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Dr James HeadleyBA(Hons)(Oxf) MA PhD(Lond)

Associate Professor James Headley's research interests are in Russian foreign policy, the European Union, nationalism and ethnic conflict, and International Relations theory. He is the author of Russia and the Balkans: Foreign Policy from Yeltsin to Putin (Hurst and Co./Columbia University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Public Participation in Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He joined the Department of Politics in 2005, having previously lectured at the University of Auckland, University of Leicester, and University College London.

He is the University of Otago representative on the Steering Committee of the New Zealand European Union Centres Network (EUCN).


  • POLS 105 Comparative Politics – Introduction
  • POLS 216 Politics of the European Union
  • POLS 315 Nationalism and Identity
  • POLS 550 Comparative Regional Conflicts

Contact details

Room 4N1, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8616

Research cluster

Selected books


Chaban, N., & Headley, J. (2023). Responsibility not to be silent: Academic knowledge production about the war against Ukraine and knowledge diplomacy. Journal of International Relations & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1057/s41268-023-00300-7

Headley, J. (2022, November-December). Putting Russia back on the world stage: Performing great power-ness in words, images, and force. Verbal presentation at the Performing Global Crises Conference, [Hybrid].

Headley, J. (2022). Narratives of national and state identities in the war in Ukraine [Analysis]. Australian Outlook, (14 April). Retrieved from

Ellis, L., Winter, C., Headley, J., Goldsmith, L., Patman, R., Roper, B., & Nel, P. (2022, August). World in crisis panel. Panel discussion at the Otago Politics Day School, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Headley, J. (2022, April). Russian foreign policy and the Ukraine War: Continuity or departure? MEISA Webinar: Putin's War Path: Understanding Russian Foreign Policy from the Middle East to Ukraine. [Research Presentation].

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