Paul Belesky is an affiliated Global Research Fellow in the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at the Nottingham University in China. Prior to this role, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His Postdoctoral research focused on the governance of global agri-food systems.
His research areas include international political economy, food policy, food and water security, sustainable food systems, non-traditional security studies, East Asian studies, China’s political economy, and agricultural policy.
Previously, Paul worked for six years as a sessional Lecturer and Tutor at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy, and a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Queensland.
His teaching experience includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Globalisation and International Political Economy, Global Security, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Politics of Development, and Introduction to Inequality and Development.
He is a former member of the College of Experts at the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, where he worked as part of food systems and global food security program. He has also worked as a researcher at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia, and the Institute for Social Science Research at University of Queensland.
He has been a visiting researcher at Peking University in Beijing, China. He has presented his research at Peking University, The Australian National University, the National University of Singapore, the University of Oslo and the University of Warwick.