About Me


I am a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor, researcher and author specialising in China, India and Asia’s rise to worldwide importance, and the study of great power politics.  Based in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, I work as a public intellectual who shares my longstanding expertise with a range of audiences, in order to improve their understanding of important dynamics in the contemporary world.

Building engagement on topics of global significance, I actively enhance our appreciation of current affairs in a compelling, energetic and interesting manner.  Driven by a deep curiosity and enthusiasm, my Books, Other WritingPublic Engagement and Media activities collectively enrich our awareness, knowledge and thinking as a society.  I am currently developing ideas concerning authoritarianism in global politics, China’s coming world order, Hindu nationalism, the political history of modern India, and the rise of great powers.

As a high calibre researcher, I work in a variety of challenging environments, displaying excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and decisiveness.  To all my work I bring the strong verve and zeal that I have for teaching, to enable the clear presentation and explanation of topics and arguments, as well as to cultivate self-confidence and learning in my audience.

I have previously taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Durham University, as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  I am recognised as a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA); and have been appointed as a Research Fellow with the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), as an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), and as a Visiting Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  In 2018, I founded the European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR) research network.

When not working, I try to learn Greek, and am a frequent visitor to Athens and the Cyclades.  Apart from travelling, I pursue a love of film noir, documentaries and literature.  I am also an ad hoc photographer, Pilates student, junglist and vinyl enthusiast, and take part in several music projects.  I currently live in Edinburgh with my partner and two sons.