Dr Jeffrey Wilson
B.Ec.Soc.Sci. (Hons) USyd, PhD ANU

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

About me

Jeffrey Wilson is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy. His research interests include international political economy, economic regionalism in the Asia-Pacific, and international resource politics. He was awarded the University of Sydney Medal in 2006, and in 2012 was awarded the inaugural Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his work on the politics of Sino-Australia mining investment. He has published widely on the political economy of resource security in leading international journals, including New Political Economy, The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Third World Quarterly, Resources Policy and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is the author of Governing Global Production: Resource Networks in the Asia-Pacific Steel Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is also currently the editor of the journal Contemporary Politics.

Research areas

International political economy, Asia-Pacific economic regionalism, international resource politics, Australia’s foreign relations with Asia

Current projects

International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific: The political economy of conflict and cooperation

This project investigates international resource politics in the Asia-Pacific during the recent global resources boom. It examines governments are deploying new strategies in the wake of the boom to manage resource interdependence between the producing and consuming economies in the region. By examining the causes and impacts of these strategies, the project will contribute to the understanding of how and why the governance of regional resource interdependence is being reconstituted and its consequences for economies in the Asia-Pacific.

  • How are resource consuming and producing states in the region responding to the global resource boom, and what factor account for these policy responses?
  • What factors – be they domestic, regional or international – are conditioning the way which governments approach resource relationships?
  • What are the implications of these new strategies for the governance of resource interdependence in the Asia-Pacific?

The political economy of Australia-China economic relations

With Mark Beeson (UWA). Supported by ARC Discovery Projects Grant 2015-17 (DP150100217)

This project analyses the bilateral economic relationship between Australia and China. The principal focus is on how economic relations have been conditioned by distinctive patterns of economic and political organisation in each country. Its approach draws on and extends the Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) literature to provide a detailed analysis of the institutional features of the Chinese and Australian economies, and how these institutions condition the economic relationship between the two. It does so by:

  • Developing a new theoretical framework based on the Varieties of Capitalism approach to understand how domestic economic institutions influence transnational economic ties
  • Providing a detailed comparative institutional analysis of the  Chinese and Australian economies
  • Examining as case studies three key dimensions of the bilateral economic relationship – mining relations, foreign investment regulations and free trade agreement negotiations

Awards and grants

Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Projects (DP) Grant 2015-17. ‘The political economy of Australia-China economic relations’. $154,418. With Mark Beeson (UWA), DP150100217.

Murdoch University School of Management and Governance Small Grants Scheme 2015. ‘International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific’. $7,500.

Murdoch University School of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Grant 2012. International resource politics in the Asia-Pacific’. $5,000.

Awards and Prizes

Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award 2015 (ECR Achievement) - Awarded by Murdoch University to an ECR who has demonstrated a rapidly advancing research profile ahead of what is considered normal for the stage of their career.

The Boyer Prize 2012 - Awarded by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2011.

The University of Sydney Medal 2006 - Awarded for outstanding academic performance in the Bachelor of Economic and Social Science (Honours) program, 2003-2006.

Award nominations

Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2014, Murdoch University

Nominated for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2013, Murdoch University

Nominated for College of Asia-Pacific Excellence in Teaching Award 2012, Australian National University

Policy papers, speeches and outreach

Policy papers

Public lectures and speeches

  • Current Directions in the Asia-Pacific Trade System: Examining the ‘New Bilateralism’. Seminar for the Perth USAsia Centre’s Indo-Pacific Executive Development Program, 13 November 2015.
  • TPP vs RCEP: Choosing between the ‘mega-regional’ trade deals in the Asia-Pacific. Speech at Perth USAsia Centre, University of Western Australia, 6 August 2015.
  • Contribution to ‘Ten Years of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement’ Public Forum, Perth USAsia Centre, University of Western Australia, 23 July 2015.
  • Mega-regional trade deals in the Asia-Pacific. Presentation to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Perth, 9 October 2014.
  • Free trade agreements and Australian trade policy choices. Contribution to ‘Trade – Opening Australia to the World’ Public Forum, Australian Labor Party, Perth, 31 July 2014.
  • Multilateral organisations and the challenge of international energy cooperation. Speech at G20 Youth Forum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 9 May 2014.
  • The contemporary policy environment for Sino-Australian energy relations. Speech at Australia-China Futures Dialogue, Griffith University, 4 July 2013.
  •  Resource Nationalism or resource liberalism? Explaining Australia’s approach to Chinese investment in its minerals sector. Public lecture to the Australian Institute of International Affairs, West Australia Branch, Perth Australia, 28 August 2012.
  • Australia’s approach to Chinese minerals investment: Is the FIRB restricting Chinese resource investors? Presentation to Rio Tinto Ltd, Brisbane Australia, 3 October 2011.
  • The faulty economic assumptions of Australia’s ‘triangularity’ in Asia. Speech to New Voices – Dynamic Asia Conference, Lowy Institute for International Policy, 8 July 2011.

Media work regarding free trade agreements in Asia

 

Media work regarding foreign investment in Australia

Media work regarding Australian mining industry

Miscellaneous media work

 

Media work regarding the release of First Murdoch Commission’s Western Australia and the Evolving Regional Order report (2013):

Professional and community service

Senate Inquiry into the Foreign Investment Review Framework 2016.

Invited expert testimony regarding the Foreign Investment Review Board and assessment of investment in Australian ‘critical infrastructure’ by foreign state-owned enterprises.

Senate Inquiry into the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement 2014.

Public submission and invited expert testimony. Adopted within recommendations of Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade References Committee final report into Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (2014).

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia) Energy and Resources Taskforce

Contributing non-governmental specialist, 2015

Department of Defence (Australia) Strategic Risk Assessment Process

Contributing non-governmental specialist, 2014

Department of Defence (Australia) Defence White Paper Consultation Process

Contributing non-governmental specialist, 2014

G20 Youth Forum 2014

Academic Delegate, Australia

First Murdoch Commission: Western Australia and the evolving regional order

Commission Member, 2013

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

Resource security and the Australia-Japan relationship. Solicited policy briefing, March 2013.

Australia-China Futures Dialogue 2013

Second Track Dialogue, 2013: Securing Our Energy Future: Chinese and Australian Perspectives

Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2013

Member of organising committee, Murdoch University

Publications

Book:

Wilson, J.D. (2013). Governing Global Production: Resource networks in the Asia-Pacific steel industry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Journal articles:

Wilson, J.D. (2016). ‘Killing the goose that laid the golden egg? Australia’s resource policy regime in comparative perspective’. Australian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming 2016.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Multilateral organisations and the limits to international energy cooperation’. New Political Economy, 20(1): 85-106.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Resource powers? Minerals, energy and the rise of the BRICS‘. Third World Quarterly, 36(2): 223-239.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Understanding resource nationalism: Economic dynamics and political institutions’. Contemporary Politics, 21(4): 399-416.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Mega-regional trade deals in the Asia-Pacific: Choosing between the TPP and RCEP?Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45(2): 345-353.

Breslin, S. and J.D. Wilson. (2015). ‘Bringing Mitrany back in? Toward Asian regional functional futures’. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(2): 126-143.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Regionalising resource security in the Asia-Pacific: The challenge of economic nationalism’. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(2): 224-245.

Beeson, M. and J.D. Wilson (2015). ‘Coming to terms with China: Managing complications in the Sino-Australian economic relationship’. Security Challenges, 11(2).

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Northeast Asian resource security strategies and international resource politics in Asia’. Asian Studies Review, 38(1): 15-32.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘Resource security: A new motivation for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region’. The Pacific Review, 25(4): 429-453.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘Chinese resource security policies and the restructuring of the Asia-Pacific iron ore market’. Resources Policy, 37(3): 331-339.

Wilson, J.D. (2011). ‘Resource nationalism or resource liberalism? Explaining Australia’s approach to Chinese investment in its minerals sector’. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 65(3): 283-304.

 

Journal special issues

Hameiri, S. and J.D. Wilson (eds.) (2015). ‘The Contested Rescaling of Economic Governance in East Asia‘. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(2).

 

Book chapters and other articles

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Managing the controversies over Chinese foreign investment – Lessons from Australia’. China’s World, 1(1): 9-19.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘The China-Australia free trade agreement: A compromised victory’. In J. Watson (ed.), The Conversation Yearbook 2015: Politics, policy and the chance of change. Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘The Baosteel Group – a national champion amongst national champions’. In Xu, Yi-Chong (ed.), The Political Economy of State-Owned Enterprise Reform in China and India, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wilson, J.D. (2011). ‘China’s Rare Earths and Global Resource Security’. ANU-MASI Policy Background Papers, No. 5, Canberra: ANU-Macarthur Asian Security Initiative. Available at:

Wilson, J.D. (2011). ‘Dependency Theory in International Relations’. In K. Dowding (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Power. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

 

Conference papers

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘China, the US and Australia’s ‘Asian triangle’: Do economic relations depend on security ties?’ Paper presented at workshop on Geopolitics versus Geoeconomics in the Asia-Pacific: Choosing between China and the US, China Foreign Affairs University, 21 May 2015.

Wilson, J.D. (2015). ‘Resource powers? Minerals, energy and the rise of the BRICS’. Paper presented at New Directions in IPE Conference, Warwick University, 14 May 2015.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Regionalising resource security in the Asia-Pacific: The challenge of economic nationalism’. Paper presented at AIS/SEARC/ARC Workshop on The Politics of Southeast Asia Under Multipolarity, City University of Hong Kong, 20 November 2014.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Mega-regional trade deals in the Asia-Pacific: The TPP and RCEP’. Paper presented at Murdoch-Macau Colloquium on Political Change and Governance in Asia, University of Macau, 18 November 2014.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Multilateral organisations and the limits to international energy cooperation’. Paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Sydney, 30 September 2014.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Resource powers? Minerals, energy and the rise of the BRICS’. Paper presented at SPERI Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, 1 July 2014.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘Multilateral organisations and the limits to international energy cooperation’. Paper presented at University of Warwick, 27 June 2014.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘ASEAN and the regional trade system: Choosing between the mega-regional trade deals in Asia’. Paper presented at Indonesia and Australia in the 21st Century Workshop, Kompas Gramedia Group, Murdoch University, 20 March 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2014). ‘ASEAN and the regional trade system: Choosing between the mega-regional trade deals in Asia’. Paper presented at Indonesia and Australia in the 21st Century Workshop, Kompas Gramedia Group, Murdoch University, 20 March 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2013). ‘Managing the controversy over Chinese mining investment in Australia’. Paper presented at Owned by China: Economic, Political, and Security Risks and Opportunities of Chinese Direct Investment in the World Conference, Princeton University, November 8 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2013). ‘Regionalising resource security in the Asia-Pacific: The challenge of economic nationalism’. Paper presented to Regionalisation, Regionalism and the Rescaling of Economic Governance in Asia workshop, Murdoch University, 3 October 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2013). ‘Killing the goose that laid the golden egg? Australia’s resource policy regime in comparative international perspective’. Paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, 2 October 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2013). ‘The political economy foundations of resource nationalism’. Paper presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, 1 October 2013.

Robison, D. and J.D. Wilson (2013). ‘Indonesia and Australia: Explaining the Economic Relationship’. Paper presented at Indonesia and Australia in the 21st Century Workshop, Kompas Gramedia Group, Jakarta, Indonesia, 4 June 2013.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘Northeast Asian resource security strategies and international resource politics in Asia’. Paper presented at GR:EEN Workshop – Regional Leadership and Norms: EU, US and Asia-Pacific Trajectories, University of Western Australia, 2 August 2012.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘International resource security strategies in Northeast Asia: a turn toward mercantilism?’ Paper presented at the Fifth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Sydney, 20 July 2012.

Wilson, J.D. (2012). ‘Global resource governance: Explaining the weakness of multilateral institutions for international resource cooperation’. Paper presented at the Fourth Australian International Political Economy Workshop, Murdoch University, 2-3 February 2012.

Wilson, J.D. (2011). ‘Resource security: A new motivation for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region’. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Section Conference, University of Queensland, 29-30 September 2011.

Wilson, J.D. (2010). ‘The ‘new’ international resource politics of the 21st century: Reliving history, Chinese-style’. Paper presented at the Third Australian International Political Economy Workshop, Griffith University, 7-8 December 2010.

Wilson, J.D. (2010). ‘Resource nationalism or resource liberalism? Explaining the Australian approach to Chinese investment in its minerals sector’. Paper presented at the Fourth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Auckland, 30 June 2010.

Wilson, J.D. (2009). ‘The Chinese steel industry in the twenty-first century – globalisation and the revitalisation of the developmental state’. Paper presented at the Second Australian International Political Economy Workshop, Australian National University, 23-24 April 2009.