Dr Paul C. Irwin Crookes
I have been based at Oxford since October 2011, prior to which I was Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where I taught courses on East Asian security, China’s international relations, and the institutional politics of the European Union. I gained both my MPhil and PhD from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and hold a BSc(Econ) degree from the LSE. My particular research interests include EU-China relations, China’s capabilities in advanced technology, and the development of international regimes.
In the academic discipline of international relations, I adopt an analytically eclectic theoretical position in the tradition of accepting that no one paradigm is likely to have all the answers to complex interactions within today’s international system.
I returned to academic research after a 20-year career in the international IT industry, which took me on work assignments beyond the UK to the United States, continental Europe, India and China. During this time I provided consulting services to many different kinds of organisations, including high-tech start-ups, multinational corporations, EU institutions, and national government agencies. I had a particularly enjoyable time on one assignment living and working in Beijing, leading an international team of computer software designers working on risk analysis projects for the underwriting insurance market, where I specialised in defining intellectual property protection strategies for a successful Sino-British commercial partnership.
Recent and forthcoming publications include:
Farnell, J. and Irwin Crookes, P. (2016) The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations: An Uneasy Partnership, Palgrave Macmillan, Politics and Asian Studies. ISBN 978-1137491176
Irwin Crookes, P. and Knoerich, J. (2015) Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions (Editors), Palgrave Macmillan, St Antony’s Series. ISBN 978-1137391414
Irwin Crookes, P. (2010) Intellectual Property Regime Evolution in China and India. Brill, Leiden and Boston. Social Sciences in Asia Series. ISBN 978-9004179752.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2016) 'The Political and Security Nexus of the Taiwan Strait and China's New Military Capabilities', The RUSI Journal, Vol. 161 No. 2. The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies / Taylor & Francis.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2014) “EU Soft Power with China: Technical Assistance in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights”, European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 19 No. 3/1. Kluwer.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2013) “Resetting EU-China relations from a values-based to an interests-based engagement” International Politics Vol. 50 No 5. Palgrave Macmillan.
Irwin Crookes, P. and McManus, J. (2013) “China and India Leading a Global Insurgency within the Software Industry”, Global Business and Economics Review, Vol. 15 No 4, Inderscience.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2012) “China’s new development model: Chinese prospects in technology innovation”, China Information, Vol. 26 No. 2. Sage.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2009) “China’s Embrace of the Market Economy: Understanding its Innovation Strategy” European View, Vol. 8 Issue 1. Springer.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2009) Maintaining Europe’s Innovative Advantage: EU Policy Responses to the Asian Challenge in Pharmaceutics and Software. Centre for European Studies, Brussels.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2017) 'The EU-China relationship characterised by ineffective political action and lack of trust' Europe's World, 23rd August 2017 http://www.friendsofeurope.org/publication/eu-china-relationship-characterised-ineffective-political-action-and-lack-trust
Irwin Crookes, P. (2016) 'Europe and China after Brexit', China Policy Institute: Analysis https://cpianalysis.org/2016/08/05/europe-and-china-after-brexit/
Irwin Crookes, P (2013) Review of "Conducting Business in China: An Intellectual Property Perspective", by Lei Mei, European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 35 No. 7, Sweet & Maxwell.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2011) Review of “Playing Our Game: Why China’s Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West”, by Edward S. Steinfeld, East Asia Vol. 28 No. 4.
Irwin Crookes, P. (2008) “China’s Drive towards an Innovation Economy: software and IP evolution”. Research paper published online and presented at the Annual Conference of the UK’s Chinese Economic Association, held at the University of Cambridge.