 2011, Global Economic & Financial Governance

Global Policy Innovative Development Finance - September 2012

The Imperative for Strengthening International Tax Co-operation

‘Australia’s Campaign for Security Council Membership’, Australian Journal of Political Science, March, 2013, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp 101-111

With Harcourt, G. C. and Kreisler, Peter, 2013, ‘Faith, works and talents entwined: Driving forces behind John Nevile’s contributions’, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol, 24 No. 2, June, pp 228-237

‘A Powerful Formative Experience, 1963 – 1976’, forthcoming in Christina Twomey et al (Eds), Australians in Papua New Guinea 1960 – 1975, Queensland University Press, Brisbane

With Hon Melissa Parke MP, ‘Is There a Distinctive Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy?’ forthcoming, in Daniel Baldino, Anthony J. Langlois and Andrew Carr (Eds.), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates, OUP, Melbourne

Australia's Campaign for Security Council Membership

Faith, works and talents entwined: Driving forces behind John Nevile's contribution

Current research and writing


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