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Dr. Yves-Heng Lim is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University. His research focuses on the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, the evolution of China’s strategy, with a particular interest for China’s naval strategy, and international relations theory (realism and power transition theory). Yves-Heng is author of China’s Naval  Power: an Offensive Realist Approach (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2014) and of more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His works appeared in The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of Contemporary China, Contemporary Strategy, and Asian Security. Yves-Heng has been the Learning and Teaching Coordinator/Director of Education and Employability for SSC since 2016. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Asia/Indo-Pacific security
  • China's grand strategy and military affairs
  • Naval strategy
  • International relations theory: realism(s)
  • International relations theory: power transition theory


  • PICT/X1012 Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region (2016-2019, 2021)
  • PICT/X913 Asia Pacific Security (2017)
  • PICT/X8950-5 Simulation (since 2018)
  • PICT/X8961-5 Decision Making, Scenario Planning and Simulation (since 2020)

Research student supervision

Yves-Heng is interested in supervising projects related to traditional security in the Indo-Pacific region. 


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