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Reader in Asian Studies, University of Birmingham

Julie Gilson has been a member of Polsis since 2003. Her main interests at present focus on interpreting ‘civil society’ in Asia, with a particular focus on transnational advocacy groups. Previously she has written work on East Asian regionalism, Asia-Europe inter-regional relations and Japanese foreign policy.

Research interests:
– Civil Society in Asia
– Asian Regionalism
– Japanese Foreign Policy
– Asia-Europe Relations

Current and recent projects:
– The spatiality of transnational advocacy: examples from Asia
– Transnational governance & legitimacy
– Resource nationalism: Russia and Japan
– Social learning and NGOs in Asia
– Japanese foreign policy


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics, University of Birmingham