Fergus Hanson

Non resident Fellow
Areas of expertise
Ediplomacy/digital diplomacy; opinion polling; Australia-Indonesia relations; Chinese aid in the Pacific
Biography
Publications
News and media

Fergus Hanson was the Program Director for Polling at the Lowy Institute and produced the Institute’s flagship Lowy Institute Poll since 2008.

He was the 2011 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Professional Fulbright scholar based at Georgetown University. He worked at DFAT from 2004 to 2007 and served at the Australian Embassy in The Hague from 2005 to 2007 where he was responsible for Australia’s relations with five international legal organisations.

Prior to joining DFAT he was a fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law. Fergus has also studied at Sydney and Uppsala universities.

Fergus was a Vasey Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pacific Forum from November 2010 to January 2011. He is a frequent commentator in the Australian and international media.

The Lowy Institute Poll 2012: Public opinion and foreign policy
Polling
The Lowy Institute Poll 2012: Public opinion and foreign policy
The eighth annual Lowy Institute Poll reports the results of a nationally representative opinion survey of 1,005 Australian adults conducted in Australia between 26 March…
Analyses
Final submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Australia overseas representation
Final submissions in Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Australia's overseas representation were published by the…
Analyses
Revolution@State: the spread of ediplomacy
This report is the first time the rapidly growing ediplomacy effort at the US State Department has been mapped. It reveals State now employs over 150 full-time ediplomacy…
Indonesia Poll 2012: Shattering stereotypes: public opinon and foreign policy
Polling
Indonesia Poll 2012: Shattering stereotypes: public opinon and foreign policy
The Lowy Institute Indonesia Poll reports the results of the Institute’s second opinion poll in Indonesia. The findings challenge many assumptions about Indonesia on issues like…
The 2011 Lowy Institute Poll
Polling
The 2011 Lowy Institute Poll
The seventh annual Lowy Poll surveys the Australian public on new questions covering attitudes towards the US alliance and the war in Afghanistan, opinions on basing US forces in…
Policy Briefs
China in the Pacific: the new banker in town
This is the fourth Lowy Institute report on China’s aid program in the Pacific. The series, covering the period 2005-2009, offer the most detailed picture available of China’s…
Policy Briefs
A digital DFAT: joining the 21st century
Ediplomacy is no longer a boutique extra. Serious foreign ministries are embracing it to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Australia’s own Department of Foreign…
Analyses
What makes a leader? Mapping leadership in our region
Does Australia understand the leaders of our region? Is our $1.4bn in scholarship funding reaching the right people? There is good reason to believe that leaders matter, and that…
Polling
The 2010 Lowy Institute Poll
New questions in the sixth annual Lowy Poll of Australian public opinion cover the Rudd Government’s handling of foreign policy, whether Australia should develop nuclear weapons,…
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