James Ferguson


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My research areas include international relations, regionalism, strategic cultures and globalisation. I am the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Faculty of Society and Design.

My research has included:

  • An emphasis on international regimes and cooperation
  • China's engagement in regional and global order
  • New patterns of international and regional governance
  • Chinese, Russian and European interactions across Eurasia
  • ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific region
  • Analysis of identity politics and power networks
  • History in shaping foreign and security policies

I have recently co-authored or written three books: China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013), The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017) and China's Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2018). Through 2018-2019 I am writing a new contracted book, Greening China's New Silk Roads: The Sustainable Governance of Belt and Road.



Statement for HDR students

Topics concerning Chinese, Eurasian or Indo-Pacific international relations can be considered, along with research focused on regionalism, regional organizations, or Asian historical interactions.

I have been involved in supervising theses studying 'soft balancing' in relation to regional organizations (ASEAN and SCO), China, Cyber-War and Security, and Non-Traditional Security.

Education/Academic qualification

History, politics and European Studies, PhD

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Research Output 1996 2018

Between Development and Sustainability: Adaptation Strategies for China and Indonesia

Ferguson, R. J. & Dellios, R. May 2018 Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals: Country Experiences. Roy, K. & Kar, S. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, p. 257-284 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

climate change
sustainable development
developing world
national strategy
global power
balance of power

Geopolitics of Development: Opportunities for China and India

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R. J. May 2018 Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals: Country Experiences. Roy, K. & Kar, S. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, p. 285-297 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

great power
Open Access
Knowledge Production
Alexander the Great

The human security dimension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R. J. 3 Aug 2017 In : Journal of Management and Sustainability. 7, 3, p. 48-62 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human security

Activities 1999 1999

  • 1 Professional Memberships

International Institute for Strategic Studies (External organisation)

Ferguson, R. (Member)
1 Aug 199930 Sep 2019

Activity: Professional Memberships


China’s development of cyber warfare doctrine: a conceptual and historical investigation.

Author: Fritz, J., 2015

Supervisor: Dellios, R. (Supervisor), Ferguson, J. (Supervisor), Brodmerkel, S. (Supervisor) & (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Defence diplomacy in the long war beyond the aiguillette

Author: Blannin, P., 13 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Ferguson, J. (Supervisor) & Murray, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Soft balancing in the Indo-Asia-Pacific: complexity, threat and contending multilateral frameworks from ASEAN to the SCO

Author: Kizekova, A., 15 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Ferguson, J. (Supervisor) & Dellios, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis