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.


Journal Articles

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. (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

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.


Other Print Media

Habib, B. (2019). “North Korea is firing missiles again. Does diplomacy still have a chance?The Conversation. 14 May 2019.

Habib, B. (2019). “The Putin-Kim Summit: Nuclear Politics, Sanctions and the Infrastructure Prize.” Australian Outlook. 3 May 2019.

Habib, B. (2019). “Chasing the denuclearisation fantasy: The US-North Korea summit ends abruptly in Hanoi.” The Conversation. 28 February 2019.

Habib, B. (2018). “US-North Korea summit agreement is most revealing for what it leaves out.” The Conversation. 12 June 2018.

Habib, B. (2018). “As the shaky US-North Korea summit is set to begin, the parties must search for common interest.” The Conversation. 11 June 2018.

Habib, B. (2018). “Korea’s ‘season of summits’.” Australian Outlook. 29 May 2018.

Habib, B. (2018). “If a US-North Korea summit does happen, we’ll have Moon Jae-in to thank for it.” The Conversation. 24 May 2018.

Habib, B. (2018). “North and South Korea met – but what does it really mean?The Conversation. 29 April 2018.

Habib, B. (2018). “As North Korea builds a season of summits, the stakes on denuclearisation remain high.” The Conversation. 24 April 2018.

Habib, B. (2017). “Five assumptions we make about North Korea – and why they’re wrong.” The Conversation. 28 September 2017.

Habib, B. (2017). “Trump can’t win: the North Korea crisis is a lose-lose proposition for the US.” The Conversation. 4 September 2017.  Republished in French: (Trump et la Corée du Nord : les États-Unis perdants à tous les coups) and Japanese (北朝鮮問題、アメリカに勝ち目はない).

Habib, B. and Faulknor, V. (2017). “The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Vision for Globalisation, Beijing Style.” The Conversation. 17 May 2017.

Habib, B. (2017). “Trump and North Korea: Military action will be a disaster, so a more patient, thoughtful solution is required.” The Conversation. 21 April 2017.

Habib, B. (2017). “Attacking North Korea: Surely Donald Trump couldn’t be that foolish.” The Conversation. 12 April 2017.

Procter, N. and Habib, B. (2017). “China set to lead on global climate politics.” Asian Currents. 05 February 2017.

Habib, B. (2016). “North Korea and the Global Fight Against Climate Change.” The Diplomat. 28 October 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). “I Put on My Social Armour to Cope With My Anxiety.” Introvert Dear. 01 September 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘What It Feels Like for an Anxious Introvert to Freeze on National Television.’ Introvert, Dear. 18 August 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘Sustainability is Not Enough: A Call for Regeneration‘. MUNPlanet. 10 June 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘Sanctioning North Korea.’ Australian Outlook. Australian Institute of International Affairs. 18 February 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘What if Feels Like to Freeze on National Television‘. Republished by The Drum, Mamamia, Huffington Post, 11 February 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘Socio-Economic Transformation: The Big Security Story from North Korea in 2015‘. MUNPlanet. 22 January 2016.

Habib, B. (2016). ‘North Korea tests again: the ritual of Korean Peninsula nuclear politics‘. The Conversation. 7 January 2016.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Environment and Sustainability in China Study Tour 2015‘. The Border Mail. 18 November 2015.

Habib, B. (2015).’Climate Change and the Re-imagination of State Sovereignty‘. e-International Relations. 8 November 2015.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘The rise and rise of North Korea’s ‘money masters’The Conversation.  19 October 2015.  Also republished on Yahoo7.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Decoding the Landscape: Finding Meaning in Northeast Asia’s Green Spaces.’ Asian Currents. 9 September 2015.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Permaculture’s Next Big Step’Pip Magazine. Issue 4, September 2015, p. 11.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘North Korea’s changing climate of environmental cooperation‘. East Asia Forum. 26 June 2015.

Habib, B. (2015). ‘Sustainability is Not Enough: A Call for Regeneration‘. Ethos. 23(2). pp. 7-10.

Habib, B. (2014). ‘South Korea and Brazil: intangible legacies of hosting the World Cup’. The Conversation. 9 June 2014.

Habib, B. (2014). ‘North Korea: an unlikely champion in the fight against climate change‘. The Guardian. 20 May 2014.

Habib, B. (2014). ‘Behind North Korea’s surprising compliance on climate change‘. The Conversation UK. 16 May 2014.

Habib, B. (2014). ‘Human rights in North Korea: the implications of the Kirby report’. The Conversation. 19 February 2014.

Habib, B. (2013). “Game of Thrones in Pyongyang: the execution of Jang Song Taek.” The Conversation. 13 December 2013.

Habib, B. (2013). “North Korea’s surprising status in the international climate change regime.” East Asia Forum. 9 November 2013.

Habib, B. (2013). “North Korea’s ‘rational’ belligerence.” Asian Currents. June 2013 (90). pp. 18-21.

Habib, B. (2013). “Escalation Gambit: North Korea’s Perilous Play for Security and Prosperity.” e-International Relations. 10 April 2013.

Habib, B. (2013). “Rhetorical storm: North Korean threats turn up the heat.” The Conversation. 27 March 2013.

Habib, B. (2013). “Upping the ante: North Korea’s third nuclear test.” The Conversation. 13 February 2013.

Habib, B. (2013). “A North Korean tale: Google, God and the Governor.” The Conversation. 10 January 2013.

Habib, B. (2012). “N. Korea shouts ‘look at me’ with rocket.” 12 December 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “Pay attention to me! The politics of North Korea’s next rocket launch.” The Conversation. 8 December 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “North Korea, Climate Change and the Global Atmospheric Commons.” Sino:NK. 8 September 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “Living Lightly: Watch for Windows of Opportunity.” Border Mail, 30 June 2012, p. 43.

Habib, B. (2012). “North Korea’s missile test a failure, but rogue state has nothing to fear.” The Conversation. 19 April 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “Learning from North Korea’s missile tests: deterrence, legitimacy and survival.” The Conversation. 12 April 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “Living Lightly: It’s all about taking sensible approach.” Border Mail. 7 April 2012, p. 66.

Habib, B. (2012). “Regional Responses to the DRPK’s Satellite Launch.” e-International Relations, 7 April 2012.

Habib, B. (2012). “Keeping wolves away.” Border Mail, 3 March 2012, p. 2.

Habib, B. (2011). “The North Korea Story: Confucius, Communism and the Bomb.” Teaching History. 45(4). pp. 11-15.

Habib, B. (2012). “Poisoned Chalice of the Big Issues.” Border Mail, 24 February 2012, p. 3.

Habib, B. (2011). North Korea’s basketcase economy is built on drugs, weapons and fakes. The Conversation. 21 December 2011.

Habib, B. (2011). A nation teeters on precipice. The Age. 20 December 2011, p. 11.

Habib, B. (2011). Living Lightly: Unwrap real meaning of the season. Border Mail. 17 December 2011, p. 56.

Habib, B. (2011). Letter to the Editor: Explaining the carbon tax levy. Border Mail. 15 August 2011.

Habib, B. (2011). Letter to the Editor: Small price now or pay big later. Border Mail. 01 August 2011, p. 13.

Habib, B. (2011). Collapse of six-party talks: Northeast Asia’s shaky stand on North Korean nuclear threat. Asian Currents 77(June), pp. 1-3.

Habib, B. (2011). Letter to the Editor: Young crowd set shining example. Border Mail. 4 May 2011, p. 23.

Habib, B. (2011). Living Lightly: Get your teeth into a green menu. Border Mail. 23 April 2011, p.66.

Habib, B. (2011). Letter to the Editor: Climate debate over years ago. Border Mail. 21 April 2011, p. 21.

Habib, B. (2010). Policy Forum 10-058: Climate Change and Regime Longevity in the DPRK. NAPSNet Policy Forum. Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability. 07 December 2010.

Habib, B. (2010) Upping the ante: nuclear North Korea’s muscular new stance. On Line Opinion, 30 November 2010.

Habib, B. (2010) Living Lightly: A step forward will reduce footprint. Border Mail, 25 September 2010, p. 70.

Habib, B. (2010) Voluntary vote a big mistake. Border Mail, 27 August 2010, p. 10.

Habib, B. (2009) Letters: Undeniable truths about climate change. The Guardian, 5 December 2009.

Habib, B. (2009) The limits of growth. On Line Opinion, 14 December 2009.

Habib, B. (2009) Opinion: Copenhagen and the Politics of Climate Mitigation. Independent Weekly, 13/11/2009.

Habib, B. (2008) Opinion: Why young people drink to excess. Independent Weekly, 28/03/2008.


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