Dr Rob Yates

Dr Rob Yates

Dr Rob Yates

B.02, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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I am interested in IR theory, particularly the English School of IR, and the international relations of the Asia-Pacific. My research focuses on how the analysis of social roles can help us understand contemporary regional orders. 

In my recent work I have analysed role negotiation between the great powers and Southeast Asian states from the early Cold War to the present day. I showed how political actors' negotiations at critical junctures established mutual understandings of great power-small power regional responsibilities. I argued that this approach, which emphasises actors' social roles, accounts for the unusual prominence of small power activism in Asia-Pacific regional organisation.    

Before joining SPAIS, I taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and Brunel University London. I have a BSc in International Relations with Law from the University of Plymouth and a MSc and PhD in International Relations from Royal Holloway.



Yates, R. "The English School and postcolonial state agency: social roles and order management in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific." International Theory, first view https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752971919000265 (2020)

Yates, R. Understanding ASEAN's role in Asia-Pacific Order Palgrave Macmillan (2019)

Yates, R. "ASEAN as the 'regional conductor': understanding ASEAN's role in Asia-Pacific order." Pacific Review 30:4 (2017)




Theories of Development 

East Asia and Global Development 

Development Studies 

Power Politics and International Relations in East Asia

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