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Research Fellow, Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program
Lowy Institute
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Areas of ExpertiseChina’s domestic politics; public opinion polling; human rights; Australian foreign policy; consular affairs

Natasha Kassam is a Research Fellow in the Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program, directing the annual Lowy Institute Poll. Natasha’s other research interests include Australia’s relations with Asia and the Pacific, China’s domestic politics and Australia’s diplomatic infrastructure. 

Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Natasha worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade developing Australia’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. She was on the whole-of-government Taskforce that drafted Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. 

Natasha was posted to the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 2013 to 2017, where she covered human rights, law reform, domestic politics, Xinjiang and Tibet. Natasha was also a law and justice advisor to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in Honiara from 2011 to 2012. Natasha has also previously worked at the Sydney Centre for International Law and Clayton Utz. 

Natasha has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks professional Mandarin.