Professor Hugo Dobson

Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies
+44 (0)114 222 8437
Areas of Expertise
  • Japan's international relations
  • Global governance
  • The G8 and G20

BA (International History and Politics), MA (Modern International Studies) Leeds; PhD (Japanese Studies) Sheffield.

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  • Kosuge Nobuko and Hugo Dobson (eds) Japan and Britain at War and Peace, London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Glenn D. Hook and Hugo Dobson (eds) Global Governance and Japan: The Institutional Architecture, London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2007.
  • The Group of 7/8, London: Routledge, 2007.
  • Glenn Hook, Julie Gilson, Christopher Hughes and Hugo Dobson, Japan’s International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security, London: Routledge, 2005, second edition.
  • Japan and the G7/8, 1975 to 2002, London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
  • Hugo Dobson and Glenn D. Hook (eds), Japan and Britain in the Contemporary World: Responses to Common Issues, London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
  • Japan and United Nations Peacekeeping: New Pressures, New Responses, London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Journal Articles

  • 'The 2008 Hokkaido-Toyako G8 Summit: neither summit nor plummet', Japan Focus, Vol. 48, November, 2008.
  • 'Mister Sparkle meets the Japanese Yakuza: Depictions of Japan in The Simpsons', The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2006, pp. 44-64.
  • 'The Stamp of Approval: Decision-making Processes and Policies in Japan and the UK', East Asia: An International Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2005, pp. 56-76.
  • 'Japan and the G8 Evian Summit: bilateralism, East Asianism and multilateralization', G8 Governance, No. 9, February 2004, pp. 1-17.
  • Glenn Hook, Julie Gilson, Christopher Hughes and Hugo Dobson, 'Japan and the East Asian Financial Crisis: Patterns, Motivations and Instrumentalisation of Japanese Regional Economic Diplomacy', European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2002, pp. 177-197. 
  • 'Japanese Postage Stamps: Propaganda and Decision-Making', Japan Forum, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2002, pp. 21-39. 
  • 'The Failure of the Tripartite Pact: Familiarity Breeding Contempt between Japan and Germany, 1940-1945', Japan Forum, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1999, pp. 179-190. 
  • 'Regional Approaches to Peacekeeping Activities: The Case of the ASEAN Regional Forum', International Peacekeeping, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1999, pp. 152-171.
  • 'Regionalism and United Nations Peacekeeping: Developments and Prospects', ICCLP Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1999.

Book Chapters

  • 'Reporting the Fiftieth and Sixtieth Anniversaries of the End of World War 2: Less Fear and Loathing in the UK press towards Japan?', in Hugo Dobson and Kosuge Nobuko (eds) Japan and Britain at War and Peace, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 151-165.
  • 'Leadership in Global Governance: Japan and China in the G8 and the UN', in Christopher M. Dent (ed.) China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008, pp. 181-202.
  • 'Teaching Excellence in Higher Education in Japan: An Evolving Agenda', in Alan Skelton (ed.) International Perspectives on Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Improving Knowledge and Practice, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 183-196 (with Mori Yukako).
  • 'Global Governance and the G7/8', in Glenn D. Hook and Hugo Dobson (eds) Global Governance and Japan: The Institutional Architecture, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 23-39.
  • 'Japan and the UK at the G8 Summit: Cooperation and Conflict at the Highest Level of Diplomacy' in Philip Towle and Nobuko Margaret Kosuge (eds) Britain and Japan in the Twentieth Century: One Hundred Years of Trade and Prejudice, London: I.B. Tauris, 2007, pp. 152-165.
  • 'Global Governance, the G7/8 summit and Japan', in Glenn D. Hook (ed.) Contested Governance in Japan, RoutledgeCurzon, 2005, pp. 17-35.
  • 'The Military in Government: From Coup d'Etat to Civilian Control', in Sekiguchi Masashi (ed.) 'Government and Politics' in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Oxford: EOLSS Publishers Co, 2002.
  • 'Social Movements, Civil Society and Democracy in Japan', in Catarina Kinnvall and Kristina Jonsson (eds) Globalization and Democratization in Asia: The Construction of Identity, Routledge, 2002, pp. 131-148. 
  • 'Japan in the World: From Bilateralism to Multilateralism' in Patrick Heenan (ed.), The Japan Handbook, London, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998, pp. 260-270