Alfred Gerstl is an International Relations specialist with a regional focus on Asia-Pacific, notably Southeast Asia (regional cooperation, Association of Southeast Nations, South China Sea, terrorism and geopolitical impacts of China´s Belt and Road Initiative), and on IR theories (traditional and human security). In addition, he has expert knowledge on the Southeast Asian political and economic systems. He studied Political Science at the University of Vienna (Master and PhD) and IR at Macquarie University in Sydney (Master).
Since 2018 Alfred Gerstl is AIES Fellow. Previously, he was a Postdoc Researcher („Assistant Prof.") at the Department of East Asian Studies/East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at University of Vienna. He lectures regularly at Palacky University in Olomouc (Department of Asian Studies), the Austrian National Defence Academy and the Theresian Military Academy. Previously, he was researcher and lecturer at Macquarie University and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein and the University of Passau. He also worked as researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. Furthermore, Alfred Gerstl was director of the non-university research institute South-East Asian Studies (SEAS) and the founding editor-in-chief of the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS).