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Ed Griffith’s research interests are mainly focussed on the international relations of East Asia, in particular the Sino-Japanese relationship and China’s approach to its own changing role in the region. He is interested in exploring how established IR theories can be adapted to deepen our understanding of China’s behaviour in developing its relationships with neighbouring countries.
After a varied career that included pub management and computer sales, a voluntary teaching position in China gave Ed a taste for all things Chinese and a BA in International Relations put that into some perspective. A fascination with the Sino-Japanese relationship led him to pursue Masters degrees in both Chinese and Japanese Studies before embarking on his PhD, which examined the response of China to the Yasukuni Shrine controversy during Koizumi Junichiro’s tenure.
Ed joined UCLan in September 2014 as course leader for the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific Studies. He is continuing to work on research into the Sino-Japanese relationship and different perspectives on East Asian international relations more generally.
Ed had an article published on The Conversation in April 2018 about the Korean peace process entitled ‘A Korean peace process is underway – but it still depends on the US and China’