Dr Filippo Boni

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Teaching Fellow in International Relations

Contact details

Address
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Filippo Boni is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations in POLSIS, a member of the Asia Research Group as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute (UoN-ARI). His research focuses on civil-military relations, Sino-Pakistani relations, and China’s engagement with South Asia. Dr Boni is currently working on his first book Pakistan-China relations in the 21st Century (Routledge). 

Having taught previously at both Nottingham and Birmingham, in the academic year 2018/2019, Dr Boni will convene the Year 2 module International Relations of the Middle East and the Year 1 module Theories of Global Politics, in addition to seminar teaching on a number of other courses, including International Politics of East Asia. 

Qualifications

  • PhD in International Relations (University of Nottingham), 2017
  • MRes in Politics (University of Nottingham), 2013
  • MA in International Relations (LUISS), 2012
  • BA Political Science (LUISS), 2009

Biography

Dr Filippo Boni is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations since October 2017. Before joining POLSIS, Dr Boni completed his PhD in International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. His PhD research was funded by the University of Nottingham’s Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence and by the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Tomlinson Award. His doctoral thesis was titled “Civil-military relations in Pakistan: a case study of Sino-Pakistani ties 2001-2016”. 

Dr Boni has conducted fieldwork in Pakistan and China during his PhD, and, for his active engagement as a PGR member at Nottingham, he earned the Michael Cowan Award from the School of Politics and International Relations.

Dr Boni has been the Guest Editor (2017-18) of the journal Contemporary South Asia, for which he co-edited the 2017 Annual Conference Special Issue of the British Association of South Asian Studies.   

Teaching

Fall Term: 

  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • International Politics of East Asia
  • Theories of Global Politics 

Spring Term: 

  • War Thorn States and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Global South
  • Rebels and Revolutionaries
  • Theories of Global Politics

Past teaching experience: 

  • International Relations Theory (Year 2)
  • Advanced Modern Asia (Year 3)
  • Politics in a Changing World (Year 1)

Research

Research interests: 

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Civil-military relations
  • China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the politics of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • China-South Asia relations
  • India’s foreign policy 

Other activities

Dr Boni was elected as a Graduate and Early Career Member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) (2018-2021) and is also the social media officer of the “Politics of South Asia” Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association. 

He was a consultant of the “Observatory on South Asia”, a project by the NORIA – South Asia Programme. He has presented his work to both academic and non-academic audiences, including the LSE South Asia Summit (2018) as well as the PhD workshop (2014) and the South Asia Advisory Board Meeting (2016) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Publications

Book:

Boni, F. (2019) Pakistan-China relations in the 21st century, Routledge (Working title. Expected publication date: Spring 2019). 

Journal Articles: 

Boni, F. and Maiorano, D. (2018) ‘India at 70: Introduction to the BASAS 2017 Special Issue’, Contemporary South Asia, 26(2), pp. 259-262. 

Boni, F. and Maiorano, D. (eds) (2018) ‘Special Issue of the British Association of South Asian Studies Annual Conference 2017’, Contemporary South Asia, 26(3), pp. 259-349.           

Boni, F. (2016) ‘Civil-military relations in Pakistan: a case study of Sino-Pakistani relations and the port of Gwadar’, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54(4), pp. 546-565. 

Online Commentaries: 

Boni, F. (2018) ‘A corridor to power? CPEC and Pakistan’s elections’, Asia Dialogue, Available from: http://theasiadialogue.com/2018/05/16/a-corridor-to-power-pakistans-2018-elections-and-cpec/

Boni, F. (2017) ‘The impact of CPEC on Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies’, IAPS Dialogue, 17th July 2017, available from: http://theasiadialogue.com/2017/07/17/the-impact-of-cpec-on-pakistans-domestic-and-foreign-policies/

Boni, F. (2016) ‘Conducting Interviews in Pakistan. An account from the field’, Dissertation Reviews, 15th February 2016, available from: http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/12464.