Dr Julie Gilson

Julie Gilson

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Reader in Asian Studies

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Julie is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics. This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, philosophers, linguists, economists, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.


MA, PhD (Sheffield)


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

Postgraduate supervision

My main interests focus on climate change in Asia, environmental politics, and civil society in Asia. Previously I have published work on East Asian regionalism, Asia-Europe inter-regional relations and Japanese foreign policy, and is happy to accept proposals related to these themes.

My current and recent projects include work on:
Environmental politics and waste in Southeast Asia
The role of sustainability chapters in free trade agreements
EU-Japan relations
Japanese foreign policy
Transnational governance and civil society in Asia
Climate change and environmentalism in Asia


Recent publications


Gilson, J 2019, EU-Japan Relations and the Crisis of Multilateralism. 1st edn, Routledge, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429326134

Gilson, J, Hook, GD, Hughes, CW & Dobson, H 2011, Japan’s International Relations. Routledge.


Gilson, J 2023, 'Sustainable Development and the Environment in EU and Japanese Free Trade Agreements: Embedding Anthropocentric Narratives', Environmental Politics. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2023.2274750

Gilson, J 2021, 'From Kyoto to Glasgow: is Japan a climate leader?', Pacific Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2021.2008475

Gilson, J 2020, 'EU-ASEAN relations in the 2020s: pragmatic inter-regionalism?', International Economics and Economic Policy, vol. 17.

Gilson, J 2017, 'The security of water in Asia and the Pacific', Critical Studies on Security , vol. 5, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2017.1382261

Gilson, J 2017, '‘leaving a legacy’: documentary work in a learning environment', European Political Science, vol. 16.

Gilson, J 2016, ''Leaving a legacy': documentary work in a learning environment', European Political Science. https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2016.19

Gilson, J 2016, 'The Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan: the pitfalls of path dependency?', Journal of European Integration. https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2016.1176027

Gilson, J 2013, 'Communicating practice in transnational advocacy : examples from Southeast Asia', Globalizations, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 571-585. https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2013.806742

Gilson, J 2012, 'Regional leadership-Japanese style: Japan through the crisis', Asia-Europe Journal, vol. 9, no. 2-4, pp. 211-223. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10308-012-0308-4


Gilson, J 2019, A European pivot towards Asia?: Inter-regionalism in a new era. in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific. Manchester University Press.

Gilson, J 2018, Regionalism and security in East Asia. in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific. Manchester University Press.

Gilson, J 2011, Structuring Accountability: Civil Society and the Asia-Europe Meeting. in Building Global Democracy?: Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance.

Gilson, J 2011, The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). in Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism.

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