Academic Research

Ben Habib is an internationally published scholar with research and teaching interests including the environment-security-governance nexus in North Korea, the political economy of North Korea’s nuclear program, East Asian security, and international climate change politics.

  1. Journal Articles
  2. Book Chapters
  3. Entries in Referenced Works
  4. Conference Papers and Presentations
  5. Book Reviews
  6. Reports


Journal Articles

Robertson, A. and Habib, B. (2023) ‘A Polanyian perspective on the conflict between neoliberal economics and countrymindedness in Australian drought and water policy‘. Australian Journal of Politics and History. Early online version.

Habib, B. and Fadaee, S. (2021) ‘Permaculture: A global community of practice‘. Environmental Values. 31(4), pp. 441-462.

Song, J. and Habib, B. (2020)The hidden variable: environmental migration from North KoreaThe Pacific Review. 34(6), pp. 973-994.

Habib, B. (2018) ‘Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Global Environmental Politics.’ International Studies Perspectives. 19(3): 218–234

Habib, B. (2016) ‘Social Convection and the Everyday Transformation of North Korea: A Review Essay‘. Asian Studies Review. 40(3): 445-453.

Habib, B., Miles, R. and Pawsey, N. (2016) ‘Online Learning and the Infinite Replicability of Digitised Knowledge‘. Fusion Journal. 008.

Habib, B. (2016) ‘The Enforcement Problem in Resolution 2094 and the UNSC Sanctions Regime: Sanctioning North Korea‘. Australian Journal of International Affairs. 70(1): 50-68.

Habib, B. (2015) ‘Balance of Incentives: Why North Korea Interacts with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’. Pacific Affairs, 88(1): 75-97.

Habib, B. (2013) ‘DPRK Meets UNFCCC: An Introduction to North Korea’s Interactions with the International Climate Change Regime‘. International Review of Korean Studies, 10(1): 65-90.

Habib, B. (2013) ‘Strategic Player, Economic Outlier: Regional Integration and North Korea’s Place in Northeast Asia‘. Griffith Asia Quarterly, 1(2/3): 1-23.

Habib, B. (2011) ‘North Korea’s Parallel Economies: Systemic Disaggregation Following the Soviet Collapse’, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 44(2): 149-159.

Habib, B. (2011) ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Maintenance of the Songun System’, The Pacific Review, 24(1): 43-64.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘Climate Change and Regime Perpetuation in the DPRK‘, Asian Survey 50(2): 378-401.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘Rogue Proliferator? North Korea’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle & its Relationship to Regime Perpetuation‘, Energy Policy (38) 6, 2826-2834.

Habib, B. and O’Neil, A. (2009) ‘North Korea’s emergence as a nuclear weapons state and the end of the disarmament paradigm‘, Global Change, Peace & Security 21(3): 377-387.

Habib, B. (2009) ‘The Implications of Climate Vulnerability for Regime Stability in North Korea‘, The International Journal of Climate Change 1(1): 83-104.

Habib, B. (2008) ‘Another Perfect Storm? Predictors of Radical Change in North Korea‘, Security Challenges 4(1): 21-42.


Book Chapters

Habib, B. (forthcoming) “Coming out twice: How my ‘nuclear meltdown’ helped me to embrace my madness and autism.” in Smith, P. (ed.) Tinfoil Hats: Stories by Mad People in an Insane World, Autonomous Press.

Zirnsak, T & Habib, B. (2022), “Learning from Each Other: An Autoethnographic Dialogue on Being Mad in the Academy” in (ed.) C. McGunnigle. Disability and the Academic Job Market, Delaware: Vernon Press, pp. 3-30.

Habib, B. (2015) ‘Climate Change, Security and Regime Formation in East Asia’, in Pacheco Pardo, R. and Reeves, J. (eds.). Non-Traditional Security in East Asia: A Regime Approach. London: Imperial College Press, pp. 49-72. 


Entries in Referenced Works

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Response to Questionnaire: China’s Role in the Emerging World Order.’ in Gaur, M. (ed). Studies on China. Foreign Policy Research Centre. New Delhi, pp. 51-57.

Habib, B. (2014). ‘North Korean Economic Development and the Urban Landscape of Rason’. in Green, C. (ed). Tumen Triangle Documentation Project: Sourcing the Chinese-North Korean Border. Sino:NK, pp. 25-28.

Habib, B. (2011). ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Programme and the Maintenance of the Songun System’. in Buszynski, L. (ed). (2014). Asia Pacific Security: Volume III – Trouble Spots and Potential Flashpoints. Routledge.

Habib, B. (2012). ‘International Atomic Energy Agency’, in Ritzer, G. (ed). Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Wiley-Blackwell.


Conference Papers and Presentations

Grunewald, P, Habib, B and van der Velden, N. (2020). ‘Collaborative Ecosystem Emergence: Growing coherence and effectiveness in decentralised permaculture networks.’ 12th International Social Innovation Research Conference 2020 (ISIRC). Sheffield, UK. 1-3 September 2020.

Habib, B. (2019). ‘Reading the landscape: Topography, infrastructure networks and governance in North Korea.’ Monash University Department of Languages, Literature, Culture and Linguistics seminar series. 9th October 2019. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Habib, B. (2019). ‘Adapting to environmental shocks in North Korea – Networks, geography and resilience.’ Australian Political Science Association: 2019 Annual Conference. 22-25 September 2019. Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B. (2019). ‘The global permaculture movement as an engine for sustainability transition: A critical appraisal.’ Australian Political Science Association: 2019 Annual Conference. 22-25 September 2019. Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B. (2018). ‘Sustainability Transition and the Social Ecology of Environmentalism in South Korea.’ Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series, 12th October 2018. Monash University, Caulfield Campus.

Habib, B. (2018). ‘Journey to Another Reality: An Overseas Study Program Pedagogy for Sustainability Transition Practice.’ Are We There Yet? Global Citizenship Education Symposium. 5 October 2018. La Trobe University, City Campus.

Habib, B. (2018). ‘Permaculture as an International Social Movement‘. 14th Australasian Permaculture Convergence. 15-19 April 2018. Canberra, Australia.

Habib, B. (2018). ‘Permaculture CoLab: International Collaboration on Permaculture Education and Research‘. 14th Australasian Permaculture Convergence. 15-19 April 2018. Canberra, Australia.

Habib, B. (2018). ‘Discussion: Transition and the Emergence of New “Isms”‘. Living Politics: Self Help and Autonomous Action in East Asia and Beyond. 14-16 March 2018. Australian National University—College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra.

Habib, B. (2017). ‘Permaculture as a Transnational Social Movement‘. 13th International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. 25 November – 2 December. Hyderabad, India.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Permaculture’s Next Big Step‘. 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence. 9-12 March 2015. Penguin, Tasmania.

Tuck, L & Habib, B. (2014). ‘Climate Change and Relative Gains in the Wikileaks Archive‘. 6th Oceanic Conference on International Studies. 9-11 July 2014. Melbourne University, Melbourne.

Habib, B. (2013). ‘Why Does North Korea Engage with the International Climate Change Regime?‘. ANU Korea Update. 11 October 2013. Australian National University, Canberra.

Habib, B. (2013). ‘Socio-economic and Political Change in the DPRK‘. Centre for United States and Pacific Studies (CUSAPS) Conference. 6 September 2013. Flinders University, Adelaide.

Habib, B. (2013). ‘A Curious Case: North Korea and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’. Korean Studies Association of Australasia. 8th Biennial Conference. 27-28 June 2013. Australian National University, Canberra.

Habib, B. (2012). ”A “Strong and Prosperous Country”? Field Report from North Korea’. Australian Political Studies Association Conference. 24-26 September 2012. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Habib, B. (2011). ‘Climate Change and International Relations Theory: Northeast Asia as a Case Study‘. World International Studies Committee—Third Global International Studies Conference. University of Porto, Portugal, 17-20 August 2011.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘State Failure in North Korea: The Role of Carrying Capacity and Organisational Complexity‘. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Connected Globe, Conflicting Worlds, 27-29 September 2010. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘The Six Party Talks and Institutional Security in Northeast Asia: A Grim Forecast‘.  Asian Studies Association of Australia, 18th Biennial Conference, 5-8 July 2010. University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B. (2009) ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program: The Futility of Denuclearisation Negotiations‘. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, 28-30 September 2009. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Habib, B (2009) ‘Climate Change and Security: A Coherent Framework for Analysis‘ (pp.1-19). Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, 28-30 September. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Habib, B (2008) ‘Climate Change and the Terminal Decay of the North Korean Regime‘, Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 1-4 July 2008, Brisbane, Australia.

Habib, B (2008) ‘The Implications of Climate Vulnerability for Regime Stability in North Korea’, International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 9-11 January 2009, Pune, India.

Habib, B (2008) ‘The Perceptions of climate change and peak oil among Flinders University students and their receptiveness to individualist lifestyle changes and mitigation strategies‘, 3rd Annual Solar Cities Congress (pp. 1-10), Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B (2008) ‘Climate Change: Strategic Implications and Alternative Futures’, Australia’s Strategic Futures Conference, 1 October 2008, Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B. (2007) ‘Another Perfect Storm – Key Predictors of Rapid Change in North Korea‘, Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (pp. 1-27), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Habib, B (2007) ‘Breaking the Ritual: Getting Students to Participate in Discussion-based Tutorials in the Social Sciences‘, 30th HERDSA Annual Conference (pp. 1-10), Adelaide, Australia.

Habib, B. (2006) ‘Can North Korea be Disarmed Peacefully?’ Flinders International Asia-Pacific Institute—DPRK Workshop, 6 December 2006, Adelaide, Australia.


Book Reviews

Habib, B. (2016). Leverage of the weak: labor and environment movements in Taiwan and South Korea, by Hwa-Jen Liu, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 248 pp., US$27.50 (paperback), in Asian Studies Review 40(2) 315-317.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Review – North Korea and Northeast Asian Regional Security‘. e-International Relations. 24 March 2015.

Habib, B. (2011). ‘Antonio Marquina (ed.), Global Warming and Climate Change: Prospects and Policies in Asia and Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 368, ISBN: 978 0 230 23771 1‘, in Australian Journal of International Affairs 65(2) 256-257.



Habib, B. & D. Casey. (2010). ‘Step 2010 Projects 1 & 2: Integrated Proposal for the B. Arts (International Studies) Program‘. Adelaide: University of South Australia.

Habib, B. (2006). ‘Flinders Foundation of University Teaching – Personal Learning Portfolio‘. Adelaide: Flinders University.


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