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Oliver Turner

Oliver Turner
Name
Dr Oliver Turner
Title
Lecturer in International Relations
Address
3.02 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
0131 651 5678
Email
Research Interests
US foreign policy, US-China/Asia relations, British foreign policy in Asia, Critical geopolitics, International relations of East/South East Asia, Decolonisation
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/academic_staff/oliver_turner

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Summary bio

Oliver Turner is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. His research is located broadly within the sub-field of Security Studies, with overlaps into Foreign Policy Analysis and International Political Economy. His current research interests are in US foreign policy; US-China/Asia relations, the international politics of East and South East Asia; and British policy and presence in Asia. His work is primarily informed by postcolonial, social constructivist, and critical geopolitical theory. 

At Edinburgh, Oliver convenes the courses International Relations of the Asia Pacific (PLIT10109) and Asia Pacific in the World (PGSP11521). He also acts as Academic Misconduct Officer for the University's School of Social and Political Science.

Oliver is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. He has acted as convenor (2016/17) and co-convenor (2017/18) of BISA's US Foreign Policy working group, and is a former visiting research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

You can follow Oliver on Academia.edu and Twitter

Publications

Books

- Turner, O. and Parmar, I. (Eds.) (Forthcoming) The United States in the Indo-Pacific: Obama's Legacy and the Trump Transition (Manchester University Press).

- Turner, O. (2014) American Images of China: Identity, Power, Policy (Routledge).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

- Turner, O. (forthcoming) 'Global Britain and the Narrative of Empire', The Political Quarterly

- Turner, O. and Nymalm, N. (2019) 'Morality and Progress: IR Narratives on International Revisionism and the Status Quo', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, online first. 

- Turner, O. (2018) ‘Subcontracting, Facilitating, and Qualities of Regional Power: The UK’s Partial Pivot to Asia’, Asia Europe Journal, 17:2, pp.211-226. 

- Pan, C. and Turner, O. (2017) ‘Neoconservatism as Discourse: Virtue, Power and US Foreign Policy’, European Journal of International Relations, 23:1, pp.74-96.

- Turner, O. (2016) ‘China, India and the US Rebalance to the Asia Pacific: The Geopolitics of Rising Identities’, Geopolitics, 21:4, pp.922-944.

- Turner, O. (2013) ‘Threatening China and US Security: The International Politics of Identity’, Review of International Studies, 39:4, pp.903-924.

- Turner, O. (2013) ‘Finishing the Job: The UN’s Special Committee on Decolonization and the Politics of Self-Governance’, Third World Quarterly, 34:7, pp.1193-1208.

- Turner, O. (2011) ‘Sino-US Relations Then and Now: Discourse, Images, Policy’, Political Perspectives, 5:3, pp. 27-45.

- Turner, O. (2009) ‘China’s Recovery: Why the Writing Was Always on the Wall’, The Political Quarterly, 80:1, pp. 111-118.

Book chapters 

- Turner, O. (Forthcoming) 'US imperial hegemony in the American Pacific', in Turner, O. and Parmar, I. (Forthcoming) The United States in the Indo-Pacific: Obama's Legacy and the Trump Transition (Manchester University Press).

- Turner, O. and Parmar, I. (Forthcoming) 'Conclusion: Legacies and Transitions in the twenty first century Indo-Pacific', in Turner, O. and Parmar, I. (Forthcoming) The United States in the Indo-Pacific: Obama's Legacy and the Trump Transition (Manchester University Press).

- Hulme, D. and Turner, O. (2018) ‘Poverty reduction’, in Weiss, T.G. and Wilkinson, R. (eds.) International Organization and Global Governance, second edition (London: Routledge), pp.694-706.

- Turner O. (2016) ‘The US and China: Obama’s cautious engagement’, in Holland, J. and Bentley, M. (eds.) The Obama Doctrine: Legacy and Continuity in US Foreign Policy (London: Routledge), pp.180-193.

- Turner, O. (2014) ‘The US Pivot to the Asia Pacific’, in Parmar, I., Miller, L. and Ledwidge, M. (eds.) Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy, 2nd edition (London: Routledge), pp.219-230.

- Hulme, D. and Turner, O. (2014) ‘Poverty reduction’, in Weiss, T.G. and Wilkinson, R. (eds.) International Organization and Global Governance (London: Routledge), pp. 632-643.

Media and opinion pieces/briefs/reports

- Turner, O. (2018) 'The Golden Era of UK-China Relations Meets Brexit', The Diplomat, 18 December, https://thediplomat.com/2018/12/the-golden-era-of-uk-china-relations-meets-brexit/.

- Turner, O. (2017) ‘The United States and China: Ruptures and Realignments in Trump's First Six Months’. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Brief no. 9. (Republished on the University of Edinburgh's PIR blog: https://edinburghpoliticsandinternationalrelations.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/the-united-states-and-china-ruptures-and-realignments-in-trumps-first-six-months/).

- Turner, O. and Pan, C. (2016) ‘How Neocons are Still Winning in 2016', The National Interest, 15 August, http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-neocons-are-still-winning-2016-17361.

- Turner, O. (2016) ‘China and ASEAN: A Complex and Evolving Landscape’, University of Nottingham China Policy Institute, 13 June, http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2016/06/13/chinas-rise-and-asean-a-complex-and-evolving-landscape/. 

- Turner, O. (2016) ‘The Motives Behind China’s South China Sea Expansion’, South East Asia Globe, 12 April, http://sea-globe.com/motives-behind-beijing-south-china-sea-expansion/.

- Turner, O. (2015) ‘China and the 2016 US Presidential Debates: Curiosities and Contradictions’. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Brief no. 3.

- Turner, O. (2014) ‘Hagel Speech on China’s ‘Rise’ exposes Hypocrisy in Washington, The Conversation, 11 July, https://theconversation.com/hagel-speech-on-chinas-rise-exposes-hypocrisy-in-washington-26476.

- Turner, O. (2013) ‘West Fears the Rise of Some Countries More Than Others’, The Conversation, 9 December, https://theconversation.com/west-fears-the-rise-of-some-countries-more-than-others-20802.

Topics interested in supervising

Oliver is interested in supervising PhD dissertations on US, British or European foreign policies in East/South East Asia; and the international politics of East and South East Asia, all in historical and/or contemporary contexts.

If you are interested in being supervised by Oliver Turner, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics