Chris Ogden is a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor, researcher and author specialising in India, China 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, he also works as a public commentator who shares his 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, Chris actively enhances our appreciation of current affairs in a compelling, energetic and interesting manner. Driven by a deep curiosity and enthusiasm, his Books, Other Writing, Public Engagement and Media activities collectively enrich our awareness, knowledge and thinking as a society. Chris is currently developing ideas concerning Hindu nationalism, the political history of modern India, authoritarianism in global politics, China’s coming world order, and the rise of great powers.
As a high calibre researcher, Chris has worked in a variety of challenging environments, displaying excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and decisiveness. To all his work he brings the strong verve and zeal that he has for teaching, in order to enable the clear presentation and explanation of topics and arguments, as well as to cultivate self-confidence and learning in his audience.
Chris has previously taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Durham University, as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is recognised as a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA); and has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), in London, 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, he founded the European Scholars of South Asian International Relations (ESSAIR) research network and annual conference.
When not working, Chris tries to learn Greek, and is a frequent visitor to Athens and the Cyclades. Apart from travelling, he pursues a love of film noir, documentaries and modern literature. Chris is also an ad hoc photographer, erstwhile Pilates student, dedicated junglist, and vinyl enthusiast, and takes part in several music projects. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two sons.