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Paul O'Shea

Paul O’Shea joined the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies as Associate Senior Lecturer in the autumn of 2016 and became a Senior Lecturer in the spring 2020. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield in 2012, after which he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics and also here at the Centre, before taking a position as a lecturer at Aarhus University from 2013 until his return to the Centre last year.

Paul’s research focuses on the international relations of East Asia, in particular Japan and its relations with China and the United States. He has published articles and chapters on a variety of topics including regional territorial disputes, military bases, and US influence on Japanese policy-making. He is also interested in how international politics affects everyday life in a range of ways, from food consumption to the environment as well as rural policy and immigration. These interests led to the publication of a co-authored monograph, Regional Risk and Security in Japan: Whither the everyday, and a forthcoming chapter on Japan’s agriculture and trade policy. In 2015 he also co-edited a volume on risk, Risk State: Japan's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty, together with colleagues based in Japan and in the United Kingdom. The same group was awarded a Tohoku Creativity Grant this year, and will organize two workshops examining the discourse of Japan’s ‘decline’ and what this means both domestically and in terms of its position in world.

Paul is convenor of politics and international relations section of the European Association of Japanese Studies triennial conference in Lisbon in September 2017, and was a Ministry of Foreign Affairs fellow at National Taiwan University in 2015. He is also a member of the European Japan Advanced Research Network.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Associate senior lecturer

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

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Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
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