Naosuke Mukoyama

Mr Naosuke Mukoyama

Research topic:
Natural resources and territorial sovereignty: The separate independence of oil-rich colonial areas
Degree course:
Curriculum vitae:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation History Nationalism Sovereignty Statebuilding 

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil student in International Relations at the DPIR and a member of St. Antony's College. Before coming to Oxford, I was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Predoctoral Research Fellow (DC1). I completed my LL.B. and MPhil in Political Science at the University of Tokyo, during which I spent one year at the University of Toronto as an exchange student.

The main theme of my research is to examine questions concerning sovereignty, state/nation-building, and colonial legacies from the intersecting perspectives of international relations and comparative politics. As part of this broader research agenda, I am focusing on the relationship between natural resources (especially oil) and the decolonization process of microstates in my dissertation project. My regional focus is Southeast Asia and the Middle East, especially Brunei and the Persian Gulf. My other research projects include the public perception of the geographical boundaries of Asia and territorial order in early modern Japan. 

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Tutor for 214 International Relations at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2020.
Tutor for 211 Politics in the Middle East at Oriel College, University of Oxford, 2020.
Tutor for 297 International Security and Conflict, University of Oxford, 2020.
Tutor for 214 International Relations at Wadham College, University of Oxford. 2019.
Tutor for 211 Politics in the Middle East at the Stanford House, University of Oxford. 2019.
Teaching Assistant for "IR Research Seminar" for Kiichi Fujiwara at the University of Tokyo. 2017.
Teaching Assistant for "Modern Diplomacy" for Kiichi Fujiwara and Masahiro Kohara at the University of Tokyo. 2015.
Teaching Assistant for "First Year Seminar" for Terue Okada at the University of Tokyo. 2015.



  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Predoctoral Research Fellow (DC1). 2017 (April - September). 

Research grants

  • Takanashi Foundation for Historical Science (1,000,000 JPY = approx. 6500 GBP). 2019-2020.
  • Cyril Foster Fund, DPIR, University of Oxford. (1000 GBP). 2019.
  • Royal Historical Society: Research Expenses for Postgraduate Students (300 GBP). 2018.
  • Suntory Foundation: Grant for Groundbreaking Young Researchers (1,000,000 JPY = approx. 6500 GBP). 2018-2019.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow (1,100,000 JPY = approx. 7150 GBP). 2018-2019.


  • The 10th Ishibashi Tanzan Young Researcher Award. Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Foundation. 2018.
  • The 10th JAIR Award. The Japan Association of International Relations. 2017.
  • The 34th Showa Ikeda Essay Award (Award of Brilliance). Showa Ikeda Memorial Foundation. 2015.
  • The 3rd Ishibashi Tanzan Peace Award (Third Prize). Yamanashi Peace Museum. 2014.
  • The 29th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest (Award of Brilliance). Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation with United Nations University. 2013.


  • Sakaguchi International Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship for Japanese Graduate Students. 2019-2021.
  • KDDI Foundation: Scholarship for Japanese Graduate Students. 2019-2021.
  • DPIR Studentship. Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. 2017-2019.
  • Keidanren Graduate Student Scholarship. Keidanren Ishizaka Memorial Foundation. 2017-2019.
  • Fulbright Grant for Graduate Study. (declined to attend the University of Oxford) 2017.
  • Furuno Scholarship. Doumei Ikuseikai. 2015-2017.
  • Showa Ikeda Scholarship. Showa Ikeda Memorial Foundation. 2015-2016.
  • Keidanren Global Human Resource Development Scholarship. Keidanren Ishizaka Memorial Foundation. 2013-2014.


Peer-reviewed articles

  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2019. “Colonial Origins of the Resource Curse: Endogenous Sovereignty and Authoritarianism in Brunei.” Democratization, forthcoming.
  • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2018. “Causes and consequences of third-party intervention in disputes over history: Recognition of the Armenian Massacre as genocide and relations with Turkey.” World Political Science, 14(1), 101-122.
    • English translation of an article published in Japanese in Kokusai Seiji, 187, pp. 30–45. (World Political Science is an IPSA (International Political Science Association) journal that publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by political science associations abroad.)
    • Winner, the 10th JAIR Best Paper Award, given by the Japan Association of International Relations.
    • Winner, the 10th Ishibashi Tanzan Young Researcher Award, given by Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Foundation.

Publications in Japanese

  • Peer-reviewed articles
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2018. “Natural resources and political regimes: The development and prospects of the ‘resource curse’ theory.” Ajia Keizai (Asian Economy), 59(4), pp. 34-56.
  • Book chapters
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke and Fumiya Uchikoshi. 2015. “Views of Japan and China in Southeast Asia: Two hidden fallacies in the Japanese society” in Sonoda, Shigeto eds., Renkei to Rihan no Higashi Asia (Cooperation and Alienation in East Asia). Keiso-shobo. pp.55-86.
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2013. “Beyond the devotion to study abroad: East Asia as an academic hub under the cooperation of Japan and Korea” in Kang, Sang-jung and Tadashi Kimiya eds., Nikkan Kankei no Mirai wo Kousou Suru (Planning the Future of Japan-Korea Relations). Shinkansha. pp. 238-260.
  • Book reviews
    • Mukoyama, Naosuke. 2017. “Book review: Adria K. Lawrence, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism.” Kokka Gakkai Zassi (The Journal of the Association of Political and Social Sciences), 130(9/10), pp.731-734.

Conference Papers and Presentations


  • International Studies Association. “Natural resources and territorial sovereignty: The separate independence of oil-rich colonial areas” and “The Eastern cousin of European sovereign states? Territoriality in early modern Japan.” Honolulu, March 26 and 27.
  • Japan Association for Comparative Politics. “Introducing New Perspectives through Historical Analysis: Resource Curse as an Example.” Tsukuba, June 29, 2019.
  • American Political Science Association. “Endogenous Sovereignty in the Resource Curse: The Separate Independence of Oil-rich Colonial Areas.” Boston, September 1, 2018.
  • Japan Association for Comparative Politics. “The Colonial Origins of the Resource Curse: Petro-Independence and Its Consequences.” Tokyo, June 18, 2017.

Departmental Talks/Workshops

  • IR DPhil Workshop, University of Oxford. 2018.
  • Nuffield DPhil Politics/IR Seminar, University of Oxford. 2018.
  • Southeast Asia Comparative Politics Research Group, Keio University. 2017.
  • Peking University – University of Tokyo Forum, Peking University. 2016.
  • Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 2016.
  • Princeton-UTokyo Young Scholars/Graduate Students Workshop, University of Tokyo. 2016