Dr Christopher Hobson

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

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808

Research interests

international political theory, ethics, democracy, liberalism,  non-traditional security, human security, natural and technological disasters, nuclear energy, artificial intelligence. 


In October 2018, I joined the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs as Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs, a dual degree program with Ritsumeikan University, Japan. I presently also hold posts as a Visiting Professor in the College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Cyber Civilization Research Center, Keio University.

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).

Most of my work broadly falls within international political theory. Much of my research explores democracy in the context of international relations, with a focus on understanding how its current position and future possibilities are shaped by its past. I am currently working on a new book project that explores ethical action in the context of restricted agency. 

In addition, I work on a range of non-traditional security issues, previously focusing on the Fukushima nuclear accident, and more recently extending my interest in technological dangers to examining the risks related to the development of artificial intelligence (AI). I was awarded a grant in 2020 by the Toshiba International Foundation for a research project on the security challenges of AI, which I undertaking in collaboration with CCRC. 

I have published a monograph on democracy with Edinburgh University Press, edited three books with Routledge, as well as publishing a range of journal articles and book chapters on these and other issues.

Projects and Grants

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