Ms Julia Ahrens currently works as Marketing and Communications Officer at Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She completed a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, focusing on both traditional and non-traditional security issues as well as international political economy in East Asia. Her MA thesis explored factors that influenced regional cooperation and interdependence between Northeast Asian countries during the H5N1 and H1N1 outbreaks. She also holds a BA in Political Science and English and American Studies from the University of Kiel.
Next to her studies, she gained expertise in journalism and public relations. Her most recent research focused on policies to foster the rights of persons with disabilities in the field of education in both Europe and China.