Carol Louise Buxton

A Route to Normalcy? Japan's Space Policy

Carol BuxtonSupervisors: Dr Julie Gilson and Dr Tsering Topgyal

Carol Buxton is undertaking doctoral research into the role of outer space as a terrain of Japan’s foreign policy, as a part of Japan’s search for normalcy.  Carol is using a case study based approach to produce an empirical piece of research, which will look to shed new light on how a state’s space policy can impact its foreign policy behaviour on earth.   The research will seek to shape why outer space should be seen as a foreign policy terrain of the future.


Before joining POLSIS as a doctoral researcher in 2015, Carol completed her Masters in International Relations where she focused on Foreign Policy and International Relations Theory. 

Her doctoral research awarded her the prestigious Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship in 2017, which has taken her to Keio University, Tokyo.  She is currently working with Professor Yuichi Hosoya until 2019 when she will then return to POLSIS.


  • MA International Relations (Distinction), University of Birmingham

Research interests

  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Outer Space Policy
  • International Relations of the East Asia Region
  • International Relations Theory

Other activities


POLS 216 The International Politics of East Asia (2nd year)

POLS 332 Advanced Modern Asia (final year)

Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholar, 2017-2019.


British Association for Japanese Studies

British Association of MEXT Scholars

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