School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Prof Robert Ayson

Professor of Strategic Studies
Strategic Studies (Centre for), School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 04 463 6445
Location: Room 205, 16 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Prof Robert Ayson


BSocSc(Hons) Waikato


PhD London


Robert Ayson has been Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University since 2010 and works in close association with the Centre for Strategic Studies. He has also held academic positions with the ANU, Massey University and the University of Waikato, and official positions with the New Zealand government. Professor Ayson completed his MA as a Freyberg Scholar to the ANU and his PhD at King's College London as a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK. He is an Honorary Professor with the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College

Professor Ayson has a particular interest in how we think about strategic competition and cooperation, including the management of armed conflict. This work ranges from exploring the ideas of Hedley Bull and Thomas Schelling to evaluating New Zealand and Australian responses to the changing Asia-Pacific balance between China and the United States. It also includes his current research for a book on Asia's Security and his long-standing interest in nuclear issues. He teaches and supervises on a range of related areas. A frequent media commentator and blogger, you can follow him on twitter at @robayson.

Selected Publications 


 Selected articles

Selected book chapters

Other publications

Selected commentaries

For more information on Robert's publications, papers and presentations please go to the CSS website.