GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies. He received an MA in International Studies and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, and joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in 2000. Dr. Kelly was awarded the Political Studies Association Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching in Political Studies in 2003/4, and received a Postgraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education from the University of Warwick in April 2005.

In the 2010-11 academic year, Director of:

Research Area(s)

  • The Political Economy of International Trade: Currently working on a project examining the origins of the historical separation of military and non-military trade and the moral, technical and political imperative to end this separation. 
  • Regionalism: This work has examined both the theory and practice of the rise of ‘new regionalism’ in international politics. It has focused primarily on East Asia but embraces also regional projects in the core of the world economy and across the North-South divide.
  • Government-Business-NGO Relations: This work seeks to explore the unfolding relationship between states, inter- and non-governmental organisations and business in the context of regionalisation and globalisation. In particular, it has examined the role of the International Chamber of Commerce as a key actor in the global political economy and, since the announcement of a ‘Global Compact’ between business and the UN, as a key interlocutor between the public and private realms. I am currently writing a book on this. 

Specific Research Interest(s)

IR and IPE theory; globalisation and regionalisation; international trade policy; Japanese domestic and foreign policy; modern Japanese and East Asian history; contemporary East Asian political economy; diplomacy; government-business relations (with a focus on the International Chamber of Commerce).


  • World Politics 
  • Politics of International Trade 

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

I welcome high quality applications from potential doctoral students in the broad areas of trade politics and Japanese Foreign Policy.

Overview of Publications


Japan and the Reconstruction of East Asia (Palgrave, 2002).

Edited books

The Politics of International Trade in the 21st Century: Actors, Issues and Regional Dynamics (Palgrave, 2005). Co-edited with Wyn Grant. 

Stakeholder Capitalism (Macmillan, 1997). Co-edited with Gavin Kelly and Andrew Gamble.

Recent Journal Articles

"Global Monitor: The International Chamber of Commerce", New Political Economy, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2005), pp. 259-71. 

"Rice, Oil and the Atom: A Study of the Role of Key Natural Resources in the Security and Development of Japan", Government and Opposition, Vol. 40, No. 2 (2005), pp. 278-327.

"Japan and World Order", New Political Economy, Vol. 7, No. 3, (2002), pp. 397 - 414.

Chapters in Books

'The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy', in Dominic Kelly and Wyn Grant (eds), The Politics of International Trade in the 21st Century: Actors, Issues and Regional Dynamics (Palgrave, 2005).

'Trade, Security and Globalization', in Dominic Kelly and Wyn Grant (eds), The Politics of International Trade in the 21st Century: Actors, Issues and Regional Dynamics (Palgrave, 2005).

‘Doing the Business: The ICC, the UN and the Global Compact’ in Andrew Cooper (ed.), Enhancing Global Governance: Towards a New Diplomacy? (United Nations University Press, 2001). Co-written with Brian Hocking.

‘The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’, in Glenn Hook and Ian Kearns (eds), Sub-Regionalism and World Order (Macmillan, 1999), pp. 169-95.

‘An International Perspective’, in Gavin Kelly, Dominic Kelly and Andrew Gamble (eds), Stakeholder Capitalism (Macmillan, 1997), pp. 49-59.