About the research
My research focuses on the international relations of East Asia, in particular Japan and its relations with China and the United States. I have published articles and chapters on a variety of topics including regional territorial disputes, military bases, and US influence on Japanese policy-making. I am also interested in how international politics affects everyday life in a range of ways, from food consumption to the environment as well as rural policy and immigration. These interests led to the publication of a co-authored monograph, Regional Risk and Security in Japan: Whither the everyday, and a forthcoming chapter on Japan’s agriculture and trade policy. In 2015 I also co-edited a volume on risk, Risk State: Japan's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty, together with colleagues based in Japan and in the United Kingdom. We were awarded a Tohoku Creativity Grant this year, and will organize two workshops examining the discourse of Japan’s ‘decline’ and what this means both domestically and in terms of its position in world.
- O'Shea, P., Mason, R. & Hook, G. (2015). Regional risk and security in Japan : whither the everyday. Routledge.
- O'shea, P. (2012). Playing the sovereignty game : understanding Japan's territorial disputes. University of Sheffield. Dissertation.
- O'Shea, P., Mason, R. & Maslow, S. (2015). (Eds.) Risk state: Japan's foreign policy in an age of uncertainty. Ashgate.
- O'shea, P. (2018). Strategic narratives and US military bases in Japan: How ‘deterrence’ makes the Marine base on Okinawa ‘indispensable’. Media, War and Conflict. SAGE Publications.
- O'Shea, P. (2015). How Economic, Strategic, and Domestic Factors Shape Patterns of Conflict and Cooperation in the East China Sea Dispute. Asian Survey, 55, 548-571. University of California Press.
- O'shea, P. (2015). The East China Sea maritime and territorial dispute: a stand-off that suits everybody?. Global Affairs, 1, 455-463.
- O’shea, P. (2015). Dodgy dumplings and lethal liver: risk, food terrorism, and Sino–Japanese relations. The Pacific Review, 28, 303-321. Taylor & Francis.
- O'Shea, P. (2014). Overestimating the ‘Power Shift’: The US role in the failure of the Democratic Party of Japan’s ‘Asia Pivot’. Asian Perspective, 38, 435-459. Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Book chapters (3)
- O'shea, P. (2019). Learning from Okinawa’s geopolitical history: how easing the burden of the bases makes good geopolitical sense. In HaraHolroydSöderberg, K. C., Hara, K., Holroyd, C. & Söderberg, M. (Eds.) Asia's Transformations, Japan's Future and a New Meiji Transformation : International Reflections (pp. 97-105). Routledge.
- O'Shea, P. (2017). The trans-Pacific partnership, import dependency, and the future of food security in Japan. Feeding Japan : The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk, 385-411. Springer International Publishing.
- O'Shea, P. (2015). Internal and External Risks to Japan's Northern Territories Policy. In Maslow, S., Mason, R. & O'Shea, P. (Eds.) Risk state: Japan's foreign policy in an age of uncertainty (pp. 19-34). Ashgate.
Working papers (1)
- O'Shea, P. (2012). SOVEREIGNTY AND THE SENKAKU/DIAOYU TERRITORIAL DISPUTE. Working Paper.
- O'shea, P. (2019). Book Reviews Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino–Japanese relations, past and present : by June Teufel Dreyer, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, 472 pp., £25.49 (hardback). Asian Studies Review, 44, 161-162. Taylor & Francis.
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
- O'shea, P. & Maslow, S. (2019). There Will Be No Winner in the Japan-South Korea Dispute. The Diplomat.
Newspaper articles (2)
- O'shea, P. & Maslow, S. (2019). World leaders are actually going out of their way to cosy up to Donald Trump – just look at Japan. The Conversation.
- O'shea, P. (2018). Släpp cynismen – grip tillfället. Sydsvenskan. Sydsvenska Dagbladet.