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Professor Caitlyn Byrne


  • Bio/Profile
  • Professor Caitlin Byrne is Director, Griffith Asia Institute and Faculty Fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD). Having begun her career as a diplomat with the Australian Government, Caitlin has worked across a range of senior leadership role in government, industry and community with a focus on delivering change and reform. She is fundamentally interested in the ways that diplomacy and dialogue—from traditional tradecraft through to more innovative public diplomacy and people-to-people links shape the interactions of communities and nations across the Asia-Pacific region. This is the focus of her research, which is published across a range of international journals, as well as her teaching and consultancy practice. As Director of the Griffith Asia Institute, Caitlin leads a complex research and engagement agenda. Her vision for GAI is to contribute to a more sustainable, inclusive and secure Asia-Pacific future; a future that is informed by a commitment to knowledge ideas, improved through partnerships, and delivered through effective and concrete policy and practice. Caitlin is actively engaged in international policy communities. She teaches regularly into the Diplomatic Academy and War College in Canberra, and sits on the editorial boards of the East Asia Policy, and the Hague Journal on Diplomacy. She is the Queensland representative to the National Reference Group for the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), holds appointments to the Australian Government's Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council, the AP4D Advisory Board and is lead delegate for Australia's civil society delegation to the W20. Caitlin sits on Queensland's Fulbright Scholarships Committee and on the international advisory council for the International Relations Institute of Cambodia. She represents the Griffith Asia Institute on QAGOMA's Asia Pacific Council. In 2020, Caitlin was made Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (FAIIA) for her contribution to international education and Australia's engagement in the Asia-Pacific. In 2021 she received special commendation from the Japanese Consulate-General in Brisbane for her contribution to bilateral Australia-Japan relations.