Professor Glenn D. Hook

BA, MA (British Columbia), LLD (Chuo)

School of East Asian Studies

Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies


Glenn Hook’s research interests are in the area of the international relations of contemporary Japan, particular in relation to East Asia, as well as in security and risk in East Asia.

His work explores Japan’s role in the restructuring of the East Asian political economy and spatial scales of order at the regional, subregional and microregional levels.

Research interests

Glenn's work details the role of both state and nonstate actors in the political, economic and security dimensions of regional relations and how new orders and sites of governance emerge in the process of global and regional transformations.

A continuing interest remains Japanese defence and security policy. His research has challenged the realist approach dominant in the field by drawing attention to the domestic constraints imposed on the policy-making process, examining issues of structure, agency and particularly norms in determining security policy.

The role of the Japanese state in mediating risk is a more recent interest. This has led to collaborative work analysing the way the state mediates both internal and external risks and how this impacts on the security of the citizen.

Research group


Glenn Hook has supervised nearly thirty Ph.D. theses on a range of topics in Japanese politics, international relations and international political economy, many of which have been revised and published in the Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge book series and elsewhere.

These include:

  • The Institutionalisation of Political Dialogue Between Japan and the European Union: Rethinking Cooperation in a Post-Cold War World.
  • Japanese Economic Power and Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: A Case Study of Japan-North Korean Security Relations.
  • Japan and United Nations Peacekeeping: From Foreign Policy Formulation in the Post -Cold War World.
  • The Political Economy of Financial Globalisation: Does Japan's 'Big Bang' Herald Convergence?
  • Japan’s Middle East Security Policy: International Relations theory and Japanese policy-making.
  • Playing the Sovereignty Game: Understanding Japan's Territorial Disputes.
  • Japan's Recalibration of Risk: The Framing of North Korea.
Teaching interests

My teaching philosophy has matured through decades of educating a wide range of students at Sheffield, where my skills have been honed through interaction with both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as through giving over two-hundred lectures and seminars to staff and students in nearly thirty countries worldwide.

It is research-based, drawing on the attitudes, theories, methods and finding of my own work as a researcher; it is student-centred, aiming to equip /you/ with the attitudes, values, knowledge and skills you need now and in the future.

It cleaves to the Latin root of the word education, ducere, by seeking through lectures, tutorials or informal interactions to 'lead out' your innate talent; and it is inspired by our university's motto 'rerum cognoscere causas' (to discover the cause of things) and by the 'Sheffield academic', who strives to produce graduates with a range of interpersonal and life-long learning skills.

Selected Major Publications

Regional Risk and Security in Japan: Whither the everyday (coauthor), Routledge, 2015

Japan’s International Relations (coauthor), Routledge, 2012 (third edition).

Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan. The Koizumi Administration and Beyond, (editor) Routledge, 2011.

Global Governance and Japan: the institutional architecture (coeditor), Routledge, 2007.

Contested Governance in Japan: Sites and Issues (editor, 2005, RoutledgeCurzon).

Japan and Okinawa: Structure and Subjectivity (co-editor), London, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Microregionalism and World Order (co-editor), Basingstoke, PalgraveMacmillan, 2002.

Japan's Contested Constitution: Documents and Analysis (co-author) London, Routledge, 2001.

The Political Economy of Japanese Globalization (co-editor) London, Routledge, 2001.

Ajia Taiheiyo no Chiiki Anzen Hosho (co-editor) Kyoto, Minerva, 1999.

Subregionalism and World Order, (co-editor) Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999.

Japanese Business Management: Restructuring for Low Growth and Globalization, (co-editor) London, Routledge, 1998.

Militarization and Demilitarization in Contemporary Japan, Routledge, 1996.