Dr Julie Gilson

Dr Julie Gilson

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in Asian Studies

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 3305
+44 (0)121 414 3496
Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


MA, PhD (Sheffield)


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


Teaching: Pols 216 International Politics of East Asia; Pols 332 Advanced Modern Asia

Postgraduate supervision

Areas of PhD supervision:

  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • East Asian Regionalism
  • Inter-regionalism
  • Asia-Europe Relations
  • Civil Society in Asia
  • Transnational Advocacy
  • Rising Powers and the BRICS


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


  • Authored Books

Hook, G., Gilson, J.A., Hughes, C.W. (2011) 'Japan's International Relations' 3rd Edition, London, Routledge.

Gilson, J.A., Hook, G., Hughes, C.W. (2005) 'Japan's International Relations' 2nd Edition, London, Routledge.

Gilson, J.A (2002) 'Asia Meets Europe, Cheltenham', Edward Elgar, 217 pages,  ISBN: 1840641088.

  • Chapters

Gilson, J.A. (2011) 'The Asia-Europe Meeting', in M. Beeson and R. Stubbs (eds) Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism, London, Routledge.

Gilson, J. A. (2011) 'Structuring accountability: civil society and the Asia-Europe Meeting', in J.A. Scholte (ed.) Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Gilson, J. A. (2011) 'Drifting Apart? Japan-EU Relations', in A. Gaunder (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics, London, Routledge.

Gilson, J. A. (2010) 'The European Union and East Asia', in D. Bailey and U. Wunderlich (eds) The European Union and Global Governance: A Handbook, London, Routledge.

Gilson, J. A (2010) 'Governance and Non-Governmental Organisations in East Asia: Building Region-Wide Coalitions', in Armstrong, D., Bello, V., Gilson, J. and Spini, D. Civil Society and International Governance: The Role of Non-state Actors in the EU, Africa, Asia and Middle East London, Routledge.

  • Articles in Academic Journals

Gilson, J.A (2013) 'Communicating Practice in Transnational Advocacy:
Examples from Southeast Asia,' Globalizations 10(6): 571-85.

Gilson, J.A (2013) 'Communicating Practice in Transnational Advocacy:
Examples from Southeast Asia,' Globalizations 10(6).

Gilson, J.A (2011) ‘Transnational Advocacy: New Spaces, New Voices,’ Alternatives 36(4): 288-306

Gilson, J.A (2009) 'Social Learning among NGOs: Mine Action in Southeast Asia', Global Society. 23(3): 269-93

Gilson, J.A (2007) Strategic Regionalism in East Asia, Review of International Studies, 33, 1, 145-63. ISSN: 02602105.

Gilson, J.A (2007) Building Peace or Following the Leader? Japan's Peace Consolidation Diplomacy, Pacific Affairs, 80, 1, 27-47. ISSN: 0030851X.

Gilson, J.A (2005) New Interregionalism? The EU and East Asia, Journal of European Integration, 27, 3, 307-26