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 Adjunct Professor with the ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and Honorary Professor with the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.

Professor Ayson's work focuses on questions of strategic competition and cooperation, including in relation to the management of armed conflict. This ranges from studies of leading thinkers such as Hedley Bull and Thomas Schelling to evaluating New Zealand and Australian responses to the changing Asia-Pacific balance between China and the United States. Having completed a comprehensive study of Asia's security challenges, he is now working on the role of values in international politics. He is an editor of Incline, a blog on New Zealand's place in the world.

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