BiographyRoland Bleiker is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland. He teaches across international relations, peace studies and political theory. His research explores how key political issues can be re-evaluated through aesthetics, images and emotions. He directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ: https://hass.uq.edu.au/visual-politics.
Bleiker grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He studied international relations in Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Canberra. Bleiker worked for two years in a Swiss diplomatic mission in the Korean DMZ and held visiting affiliations at Harvard, Cambridge, Humboldt, Tampere, Yonsei and Pusan National University as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
International Relations; Peace and Conflict Studies; Visual Politics; Aesthetic Politics; Emotions and International Relations; Political Theory; Protest and Dissent; Conflict and Reconciliation; Korean Politics.