Purnendra JAIN is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
His main research has focused on contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy. He has also researched and written extensively on Japan-India, Japan-South Asia relations, Australia-Asia relations; regionalism and regional institutions; energy and foreign aid issues, comparative studies of the politics and foreign policy of Japan, China and India. His research results have been published in such journals as Asian Survey, Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Japan Forum, Japanese Studies, Leviathan, Global Asia, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, etc. His most recent book is Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (co-edited with Lam Peng Er) (2013). He teaches courses related to politics, public policy and international relations of contemporary Japan; Australia’s relations with the Asia Pacific region; regionalism and regional institutions; rise and fall of nation-states –and comparative studies of politics and foreign policy of Japan, China and India. He has successfully supervised many honours, masters and doctoral students.
He is a former president of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (2003-2005); Asian Studies Association of Australia (2010-2012) and co-convenor of the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS9), Adelaide, 2015.
In 2020, he was awarded the Japanese Imperial Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to Japan studies.
In 2021, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities for his scholarship in Japanese Studies.