Thompson Rivers University

Robert Hanlon

Name: Dr. Robert Hanlon
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Politics
Phone: 250-371-5527


Homepage URL:


Politics of East and Southeast Asia
Human Security and Peacebuilding
Corporate Social Responsibility
Greater China (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao)
Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand

Research Interests

My primary research explores the links between corruption and human rights abuse in developing states. I'm interested in the political dynamics of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how multinational business actors behave in emerging economies. My regional area of focus is Asia with a specialization in Greater China and Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA)


PhD, City University of Hong Kong, 2010
MA, University of Queensland, 2005
BA, University of Victoria, 2002


Books Hanlon, Robert and Kenneth Christie. (2016). Freedom from Want/Freedom from Fear: An Introduction to Human Security. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Hanlon, Robert. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights in Asia. London: Routledge. Hanlon, Robert and Meryam Dabhoiwala. (Editors). (2006). The Other Lanka. Hong Kong: AHRC. Book Chapters Hanlon, Robert. (2019). Human Trafficking and the Issue of Slavery in the Supply Chain. In Migration, Refugees and Human Security in the Mediterranean by Marion Boulby and Kenneth Christie (eds). New York: Palgrave McMillian. Hanlon, Robert and Kenneth Christie. (2018). Human Security and Peacebuilding: Critical Tools for Operationalizing Human Rights in the Post-Cold War World. In The Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies by Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyok and Imani M. Scott (eds). New York: Routledge. Hanlon, Robert with Kenneth Christie. (2017). Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Southeast Asia. In Routledge Handbook on Human Rights in Asia by Fernand de Varennes and Christie May Gardiner. New York: Routledge, pp. TBA. Hanlon, Robert with Kenneth Christie. (2014). Myanmars transition and the impact of the UN Global Compact on development. In Addressing Integration and Exclusion: Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention by Y. A. Stivachtis & S. Abbott (eds), Athens: AIER, pp. 9-20. Hanlon, Robert (2012). Corporate Social Responsibility in China's New Economic Diplomacy. In China's Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications by Guoguang Wu (ed). London: Routledge (37 pages). Hanlon, Robert (2010). Chapter 5: Human Rights and Corruption. In Corporate Social Responsibility: A Guide for Busy Managers. CanCham: Hong Kong (5 pages). Peer Reviewed Journal Articles Hanlon, Robert. (2017). Thinking about the AIIB: Can a China-Led Development Bank Improve Sustainability in Asia? In Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Vol.4:3, pp. 541-554 Hanlon, Robert with Kyae Lim Kwon. (2015). A comparative review for understanding elite interest and climate change policy in China. In Environment, Development and Sustainability, pp, 1-17. Hanlon, Robert and Stephen Frost. (2013). Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and Corruption: A Survey of 343 Faculty at the Top 20 Business Schools in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. In Journal of Business Ethics Education. Vol. 10, pp. 1-35. Hanlon, Robert. (2012). Leveraging Talent: Exporting Ideas in the Asian Century. In Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. Vol. 18:3, pp 358-74. Hanlon, Robert. (2011). Engineering Corporate Social Responsibility: Elite Stakeholders, States and the Resilience of Neoliberalism. In Contemporary Politics. Vol. 17:1, pp. 71-87. Peer Reviewed Commentary Hanlon, Robert and Kenneth Christie. (30 August 2012). Influencing the Burmese Spring: Keys to Success for Canada. Canada Asia Agenda, Issue 29, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada: Canada. Hanlon, Robert. (3 February 2011). Hu Jintaos Promise to Business: Can he deliver? Asia Pacific Memo, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Canada. Hanlon, Robert. (6 October 2010). Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia and the Sidelining of Corruption and Human Rights Issues. Asia Pacific Memo, IAR, University of British Columbia, Canada. Hanlon, Robert. (1 September 2010). Canadian Mining in Asia: Building an Advantage or Dismantling Competitiveness Asia Pacific Memo, IAR, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Employment History


Royal Roads University, Human Security and Peacebuilding Program, Associate Faculty (2011-present)
Royal Military College of Canada, Political Science, Adjunct (2014-2015)
Simon Fraser University, Political Science and International Studies, Lecturer, 2010-2014
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Political Science and Asian Studies, Lecturer, 2012-13
University of British Columbia, Institute of Asian Research, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012

Research Affiliations

The University of Hong Kong, The Kadoorie Institute, 2016
The Balsillie School of International Affairs, 2015
University of Oxford, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, 2008
Chulalongkorn University, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, 2008
The University of British Columbia, Centre for International Relations, 2005


Asian Human Rights Commission, Editor and Private Sector Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Special Projects Manager
The High Commission to Canada in Australia, Public Affairs and Academic Relations

Courses Taught

Asia and the Pacific
Comparative Politics
The Government and Politics of Canada
Canada and the Issue of Human Security
Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility
Politics of Developing Nation
The Politics of China
Politics and Law
Critical Thinking

Professional Affiliations

American Political Science Association
Anti-Corruption Research Network
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Association for Asian Studies
Canadian Business Ethics Research Network
Canadian Political Science Association
European Consortium for Political Research
Hong Kong Political Science Association
International Studies Association


Description Day Start End
Search To Top