Researcher biography

Roland Bleiker teaches international relations, peace studies and political theory. His research explores the politics of aesthetics, visuality and emotions, which he examines across a range of issues, from humanitarianism and peacebuilding to protest movements and the conflict in Korea. His most recent book is Visual Global Politics (Routledge 2018). His publications can be accessed at and

Bleiker directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ: He grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He studied international relations in Paris, Seoul, Toronto, Vancouver and Canberra. Bleiker worked for two years in a Swiss diplomatic mission in the Korean DMZ and held visiting affiliations at Harvard, Cambridge, Humboldt, Tampere, Yonsei and Pusan National University as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.


Single-Authored Books

Aesthetics and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009/2012).

Divided Korea: Toward a Culture of Reconciliation (University of Minnesota Press, 2005/2008). Korean Translation 2009 (Pusan University of Foreign Studies Press).

Popular Dissent, Human Agency and Global Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Awarded the APSA's Crisp Prize for best scholarly book in political science.

Edited Volumes (Selection)

Visual Global Politics (Routledge: 2018).

Emotions and World Politics (with Emma Hutchison), Forum in International Theory, Vol 3/2014.

Mediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (with Morgan Brigg) (University of Hawaii Press, 2011)

Autoethnographic International Relations, Forum in the Review of International Studies, Vol 36 No 3 and 4, 2010 (with Morgan Brigg)

Journal Articles (recent and small selection)

"Writing Visual Global Politics: In Defence of a Pluralist Approach," International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 2018.

"Conspiracy and Foreign Policy," (with Tim Aistrope), Security Dialogue, Vol 49/3, 2018.

"In Search of Thinking Space: Reflections on the Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory," Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45/2, 2017.

"Emotions, Discourse and Power in World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison) International Studies Review, 19/3, 2017.

"Radical Dreaming: Indigenous Art and Cultural Diplomacy," (with Sally Butler), International Political Sociology, 10/1, 2016.

"Pluralist Methods for Visual Global Politics," Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43/3, 2015.

"Theorizing Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), in International Theory, Vol 3/2014

"The Visual Dehumanization of Refugees," (with D. Campbell, E. Hutchison and X. Nicholson), in Australian Journal of Political Science, 48/3, 2013.

"Fear No More: Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), Review of International Studies, 34/1, 2008.

"The Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory," Millennium, 30/2, 2001.

"Forget IR Theory," Alternatives, 22/1, 1997.