Christopher Hobson

Professor Christopher Hobson

Program Convenor - Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs


BA, MIR (University of Melbourne); PhD (ANU)

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Christopher Hobson

In October 2018, I joined the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs as Program Convenor of the dual degree program - Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs. This program has been established in partnership with the Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

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).

My work could broadly be described as falling within international political theory. Much of my research explores democracy in the context of international relations, with a focus on understanding how democracy’s current position and future possibilities are shaped by its past. I am continuing to explore these issues in reference to concerns about democracy now being in a state of crisis. In addition, I also work on a range of non-traditional security issues, with a particular interest in understanding different forms of vulnerability and an empirical focus on the 2011 triple disaster in Japan.

I have edited three books, published a monograph as well as a range of journal articles and book chapters on these and other issues.

Dual-degree official opening ceremony in Japan

Last month, Ritsumeikan University celebrated the launch of the dual degree program between ANU Coral Bell School and Ritsumeikan’s College of Global Liberal Arts.

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Security in 'Society 5.0'

As Japan moves toward Society 5.0, there is a need for a much more transparent accounting of the possible downsides surrounding this transition, and further consideration of how some of the risks can be minimized.

Creating a future beyond borders : Innovative dual degree program commences in Japan with Ritsumeikan University’s College of Global Liberal Arts

Earlier this month students commencing in Japan in the dual-degree program were welcomed by the Ritsumeikan University.

2019 cohort RU-ANU

Our first cohort of dual-degree students commences

Last week the Bell School welcomed its first students into the Bachelor of Asia

Japan bound - to launch our new dual degree

Dr Christopher Hobson has joined the Bell School as Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affa

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