Ben’s Bio

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current teaching and research interests in: (1) traditional and non-traditional security in North Korea; (2) environmental movements and international climate politics; and (3) innovations in university teaching practice in global environmental politics and international relations.  He has extensive overseas field experience in Northeast Asia and has led short travel program subjects for undergraduate students to China and South Korea, themed around global citizenship and environmental sustainability.  Ben is also a staunch advocate for mental health and neurodiversity, having transformed his nationally-televised panic attack into a vehicle for creating positive change.

Ben has extensive public engagement experience, contributing opinion articles and providing interview commentary to traditional and online media, in addition to delivering public presentations and facilitating workshops with industry partners, secondary education institutions and community organisations.  He combines his passion for international relations, environment and mental health as host and producer of the Edge Dwellers Cafe Podcast.

Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, after graduating with a B. Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and a B. Arts from the University of South Australia.  He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.




Twitter: @DrBenjaminHabib


  1. You should not feel bad and its very courageous of you to write this post because it will help others. It’s also extremely powerful for others to see and understand that even the brightest academics and experts in their fields, are human, like we all are. Most of us have our own personal battles of one sort or another, but we mostly cover them up or avoid situations where we will be exposed. As human beings we tend to remain firmly our comfort zones so good on you for putting yourself out there and facing one of your greatest fears and to have a career where you do that every day. Others would run a million miles rather than do that. I don’t know if it would make it less challenging if interviews were pre-recorded but either way – we all need to learn more about North Korea so keep up the good work and thank you for your courage and inspiration to others.

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