Dr Alan Bloomfield

VC's Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1384
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 114, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Defence Studies, International Relations, Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Tags: Defence, International Relations, International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)

Research

Note; I am currently a Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. I remain 'on the books' at UNSW to manage a reseach grant but I have no other affiliation with UNSW and cannot help you with any enquries. Please contact me at 'alan.bloomfield@uwa.edu.au'.

Research: global norm dynamics; Indian foreign policy; Australian foreign policy; the Responsibility to Protect; strategic culture.

I have two main research interests. The first is global norm dynamics. I introduced the notion of the 'norm antipreneur', the actor who resists efforts to change global norms in the article 'Norm Antipreneurs and Theorising Resistance to Normative Change' in Review of International Studies (2015). This research agenda is explored further in a book I co-edited with my UNSW colleague Professor Shirley Scott which was published by Routledge in October 2016. Entitled Norm Antipreneurs and the Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, its introduction and conclusion investigate the utility of the norm antipreneur concept, while the empirical chapters examine resistance efforts to change global norms in 12 issue areas. I currently lead an international collaborative project with Australian and German scholars, funded by Universities Australia and the German academic exchange service (DAAD). This project explores the nature and effect of contestation on norms; how such affects norm strength and content, and how these two matters are related. It will run into late 2017. Empirically, I research norms governing humanitarian protection: published works explore the Responsibity to Protect and Humanitarian Access norms, R2P as it applies to North Korea, and African resitance to the Internationational Criminal Court.

My second reserach interest is foreign policy analysis, mainly of Indian and Australian foreign policy. My first book - India and the Responsibility to Protect, published by Ashgate - investigated India's responses to humanitarian crises, especially how India, while sitting on the Security Council in 2011 and 2012, struggled to articulate a consistent response to the humanitarian crises in Côte d’Ivoire, Libya and Syria. I have also published a number of articles on other aspects of Indian foreign policy, including how India has responded to the Syrian war (due in 2017 in India Review), and the influence of Marxist parties on Indian foreign policy (due in 2017 in South Asia). My work on Australian foreign policy examines how Canberra resonds to China's rise, Australian maritime strategy, and Anti-americanism in the Labor Party, among other matters.Finally, I am known in the strategic culture debate for the 'strategic sub-cultures' model, and I am currently negotiating with Palgrave to publish a third book, provisionally entitled Australia's Strategic Culture in the Age of the Rising Asian Giants. It will be published in 2018.  

Finally, a short Bio: I worked as a litigation solicitor for six years in Perth and Sydney, Australia. I completed my Masters in International Relations at the University of New South Wales in 2005, and commenced my PhD at Queen's University, Canada, in 2006. In 2010 I began working at Queen's overseas campus located in Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK. I completed my PhD in 2011. I returned to Australia in mid-2013 as the Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. I am currently at the University of Western Australia.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Bloomfield AB, 2017, 'Why is Australia so Enthusiastic about the Indo-Pacific?', in Gopal D; Ahlawat D (ed.), India-Australia Relations and Evolving Poly-centric World Order, Aakar Books, New Delhi
    • Bloomfield A;Scott SV, 2016, 'Norm antipreneurs in world politics', in Norm Antipreneurs and the Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315707341
    • Scott SV;Bloomfield A, 2016, 'Norm entrepreneurs and antipreneurs: Chalk and cheese, or two faces of the same coin?', in Norm Antipreneurs and the Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, pp. 231 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315707341
    • Scott SV;Bloomfield A, 2016, 'Norm entrepreneurs and antipreneurs: chalk and cheese, or two faces of the same coin?', in Scott SV; Bloomfield A (ed.), Norm Antipreneurs and the politics of resistance to global normative change, edn. 1, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 231 - 250, https://www.routledge.com/Norm-Antipreneurs-and-the-Politics-of-Resistance-to-Global-Normative-Change/Bloomfield-Scott/p/book/9781138900295
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Norm Complexity and Contestation: Unpacking the R2P', in Hehir A; Murray R (ed.), Human Rights in an Age of Uncertainty, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Resisting the Emerging ‘Humanitarian Access’ Norm (in press)', in Bloomfield AB; Scott SV (ed.), Norm Antipreneurs and The Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, Routledge, Oxon
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Resisting the Responsibility to Protect (in press)', in Bloomfield AB; Scott SV (ed.), Norm Antipreneurs and The Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change, Routledge, Oxon
    • Scott SV;Bloomfield A, 2014, 'From the 'Tyranny of Distance' to the 'Prospects of Proximity': Australian Responses to the Rise of India and China', in Mattoo A; Joseph M (ed.), Rise of China and India: Implications for the Asia Pacific, edn. 1, Manohar, New Delhi, pp. 103 - 128, http://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/node/854
    • Bloomfield AB;Kim Richard Nossal, 2013, 'A Conservative Foreign Policy? Canada and Australia Compared', in Farney J; Rayside D; James Farney and David Rayside (ed.), Conservatism in Canada, University of Toronto Press
    • Bloomfield AB, 2012, 'European Interest in Australia Before Napoleon: a Strategic Overview', in Bloomfield N; Nash M (ed.), Almost a French Australia: French-British Rivalry in the Southern Oceans

    Journal articles

    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Explaining the Turmoil at the Top of Australian Politics, and the Implications for India', India Quarterly: a journal of international affairs, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0974928416654373
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'Norm Antipreneurs and Theorising Resistance to Normative Change', Review of International Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S026021051500025X
    • Bloomfield A, 2015, 'India and the Libyan Crisis: Flirting with the Responsibility to Protect, Retreating to the Sovereignty Norm', Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 36, pp. 27 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2015.1012347
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'To Balance or to Bandwagon? Adjusting to China’s Rise During Australia’s Rudd-Gillard Era', The Pacific Review
    • Bloomfield A, 2014, 'India in South Asia: Domestic Identity Politics and Foreign Policy from Nehru to the BJP', Asian Studies Review, vol. 38, pp. 159 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2013.870964
    • Bloomfield AB, 2012, 'Coming up for Air: Making Sense of the Australian ‘Future Submarines’ Debate', e-International Relations
    • Bloomfield A, 2012, 'Time to Move On: Reconceptualizing the Strategic Culture Debate', Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 33, pp. 437 - 461, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2012.727679
    • Bloomfield A, 2011, 'The Islamofascists are coming! (or are they?) Assessing the accuracy of a common contemporary analogy', Human Affairs, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0002-z
    • Bloomfield A;Nossal KR, 2010, 'End of an Era? Anti-Americanism in the Australian Labor Party', Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. 56, pp. 592 - 611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2010.01573.x
    • Bloomfield A;Nossal KR, 2007, 'Towards an Explicative Understanding of Strategic Culture: The Cases of Australia and Canada', Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 28, pp. 286 - 307, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260701489859

    Conference Papers

    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Wherefore Art Thou R2R?: Could Reinserting the Responsibility to Rebuild Reinvigorate the Responsibility to Protect?', in Wherefore Art Thou R2R?: Could Reinserting the Responsibility to Rebuild Reinvigorate the Responsibility to Protect?, International Political Science Association, Poznan, presented at International Political Science Association, Poznan, 27 - 30 July 2016
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'Democratic Allies’ Followership Patterns: A Constructivist Explanation of Military Support to U.S.-led Coalition Operations', in Democratic Allies’ Followership Patterns: A Constructivist Explanation of Military Support to U.S.-led Coalition Operations, International Political Science Association, Poznan, presented at International Political Science Association, Poznan, 27 - 30 July 2016
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'What Does India’s Engagement with the Syrian War Reveal about India as an International Actor?', in What Does India’s Engagement with the Syrian War Reveal about India as an International Actor?, International Studies Association, Atlanta, presented at International Studies Association, Atlanta, 16 - 19 March 2016
    • Bloomfield AB, 2016, 'India’s Marxist Strategic Sub-Culture, and its Influence over Indian Foreign Policy: still soldiering on sans the Soviets', in India’s Marxist Strategic Sub-Culture, and its Influence over Indian Foreign Policy: still soldiering on sans the Soviets, International Studies Association, Atlanta, presented at International Studies Association, Atlanta, 16 - 19 March 2016
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'Redefining the Region as Self-Promotion: Australia’s (Conceptual) Journey from the Asia-Pacific’s Periphery to the Indo-Pacific’s Pivot-Point', in Redefining the Region as Self-Promotion: Australia’s (Conceptual) Journey from the Asia-Pacific’s Periphery to the Indo-Pacific’s Pivot-Point, India-Australia Relations and Evolving Polycentric World Order, New Delhi, presented at India-Australia Relations and Evolving Polycentric World Order, New Delhi, 16 - 17 November 2015
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'A Little bit of Something or a Whole Lot of Nothing? Postcolonial Angst, Post-Gaddafi Chaos, and Ruling out Regime Change to Consolidate R2P', in A Little bit of Something or a Whole Lot of Nothing? Postcolonial Angst, Post-Gaddafi Chaos, and Ruling out Regime Change to Consolidate R2P, BISA (British International Studies Association), 2015, London, presented at BISA (British International Studies Association), 2015, London, 16 - 19 June 2015
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'First Mover Advantage?: Australia’s “Move Fast, Commit Little” Grand Strategic Followership Pattern', in BISA 2015 Conference: Paper Repository, BISA (British International Studies Association), 2015, London, presented at BISA (British International Studies Association), 2015, London, 16 - 19 June 2015
    • Bloomfield AB, 2015, 'Resisting the Responsibility to Protect: the Advantages Enjoyed by ‘Norm Antipreneurs’', in ISA's 56th Annual Convention, International Studies Association, New Orleans, presented at International Studies Association, New Orleans, 18 - 21 February 2015
    • Bloomfield AB, 2014, 'How ‘Law-Like’ is R2P? Entrepreneurs, Antipreneurs, and the Illusion of Institutionalisation', in How ‘Law-Like’ is R2P? Entrepreneurs, Antipreneurs, and the Illusion of Institutionalisation, Global International Studies Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, presented at Global International Studies Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 06 - 09 August 2014
    • Bloomfield AB, 2014, 'India and the Responsibility to Protect: Competing Identities, Confusing Responses, during India’s Security Council Tenure', in India and the Responsibility to Protect: Competing Identities, Confusing Responses, during India’s Security Council Tenure, International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, presented at International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, 26 - 29 March 2014
    • Bloomfield AB, 2013, 'Trust and Australia’s Bilateral Relations with China and the United States', in Trust and Australia’s Bilateral Relations with China and the United States, Power Transition in Asia (UWS Seminar Series), Parramatta, Australia, presented at Power Transition in Asia (UWS Seminar Series), Parramatta, Australia, 24 - 25 July 2013
    • Bloomfield AB;Nossal KR, 2012, 'A Darwinian Perspective on Asia-Pacific Multilateral Security Architecture', in A Darwinian Perspective on Asia-Pacific Multilateral Security Architecture, Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Sydney, Ausralia, presented at Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Sydney, Ausralia, 18 - 21 July 2012
    • Bloomfield AB, 2008, 'Reinvigorating Strategic Culture: Justifying, Reconceptualising and Specifying', in Reinvigorating Strategic Culture: Justifying, Reconceptualising and Specifying, Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Brisbane, Australia, presented at Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Brisbane, Australia, 02 - 05 July 2008
    • Bloomfield AB;Nossal KR, 2008, 'The End of an Era?: Anti-Americanism in the ALP', in The End of an Era?: Anti-Americanism in the ALP, ANZSANA Conference, Austin, United States, presented at ANZSANA Conference, Austin, United States, 28 February - 01 March 2008
    • Bloomfield AB, 2007, 'Reconciling Responsibilities: balancing fault and no-fault reasons for affirmative action in an indigenous context', in Reconciling Responsibilities: balancing fault and no-fault reasons for affirmative action in an indigenous context, Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Conference, Montreal, Canada, presented at Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Conference, Montreal, Canada, 24 - 27 October 2007
    • Bloomfield A;Nossal KR, 2006, 'Strategic Culture: The Cases of Canada and Australia', in Strategic Culture: The Cases of Canada and Australia, Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Oceanic Conference of International Studies, Melbourne, Australia, 05 - 07 July 2006

    Working Papers

    • Bloomfield AB, 2014, Norm Antipreneurs’ and Resistance to Efforts to Change Global Norms: Resisting The Responsibility to Protect