(Last updated : 2024-01-07 22:46:58)
  VYAS Utpal
   Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies
   Position   Associate Professor
■ Education
1. 2003~2006 〔Doctorial Course〕, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Completed, Ph.D
2. 2002/10~2003/09 〔Master Course〕 East Asian Political Economy, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Completed, MSc
3. 1995/10~1998/07 Faculty of Law, University of Birmingham, LLB
■ Academic and professional experience
1. 2018/04~2020/09 Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, International Relations Division Head
2. 2015/04~2016/03 International Relations and Peace Studies Division Leader
3. 2012/04 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Relations and Political Economy Associate Professor
4. 2009/04~2012/03 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Assistant Professor
5. 2007/04~2009/03 Kobe University Graduate School of Law JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
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■ Message
Message to undergraduate students: Studying towards a university degree is not only a chance to expand your knowledge, but also to learn about and challenge your conceptions of yourself and of how you think about the world. Take time to become more aware of yourself and your real interests and goals in life. Message to graduate school students: Postgraduate study is an opportunity to reassess your knowledge, and increase your expertise in your chosen topics together with like-minded fellow students. It may be your best, and last chance to think deeply, so take advantage of the opportunities pro-actively.
■ Current specialized field
Area Studies (East Asia), Politics, International Relations, Area Studies (European Union), Political Economy (Key Word:Japan, China, East Asia, Europe, international relations, political economy, comparative politics) 
■ Books and theses
1. 2023/12 Article Zeitenwende: the view from Japan EUI RSC Policy Brief 23(2023) (Single)  Link
2. 2021/03 Book Japan UK relations before and after the Brexit referendum (chapter in Kolmas, Michal
Sato, Yoichiro eds. Identity, culture and memory in Japanese Foreign Policy, Bern: Peter Lang) Kolmas and Sato (eds) Identity, culture and memory in Japanese Foreign Policy pp.63-84 (Single) 
3. 2020/04 Article Cool, warm, soft and sharp: paradigms of cultural exchange in Japan–China relations International Journal of Cultural Policy  (Single)  Link
4. 2017/04 Book China’s financial power in Asia: strategic implications of RMB internationalization for regional relations (chapter in Rothman, Vyas, Sato eds, Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia Pacific: Evolving Interests and Strategies)  pp.46-58 (Single) 
5. 2017/04 Book Introduction (chapter in Rothman, Vyas and Sato, Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia Pacific: Evolving Interests and Strategies)  pp.1-10 (Collaboration) 
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■ Conference presentations
1. 2023/12/03 Japan-Europe political economic relations and values: what is the significance of the Zeitenwende? (Asia Pacific Conference 2023)
2. 2023/09/15 Japan-EU political economic relations and values: business as usual or Zeitenwende? (EJARN Conference 2023 EU-Japan Relations, Lund, Sweden)
3. 2022/12/04 Japan-UK-EU relations: economic and security cooperation in a changing international political economy (2022 Asia Pacific Conference, Ritsumeikan APU, Beppu)
4. 2022/09/01 The political economy of RMB internationalisation: political ideology with Chinese characteristics (British Association of Chinese Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford University)
5. 2021/12 UK-Japan relations after Brexit: the Call of the East (2021 Asia Pacific Conference)
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■ Research topic, funded research and KAKENHI
1. 2023/04~2026/03  Research on Japan-UK-EU political and economic relations after Brexit  (Key Word : Japan-UK relations/Japan-Europe relations/ Brexit / International political economy / Japanese companies)
2. 2018~2020  The backlash against globalisation, national identity changes and the reconfiguration of UK-Japan relations  (Key Word : )
3. 2013/04~2015/03  China's economic diplomacy and soft power strategy: internationalisation of the renminbi  (Key Word : )
4. 2007  British Academy/JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship  (Key Word : )
5. 2004  MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship  (Key Word : )
■ Awards and honors
1. 2020 Faculty Award in the field of Research
2. 2013/07 Faculty Award for Teaching