Laura Southgate


  • Phone+44 (0) 121 204 4749
  • School of Languages and Social Sciences
    Aston University
    Aston Triangle
    Birmingham B4 7ET
    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

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Contact Details

Room: N820E   

Tel: 0121 204 4749

Email:  [email protected]


I joined Aston University’s School of Languages and Social Sciences in early 2018. Prior to this, I was Lecturer in International Security at Cranfield University, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

I received my PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2015. I previously completed an MA International Relations and Security in 2009, and a BA Law and Politics in 2008, both at the University of Liverpool. My research specialises in the international relations and security of Southeast Asia, regionalism and the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), international relations theory and state sovereignty and intervention. 

I have published articles on these themes and wider security issues in journals such as The Journal of Asian Security and International AffairsInternational Politics and Intelligence and National Security. My book, titled ASEAN Resistance to Sovereignty Violation: Interests, Balancing and the Role of the Vanguard State, was published by Bristol University Press in May 2019. My current research projects are on US and Chinese foreign policy in Southeast Asia, the regional responses to the South China Sea dispute, and governance of hybrid or weakly democratic regimes in Southeast Asia. I am a recipient of an ESRC New Investigator Award investigating Disaster Impact, Risk Reduction and Regime Type in Southeast Asia, beginning in 2024.

Research Interests

International relations and security of Southeast Asia, Security studies, Regionalism, State Sovereignty and Intervention, International relations theory, Foreign policy, Governance and democratisation in Southeast Asia

Funding Applications and Awards

ESRC New Investigator Grant 'Disaster Impact, Risk Reduction and Regime Type in Southeast Asia' (2024-2026)


  • PhD International Relations (2015, University of Otago, Department of Politics)
  • MA International Relations and Security (2009, University of Liverpool, Department of Politics)
  • BA Law and Politics (2008, University of Liverpool, Department of Law and Department of Politics)
  • PgCert in Academic Practice (2018, Cranfield University)

Teaching Activity

  • LSS0US - Understanding the International System
  • LP1030 - Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • LP2014 - International Relations: Theories and Issues
  • LPM006 - International Relations Theory

PhD Supervision

I am available to supervise PhD’s that broadly sit within the fields of International Relations, Security and Defence Studies. Specific research topics may include:

  • Southeast Asian international relations
  • Southeast Asian security and defence studies
  • Regionalism
  • State sovereignty
  • International relations theory
  • Governance


Deputy Co-Director Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, International Relations of Asia, University of Otago

Jan 2012Oct 2015

Award Date: 1 Mar 2016

MA, International Relations and Security, University of Liverpool

Sept 2008Sept 2009

Award Date: 1 Dec 2009


  • JZ International relations


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