Power, Cooperation and Competition in East Asia Research Cluster


Cluster description

Members of this research cluster share an interest in contemporary international relations as well as international history in East Asia since the late 19th century. We investigate the causes and processes of international cooperation and competition with reference to the structure of international system, agencies, norms, and cultures that have generated changes in the region. While researching the international relations of China, Japan, Korea, we examine how and why different orders rose and declined in the region, and investigate new emerging trends in East Asian international relations. We actively take into account wider issues in global and regional governance, which impact upon the roles played by China, Japan, and Korea. We draw on a variety of research methods, from history to social sciences, and aim at identifying enduring patterns and emerging trends that help us explore ways to promote greater cooperation and reconciliation in the region and world.

Research areas covered
Global and regional governance in East Asia
International relations of China, Japan, and Korea
Soft power and inter-cultural relations in East Asia and the Pacific
Comparative political economy in East Asia
International security in East Asia
International and transnational history in East Asia since the late 19th century

Current Research Projects

Prof Hugo Dobson: International relations, multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G8 and G20 and Japan’s role therein. The role of images in shaping our understanding of international relations and Japan’s role in the world, from postage stamps and logos to TV programmes such as The Simpsons.

Prof Glenn Hook: International relations of contemporary Japan, particular in relation to East Asia, as well as in security and risk in East Asia. Japan’s role in the restructuring of the East Asian political economy and spatial scales of order at the regional, subregional and microregional levels. 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.

Dr Malgorzata (Gosia) Jakimow: Chinese Politics: Chinese civil society, NGOs, migrant workers, labour movements and public policy in China. Chinese IR: Chinese political economy, Chinese and international NGOs' relations and China-EU relations (the transfer of EU development models to China through the EC projects in China).

Prof Katherine Morton:
China’s international relations and its changing role in the world with a particular focus upon transnational security challenges such as climate change, food security, or internal conflicts that require new institutional mechanisms, forms of governance, and collective norms to regulate behaviour. China and Global Governance, China and the changing Global Order, East Asia security relations, China’s Western frontier, and maritime security in the East and South China seas.

Dr Hiro Watanabe: International political economy of Japan and East Asia, the Sino-Japanese leadership competition in the context of regional economic integration, the international relations of East Asia, Japanese/comparative political economy, Japanese and Korean politics of labour market deregulation, neoliberal diversification of Japanese employment, economic inequality and working poor in Japan and Korea, comparative political economy of unions' response to deteriorating working conditions, social movement unionism.

PhD student projects
Audrey Dugue-Nevers: Public Diplomacy and Soft Power, with particular focus on China’s ‘peaceful rise,’ International Political Economy, International Development, Culture and International Relations
Sharleen Estampador: Soft power, memory, and the exploration of international relations and everyday life
Dmitry Filippov: Japan's Grand Strategy, US-Japan alliance and US-Japan-China contemporary security relations
Bingyu Gao: Japan-China relations, Japanese nationalism and its impact on China in 21st century
Nicolas Garvizu: Japan’s foreign relations, soft power. State-business relations
Laphapan Hongsawadi: The Impacts of Regional Integration on Product Market and Labour Market Focusing on ASEAN Economic Community and East Asia Free Trade Area: The Experience from the EU
Kristian Magnus Hauken: Prestige, and its influence on Japanese foreign policy making towards China
Seongjo Kim:
Solidarity, labour and institution: the politics of health insurance reform in Japan and South Korea
Euy-suk Kwon:
History of Anglo-Korean relations since the late 19th century, history of Korea’s foreign relations, international history in Eat Asia
Ka Mei Samantha Ma: Sino-Japanese Relations
Qiunan Li:
Modern History of Northeast Asia, Japanese imperialism, the colonial experiences of the Chinese people in Manchukuo, as well as their perceptions of the social policies implemented by the Japanese authority in the 1930s, Manchukuo’s external relations
Stephen Morgan: Peace Building through environmental cooperation between two Koreas in the 21st century
Luca Dorottya (Dorothy) Pihaj
: Japanese identity, identity construction and what kind of roles the government and society play in this process
Minami Suzuki: Justification in Counterterrorism - Moral Justification in Political Process
Michinori Wakamatsu: Japan's engagement with Taiwan and its security implication for Sino-Japanese relations, International security in East Asia