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Dr Robert Imre

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Politics)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Rob Imre has an interdisciplinary background in a number of academic fields. Connecting his research is a concern with the manner in which people interact with their governments. This includes studies and research in to diverse areas such as terrorist movements, comparative education systems, the use of social media by governments both in election campaigns and in policy controversies. He also has a focus on contemporary regime change and the ways in which governments decline and shift, and the ways in which active protests facilitate that change. His past research includes work on right-wing radicalism in Central Europe, and de-radicalisation initiatives in Malaysia. He has been an invited speaker at the ANU, the University of Szeged, Ruhr University in Bochum, and the University of Regensburg. He has just completed a pilot project measuring the response rates of political representatives via social media tools in 14 different countries. Dr Imre completed his Bachelor's (Honours) Political Studies at Queen's University in Canada, a Master's in Political Science at the University of Victoria, in Canada, and his PhD at the University of Queensland.

In 2014 Dr Imre will be on a Faculty Exchange [with Professor Stephan Bierling] to the University of Regensburg. Dr Imre will also be a visiting research fellow at the Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg.

In 2015 Dr Imre will be a Visiting Fellow to the Space and Political Agency Research Group (SPARG) at the School of Management in the University of Tampere [ http://www.uta.fi/jkk/en/research/themes/sparg/researchers.html ].

Recent media:

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http://pirate-secon.org/index.php?id=5</p><p></p><strong>Research Expertise
* Global Terrorism * Nationalism and Ethnicity * Life-Writing/Biography/Autobiography * Asia-Pacific Politics * Peace/Conflict Studies * Political/Social Theory/Philosophy of any kind especially questions about multiculturalism, citizenship, diversity, modernity, radicalisation, nationalism, ethnicity * Genocide * Religious and Political Violence * Comparative Politics of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Asia especially India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Asia-Pacific politics especially Singapore and Malaysia, and East-Central European Politics especially Hungary * Security * International Relations

Teaching Expertise
Global Terrorism Genocide Studies International Relations Regime Change http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-arts/what-you-will-study/majors/politics-and-international-relations

Administrative Expertise
Deputy Head - Newcastle Business School (2009-2011) Deputy Director - Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies [CIOS] (2009-2011) Discipline Head - Politics and International Relations (2012-2014)

Collaborations
Global Terrorism, Nationalism and Ethnicity, Life-Writing/Biography/Autobiography, Peace/Conflict Studies, Genocide, Religious and Political Violence, Security Studies, International Relations.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, University of Victoria - Canada

Keywords

  • Comparative Politics of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Asia especially India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Asia-Pacific politics especially Singapore and Malaysia, and East-Central European Politics especially Hungary
  • Global Terrorism
  • International Relations
  • Life-Writing/Biography/Autobiography
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Peace/Conflict Studies
  • Political/Social Theory/Philosophy of any kind especially questions about multiculturalism, citizenship, diversity, modernity, radicalisation, nationalism, ethnicity
  • Religious and Political Violence
  • Security Studies

Languages

  • Hungarian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified20
139999Education not elsewhere classified20
160699Political Science not elsewhere classified60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
1/02/2014 - 12/07/2014Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
18/07/2008 - 18/07/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2012Vice-Chancellor's Research Award 2011
University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Griffiths TG, Imre R, Mass Education, Global Capital, and the World: The Theoretical Lenses of István Mészáros and Immanuel Wallerstein, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 201 (2013) [A1]
DOI10.1057/9781137014825
Co-authorsTom Griffiths
2013Jose J, Imre R, Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 217 (2013) [A3]
Co-authorsJim Jose
2008Imre R, Mooney TB, Clarke B, Responding to Terrorism: Political, Philosophical and Legal Perspectives, Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, 239 (2008) [A1]

Chapter (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Imre R, Owen Stephen, 'Twitter-ised Revolution: Extending the Governance Empire', Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The 'Arab Spring', Palgrave Macmillan, Sydney, Australia 105-112 (2014) [B1]
DOI10.1057/9781137361400
2014Imre RJ, Owen S, 'Hírszerzési kudarcok? A hírszerzés politikája', Politikai kommunikáció-kutatások a közösségi média korában, Primaware, Szeged 121-140 (2014) [B1]
2014Merkovity N, Imre R, Major S, 'Social Media Innovation in Political Communication: Alternative or Mainstream', ICT Driven Public Service Innovation: Comparative Approach Focusing on Hungary, National University of Public Service, Institute of International Studies, Budapest 155-171 (2014) [B1]
2014Imre RJ, Owen S, 'A közösségi média és az alanyiság: A kormányzás információtechnológiai birodalma', Politikai kommunikáció-kutatások a közösségi média korában, Primaware, Szeged 243-262 (2014) [B1]
2013Jose JW, Imre R, 'Situating the Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century', Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Nexus of Politics and Religion in the 21st Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle (UK) 2-12 (2013) [B1]
Co-authorsJim Jose
2013Imre R, 'Politicising Intelligence: Intelligence Failures and Politics', Spooked: The Truth About Intelligence in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney 288-308 (2013) [B1]
2011Imre R, 'Reconceptualizing totalitarianism and fascism', The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex 343-353 (2011) [B1]
DOI10.1002/9781444395747.ch27
2010Imre R, 'Hungary's revolutionary golden team', Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game, Open Court Publishing, Chicago, Illinois 290-301 (2010) [B2]
2010Millei Z, Imre R, 'Rethinking transition through ideas of 'community' in Hungarian kindergarten curriculum', Post-Socialism Is Not Dead: (Re)Reading the Global in Comparative Education, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, United Kingdom 125-154 (2010) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2010Imre R, Millei Z, 'Citizenship. What citizenship? Using political science terminology in new discipline approaches', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 131-145 (2010) [B1]
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2010Imre R, Millei Z, Griffiths TG, 'Utopia/dystopia: Where do we go with 'discipline'?', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 160-174 (2010) [B1]
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei, Tom Griffiths
2010Griffiths TG, Imre R, 'Classroom discipline. A local Kantian?', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 146-159 (2010) [B1]
Co-authorsTom Griffiths
2010Imre R, Jose JW, 'Globalising syncretism and the governance state: Beyond bipolar thinking on religious and political violence', Change and Stability: State, Religion and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa, UNUM Wydawnictwo, Krakow, Poland 123-142 (2010) [B1]
Co-authorsJim Jose
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Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Imre RJ, 'Paradigms of research for the 21st Century: Perspectives and examples from practice', Issues in Educational Research, 24 114-116 (2014) [C3]
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2014Imre RJ, 'Paradigms of research for the 21st Century: Perspectives and examples from practice (Book review)', Issues in Educational Research, 24 114-116 (2014) [C3]
2013Millei Z, Imre RJ, 'The "cosmopolitan" project and Hungarian kindergarten education: Re-reading socialism', Prospects, 43 133-149 (2013) [C1]

In this paper we argue that the socialist kindergarten in Hungary (1948-1989) was set up to aid the modernizing of a nation in a particular way and in a historical and political context in which the only way forward was to leave behind aspects of the past and start a new chapter in Hungarian history. Comparing this project to the "cosmopolitan" project discussed by Thomas Popkewitz, we argue that kindergarten education was more similar to education in the fictionalized West than previously thought. By reading socialist kindergarten education, curriculum, and pedagogy as part of the broader "cosmopolitan project", we show how particular civic/civil habits, behaviour, and morals were formed to produce modern citizens, often in contradistinction to stated socialist ideology. We also explore regional versions of cosmopolitanism that are attached to the developing nation-state and the creation and violent negotiations of what it means to be Hungarian, against the background of the region's rich cultural and ethnic diversity. © 2012 UNESCO IBE.

DOI10.1007/s11125-012-9252-8
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2013Imre R, 'Die Politik der Antipolitik: ¿Finnlandisierung¿ von Occupy?', Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 26 114 (2013) [C1]
2013Imre R, 'Mondon Aurélien The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia. A Populist Hegemony?', Modern & Contemporary France, 21 565-566 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.1080/09639489.2013.822360Author URL
2013Owen S, Imre R, 'Little mermaids and pro-sumers: The dilemma of authenticity and surveillance in hybrid public spaces', International Communication Gazette, 75 470-483 (2013) [C1]

In this article the authors explore the ways in which social media and social network sites (SNSs) are mediating the new urban environment. Many analyses of these technologies highlight the ways in which they are predicated on surveillance techniques and how the self is increasingly entwined within them. The authors examine the processes of surveillance, and the surveillant assemblage, and how the self interacts with these technologies to produce an authentic self in mediated urban spaces. They argue that SNS technologies privilege a version of the contemporary self, limiting choice to 'pro-sumer' activity, and a mandatory self-surveillance. Instead of constructing an open public sphere, these technologies operate to build a 'second city' of commodified urban space in which the recording of banal activities in an everyday setting is the authentic lived experience of people using this technology. © The Author(s) 2013.

DOI10.1177/1748048513491897
CitationsScopus - 1
2013Imre R, 'Clough, Patricia Ticineto and Willse, Craig (eds.), Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2011.', Somatechnics, 209-211 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.3366/soma.2013.0087
2011Jose JW, Imre R, 'Governance states and national political identities: Angels, devils and belligerents', Australasian Canadian Studies, 28 1-18 (2011) [C1]
Co-authorsJim Jose
2010Imre R, Jose JW, 'Religious and political violence: Globalising syncretism and the governance state', Religion, State and Society, 38 153-168 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1080/09637491003726661
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJim Jose
2010Imre R, 'Badiou and the philosophy of social work: A reply to Stephen Webb', International Journal of Social Welfare, 19 253-258 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00708.x
CitationsScopus - 1
2010Imre R, Jose JW, 'Religion and nation: Modernity, secularism, and politics', Nebula, 7 1-11 (2010) [C3]
Co-authorsJim Jose
2009Millei Z, Imre R, 'The problems with using the concept of 'citizenship' in early years policy', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 10 280-290 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.2304/ciec.2009.10.3.280
CitationsScopus - 9
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2009Imre R, Millei Z, 'Smashing cosmopolitanism: The Neo-liberal destruction of cosmopolitan education in East-Central Europe', Current Issues in Comparative Education, 12 76-85 (2009) [C1]
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
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Conference (23 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Imre R, 'The production of cultural memory in public spaces in Central and South-Eastern Europe', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [E3]
2012Imre R, 'The modern Hungarian nation-state and education: Empire to socialism to post-empire/socialism?', CIES 2012. Program, Puerto Rico (2012) [E3]
2011Imre R, 'Global consequences of the politics of food and food security', Glasnik UP ZRS, Koper, Slovenia (2011) [E3]
2011Millei Z, Imre R, 'The 'cosmopolitan' project and Hungarian Kindergarten Education: re-reading socialism', 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES), Montreal QC (2011) [E3]
DOI10.1007/s11125-012-9252-8
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2011Imre R, 'Food security: New directions in the global politics of food', Abstracts from the International Conference: Security in the EU and ASEAN: Comparisons and interactions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011) [E3]
2011Imre R, 'Cyber-active! Civil Society, Technology, and Contemporary Revolution', Abstracts: McLuhan's Messages: International Conference for the Hundredth Anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's Birth, Budapest, Hungary (2011) [E3]
2011Millei Z, Imre R, 'Liberation and socialist Hungarian kindergarten education: Ideology, indoctrination, or emancipation?', Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2011 Montreal Abstracts, Montreal (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2011Imre R, 'Cyber-active! Civil society, technology and contemporary revolution', Political Communication in the Era of New Technologies: International Conference, Warsaw, Poland (2011) [E3]
2011Imre R, 'Hungary, Europe, and power entrenchment', Program and Abstracts: Hungary, the European Union and Australia: Regional and Global Relations, Canberra, ACT (2011) [E3]
2010Jose JW, Imre R, 'Governance states and national political identities: Angels, devils and belligerents', ACSANZ Conference Abstracts, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsJim Jose
2010Imre R, 'The political biographies of Miklos Horthy and Janos Kadar: Bankrupting politics in democratic Hungary', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Program, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Imre R, 'Nation-building and sport: The politics of nationalism and identity in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand', Canada and New Zealand: Connections, Comparisons and Challenges. Program, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E3]
2010Imre R, 'Anti-constitutional patriotism: The Hungarian obsession with the Treaty of Trianon', Round Table on Constitutional Patriotism and Identity, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E3]
2010Imre R, 'Religion, terror and the nation-state: Australian nationalism and the terrorist threat with some comparisons to Canada and New Zealand', Liberty and Security in the Age of Terrorism Conference, Lexington, Kentucky (2010) [E3]
2010Imre R, 'Religious/political violence and the virtual world: Some consequences surrounding digital democracy, terrorism and the 'New' securitization of the person', Networking Democracy Conference, Cluj, Romania (2010) [E3]
2009Millei Z, Imre R, 'Considering the uses of 'citizenship' for an open society with children', 10th ISSA Annual Conference: Conference Program, Bucharest, Romania (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsZsuzsanna Millei
2009Imre R, 'Political religion/political violence: Reconceptualizing totalitarianism and fascism', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009: Refereed Papers, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Imre R, 'Wine and resistance: The politics of subjectivity, neo-colonialison, the neo-liberal subject, and wine', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Imre R, 'Global multiculturalism: Some comparative observations about social inclusion and Islamophobia', Challenging Islamophobia: Towards Social Justice & Inclusion: Presentations, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E2]
2009Jose JW, Imre R, 'Religious and political violence: Globalising syncretism and the governance state', Change and Stability: State Religion and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: International Conference, Krakow, Poland (2009) [E3]
DOI10.1080/09637491003726661
Co-authorsJim Jose
2009Imre R, 'Right-wing extremism and the governance state: Globalising radicalisation and state responses on the post-Cold War period', Europe Twenty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming East and West: International Conference. Conference Programme, Wellington, NZ (2009) [E3]
2009Imre R, 'The politics of wine: Regions and subregions of the political life-world', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008Imre R, 'The politics of communicating Kertesz: European identity in the postmodern age', The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference. Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Grushka K, Bennett J, Parkes RJ, Beirne R, Donnelly D, Falzon C, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', Centre for Learning and Teaching, 18 (2013) [R1]
Co-authorsRebecca Beirne, Heather Sharp, J Bennett, Debra Donnelly, Josephine May, Robert Parkes, Kath Grushka, Chris Falzon
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$24,667

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20121 grants / $4,000

2011 Awards for Research Excellence - Shared Account$4,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Mike Calford, Professor Mark Parsons, Doctor Juanita Todd, Doctor Robert Imre, Doctor Michael Ondaatje, Conjoint Professor Dmitri Kavetski
SchemeAward for Research Excellence
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200056
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $13,967

Sanctioning Abuse: Mainstream Political Discourse and the Devaluation of Political Culture$13,967

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Robert Imre, Associate Professor Jim Jose
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000689
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $6,700

Governing Right-wing radicals: an examination of the shifts in the fascist and neo-fascist movements in Hungary ? 1900 - 2008$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Robert Imre
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189491
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Freedom and Democracy: European Perceptions, European Perspectives, Faculty of Humanities, koper University, Slovenia, 4/12/2008 - 6/12/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Robert Imre
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189594
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Prospects for a Resource Based Development in Tanzania: Assessing Government Plans and Strategies for Mineral and Natural Gas Exploitation
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2015Distinctive Features of Political Influence on Public Behaviour and Opinion in Russia, Australia, USA and Germany
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2015Countering Militancy Through Negotiations: The Role of Jirga in Tribal Areas of Pakistan
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2015Iran's Role in Reduction of Terrorism in Both Middle East and Global Level
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2014Resource Politics: Foreign Investors, the State and Traditional Landowners in the Development of Mineral Resources in Papua New Guinea: A Case Study of the Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang Province
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013Australia¿s Dirty Green Politics and the Future for Energy Security: Why it¿s `Not Easy Being Green¿ in a Dangerous World
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013Sovereignty in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Transitional Administration or Colony in Denial
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013Toward a Cooperative Eastern Central Europe
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013A (bio)Political Approach to Genocide: An Agambenian Critique
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013Who is the Good Teacher as a Person?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Energy Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Threat to Middle Eastern Security or an Opportunity for Peace
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013The 'Wicked' Policy Problem of Sustainable Water Use in Western Australia
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013Improving E-democracy: A Systems Engineering Approach
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2010Environmental Governance and Diplomacy: The Twin Dilemmas of Resource Degradation and Conflict in Mau Forest, Kenya
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2008Islamism and the Politics of Crisis Nationalism: The Case of Indonesia
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2008The Clash of Civilizations: An International Relations Critique
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Functional and Critical Literacy in Yo Sí Puedo An Examination of Cuba's Literacy Program Through a Freirean Lens
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015The Paradox of Botswana's Democracy: When too Much Democracy is not Enough?
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014Institutional Weakness as a Blessing: The Origins and Development of Costa Rican Exceptionalism Vis-a-vis Central America's Structural Disadvantage Within the Capitalist World-System
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2014From Southern Africa to the Great Lakes Region: Challenges to Tanzanian Foreign Policy and Conflict Resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa
History, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Building States, Failing Nations: The Failure of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Iraq
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2011Feminist Theory and Discursive Intersections: Activating the Code of 'Political Correctness'
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Robert Imre

Position

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Politics

Contact Details

Emailrobert.imre@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5009
Fax(02) 4921 6911

Office

RoomSRS148
BuildingSocial Sciences
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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