Professor Paul Irwin Crookes

Professor Paul Irwin Crookes
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

I have been based at Oxford since October 2011 where I offer classes on China's foreign policy and international relations as part of the teaching team in Contemporary Chinese Studies. Prior to this, I was a lecturer at the University of Manchester where I taught on the international relations of East Asia and the politics of the European Union. I have MPhil and PhD degrees from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and hold a BSc(Economics) from the LSE. My research examines UK-China economic relations after Brexit and the politics of EU-China relations.

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 embarked on my academic career after working for 20 years 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.

Journal Articles

Irwin Crookes, P. (2017) 'EU-China Economic Relations: trade and investment tensions persist despite climate cooperation', China's World Vol. 2 No. 2. Huawen Institute.

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.

Book Chapters

Irwin Crookes, P. (2015) 'Technological Change and Cross-Strait Dynamics' in Irwin Crookes, P. and Knoerich, J. (Editors) Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions

Online Articles

Irwin Crookes, P. and Farnell, J. (2018) 'Looking East: a UK-China economic partnership after Brexit?' The UK in a Changing Europe: The EU and the World, 31st July 2018

Irwin Crookes, P. and Jaros, K. (2018) 'The U.K. Needs to Rethink Its Engagement with China' ChinaFile, 31st January 2018

Irwin Crookes, P. (2017) 'The EU-China relationship characterised by ineffective political action and lack of trust' Europe's World, 23rd August 2017

Irwin Crookes, P. (2016) 'The Impact of Brexit on Europe-China Relations' University of Oxford: EU referendum and Brexit analysis, 10th October 2016

Irwin Crookes, P. (2016) 'Europe and China after Brexit', Asia Dialogue, The Asia Research Institute, 5th August 2016

Policy Paper

Irwin Crookes, P. (2009) Maintaining Europe’s Innovative Advantage: EU Policy Responses to the Asian Challenge in Pharmaceutics and Software. Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels.

Book Reviews

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.