Dr Christopher Hobson

BA, MIR (University of Melbourne); PhD (ANU)
Convenor, Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609

Research interests

democracy, liberalism, international political theory, non-traditional security, human security, gender and international relations, natural disasters, nuclear energy.


In October 2018, I joined the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs as Program Convenor of the dual degree program - Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs. This program has been established in partnership with the Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

I have been based in Japan since 2010, where I have been engaging in research while contributing to the development of higher degree programs in English. I worked as an Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University (2013 – 2018); and as a Research Associate at the United Nations University(2010 – 2013). Prior to coming to Japan I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (2008 – 2010).

My work could broadly be described as falling within international political theory. Much of my research explores democracy in the context of international relations, with a focus on understanding how democracy’s current position and future possibilities are shaped by its past. I am continuing to explore these issues in reference to concerns about democracy now being in a state of crisis. In addition, I also work on a range of non-traditional security issues, with a particular interest in understanding different forms of vulnerability and an empirical focus on the 2011 triple disaster in Japan.

I have edited three books, published a monograph as well as a range of journal articles and book chapters on these and other issues.

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