Previously working for the federal government of Switzerland, he studied at the Australian National University and obtained his Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University in Tokyo. Subsequently, he has been a Research Fellow at Griffith University, a visiting scholar at Korea, Peking, Waseda and Yonsei Universities, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Tohoku University. Before moving to Hamburg, he held the position of an Assistant Professor at Leiden University.
Dr Wirth focuses on contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Korean politics. He is particularly interested in ‘Indo-Pacific’ maritime politics and the consequences of socio-economic change for the conduct of international politics on and around the Korean Peninsula.
His recent publications include Danger, Development and Legitimacy in East Asian Maritime Politics: Securing the Seas, Securing the State (Routledge 2017), and “Securing the Seas, Securing the State: Hope, Danger and the Politics of Order in the Asia-Pacific” (Political Geography 2016).