I completed a joint Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield and Tohoku University, Japan, in 2012. After this I moved to Scandinavia, and have been here ever since. I started in Stockholm, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics. From Stockholm I actually moved to the Centre at Lund, again as a post-doc, before taking a position as a lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark, from 2013. Finally I re-joined the Centre as Associate Senior Lecturer in the autumn of 2016 and became a Senior Lecturer in the spring 2020.
My research interests are fairly broad, but the main focus would be the international relations of East Asia, in particular Japan and its relations with China and the United States. I have published articles, books, and book chapters on a variety of topics including regional territorial disputes, military bases, and US influence on Japanese policy-making. I am 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.
I am currently working on a number of topics, including US-Japan alliance management, Japan-South Korea relations, and Covid nationalism in Japan and Sweden.
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
(2020) Asian Security
- Learning from Okinawa’s geopolitical history: how easing the burden of the bases makes good geopolitical sensePaul O'shea
(2019) Asia's Transformations , p.97-105
(2019) The Conversation
- Book Reviews Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino–Japanese relations, past and present : by June Teufel Dreyer, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 472 pp., £25.49 (hardback)Paul O'shea
(2019) Asian Studies Review, 44 p.161-162
(2019) The Diplomat
- Strategic narratives and US military bases in Japan: How ‘deterrence’ makes the Marine base on Okinawa ‘indispensable’Paul O'shea
(2018) Media, War and Conflict
(2017) Feeding Japan : The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk , p.385-411
(2015) Global Affairs, 1 p.455-463
- How Economic, Strategic, and Domestic Factors Shape Patterns of Conflict and Cooperation in the East China Sea DisputePaul O'Shea
(2015) Asian Survey, 55 p.548-571
(2015) The Pacific Review, 28 p.303-321
(2015) Risk state: Japan's foreign policy in an age of uncertainty , p.19-34
- Overestimating the ‘Power Shift’: The US role in the failure of the Democratic Party of Japan’s ‘Asia Pivot’Paul O'Shea
(2014) Asian Perspective, 38 p.435-459
(2012) Working Paper