Bart Gaens

Project Director, CUSPP; Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme
Telephone +358 9432 7788

Academic degree
PhD, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan)

Japanese studies (area studies)
Japan in the Asian regional context
Major power relations in East Asia
EU-Asia relations
Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

Ongoing research projects
East Asian regionalism
Major power relations in East Asia

Selected publications

2016 "The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): A Role for the European Union in Asia?”, in Sugita Yoneyuki (ed.), Toward a More Amicable Asia-Pacific Region. Japan’s Roles.” Lanham: UPA

2015 "Sympathy or Self-Interest? The Development Agendas of the European Union and Japan in the 2000s” (co-authored with Henri Vogt), in Bacon, Paul; Mayer, Hartmut; and Nakamura Hidetoshi (eds), The European Union and Japan: A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation?,Farnham: Ashgate

2014 "Japan, Europe and East Asian regionalism”, in Liu Jianhui and Sano Mayuko (eds), Rethinking "Japanese Studies” from Practices in the Nordic Region. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies

2013 Political change in Myanmar. Filtering the murky waters of ‘disciplined democracy', FIIA Working Paper 78, February

2012 Interregional relations and legitimacy in global governance: The EU in ASEM (co-authored with Juha Jokela), Asia-Europe Journal Vol. 10, numbers 2-3, pp. 145-164

2011 The rise of interregionalisms: the case of the European Union’s relations with East Asia. The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms. Farnham: Ashgate 

2009 The Role of the European Union in Asia: China and India as Strategic Partners. Co-edited with Juha Jokela and Eija Limnell. Farnham: Ashgate

2008 Europe-Asia Interregional Relations – A Decade of ASEM. Editor. Aldershot: Ashgate

2006 Beyond ASEM VI: Lessons for the Actors. Multiregionalism and Multilateralism: Asia-Europe Relations in a Global Context. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press


Positions of trust
Adjunct Professor, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

English, Dutch, Japanese (working languages), German, French, Finnish (receptive skills)