Director Emeritus, Institute of Asian Research
Co-Director UBC Centre for Japanese Research
Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:
Chair, Vision20: Senior Fellow, Global Summitry Project, Munk School, University of Toronto

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002; Harvard Academy Scholar 2006; Fulbright Scholar 1996) is a Professor of Political Science, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research, and Co-Director of the Center for Japanese Research.

Yves is also Distinguished Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and at the University of Alberta’s China Institute. He serves as the International Steering Committee Member representing Canada at Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD). In November 2017, he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre national du mérite by the French President.

In 2014-2016, Yves served as Co-Director of the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA), which he founded as Chair of the UBC Public Policy Curriculum Committee in 2014.

He is a regular visiting professor at Tokyo University and at Sciences Po Paris. He has held other visiting positions at National Chengchi University (NCCU, Taipei), GRIPS (Tokyo), and the Jakarta School of Public Policy.

Yves’ research specializes in East Asian comparative political economy, international political economy, and global economic and environmental governance, with an empirical focus on China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

In 2007, he published Entrepreneurial States: Reforming Corporate Governance in France, Japan, and Korea (Cornell University Press in the Political Economy Series directed by Peter Katzenstein). His most recent publications include three books (亚洲与世界未来 (Asia and the Future of the World). Beijing: 社会科学文献出版社 (Social Sciences Academic Press, China) ; L’Asie et le futur du monde, Paris: Science Po Press, 2012; and Leadership in Global Institution-Building: Minerva’s Rule, edited volume, Palgrave McMillan, 2013). He has published many articles and book chapters on the Japan’s and China’s political economy, on global governance, global climate change politics, and on the governance of agricultural biotechnology in China and Japan.

Dr. Tiberghien’s current research focuses on the ongoing transition in the global economic and environmental order, in the face of new systemic risks, a changing balance of power, and the rise of populist political forces. He is also currently working on articles on China’s role in global and regional governance (including G20, AIIB, climate change, Belt and Road Initiative) and several books Up for Grabs: Disruption, Competition, and the Remaking of the Global Economic Order; Navigating the Age of Disruption: Understanding Canada’s Options in a Shifting Global Order; and Geopolitics in East Asia: Response to COVID-19. Dr. Tiberghien founded the Vision 20 group in 2015, a new coalition of global scholars and policy-makers aiming at providing a long-term perspective on the challenges of global economic and environmental governance. The V20 held six summits (Hangzhou, 2016, Buenos Aires 2018, Tokyo 2018, and Washington DC, 2017, 2018, 2019:

Winter 2020

POLI321A Chinese Politics and Development - CHIN POLIT DEVEL Sections

The course will explore various aspects of Chinese politics and the dynamics of China's development since 1949. Topics include: the Cultural Revolution, political reform and protest, and economic reform policies and their consequences.

Winter 2020

POLI390 Honours Seminar Sections

An examination of the dimensions of Political Science and the major debates within the discipline.

Winter 2020

POLI463 International Interdependence Sections

This seminar analyses issues relating to the politics of international economic relations. For specific content in a given year, consult the brochure issued by the Department.

Winter 2020

POLI513B Current Debates in Comparative Political Economy: Globalization and Democracy - GLOBLZTN&DEMOCRY Sections


Recently supervised

• (dissertation committee member): Bourbeau, Philippe. “A Study of Movement and Order: The Securitization of Migration in Canada and France.”
• (Ph.D. thesis completed in July 2008).
• (dissertation committee member): Tan, Netina. “Access to Power: Hegemonic Party Rule in Singapore and Taiwan.” (Ph.D. thesis completed in 2011).

Currently supervising

• (dissertation committee member): Freeman, Julia. Field: Comparative GMO politics. (2007-present).
• (main supervisor): Feditchkina, Elena. Field: Comparative political economy, Russia, EU and Canada (2006-present)
• (main supervisor): Kalicki, Konrad. Field: Comparative identity politics, Poland and Japan (2008-present).
• (main supervisor): Massot, Pascale. Field: Chinese politics (2009-present).
• (committee member): Hawkins, Alice. Field: Comparative GMO politics (2008-present).
• (committee member): Woodsworth, Tom. Field: Environmental geography in China (2008-present).
• (main supervisor): Sinpeng, Aim. Field: Thai politics (2009-).
• (committee member): Rebien, Tommi. Field: Defence procurement in Asia and Europe (2009-present).
• (committee member): Neville, Kave. Field: (2009-present).
• (main supervisor): Zhang, Linting. Theme: China’s role in global energy (2009-present).
• (committee member): Gravelle, Matt. Field: Global Stock Exchange Politics. (2010-present).
• (main supervisor): Doray-Demetz, Pascal. Field: Comparative Political Economy (2011-present).
• (committee member): Kornreich, Yoel. Field: (2011-present).
• (committee member): Lian, Wenqin. Field: Law (2011-present).
• (committee member): Juan Li Maggie. Field: Law (2011-present).
• (committee member): Rodriguez, Fernando Villaseñor. Theme: Welfare Politics in Mexico and Japan (2010-present).



Recently supervised

• (second thesis reader): Bognar, Julia. “Regulating Risk: Explaining Diverging Labeling Policies between Canada and The European Union and Whether These Differences Can be Reconciled.” MA thesis, completed in August 2008.
• (thesis supervisor): Philips, Jeff. “Collecting Rent: Political Culture and Oil and Gas Fiscal Policy in Alberta, Canada and Norway.” MA thesis, completed in August 2008.
• (second thesis reader): Walsh, Mark. MA thesis defended in November 2008.
• (thesis co-supervisor with Julian Dierkes): “Fragmented Decision-Making Processes in a Global Economy: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Policy Coalitions in China.” MA thesis completed in August 2009.
• (thesis supervisor): Goodman, Jessica. “Defining Symbolic Spaces in Response to a Globalized World Incorporating GMOs and Segregating Markets in Mexican Agriculture.” MA thesis defended in November 2009.
• (thesis supervisor): Fraser, Nicholas. “Constitutional Oligarchy: The Complex Unity of the Imperial Japanese State in the Face of Crisis.” MA thesis defended in November 2009.
• (thesis supervisor): Stockman, Christian. Field: EU Environmental Policy. MA thesis defended in November 2009.
• (thesis supervisor): Massot, Pascale. “Sovereign Wealth Funds in China.” MA thesis defended in November 2009.
• (thesis supervisor): Chan, Evelyn. Theme: Deliberation in China. MA thesis defended in November 2010.
• (thesis supervisor): Ma, Bernice (Hua). Theme: Hong Kong Politics. MA thesis defended in November 2010.
• (thesis supervisor): Clark, Josh. Theme: Energy Politics in Canada. MA thesis defended in November 2010.
• (second thesis reader): Lin, Yu-Ting. MA thesis defended in November 2011.
• (second thesis reader): Kim, Ji-Eun. MA thesis defended in November 2011.
• (thesis supervisor): Chen, Yunnan. Theme: China and Environmental Politics. MA thesis defended in May 2012.

Currently supervising

• (main thesis supervisor): Zhang, Chunman. Theme: China and Global Governance. (2011-present).
• (main thesis supervisor): Kim, Marie. Theme: Korean political economy. (2011-present).

(Only refereed publications are listed here. For a complete list, please visit Yves Tiberghien’s web page.)

Tiberghien, Yves. 2007. Entrepreneurial States: Reforming Corporate Governance in France, Japan, and Korea. Cornell Studies in Political Economy (directed by Peter Katzenstein). Ithaca and London : Cornell University Press.

Tiberghien, Yves. In press, August 2012. L’Asie, le G20, et le future du Monde. Paris: Presses de Science Po. Collection Nouveaux Debats. [Book cover here]

Tiberghien, Yves, ed. 2013. Leadership in Global Institution Building: Minerva’s Rule. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics Series. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan. 301 pages.

  • Chapter 1 (Yves Tiberghien): “Introduction: Minervian Actors and the Paradox of Post-1995 Global Institution Building” (pp. 1-22)
  • Chapter 2 (Yves Tiberghien): “Varieties of Minervians: Scorecards and Patterns” (pp. 25-32)
  • Chapter 15 (Yves Tiberghien): “Successes and Limits of the Minervian Moment” (pp. 260-269)

Books in progress

Tiberghien, Yves. The Global Battle over the Governance of Genetically-Engineered Food. (status: Submitted for review).

Tiberghien, Yves. China’s Role in Global Governance: G20, Climate Change, and Food Security. (status: Submitted for review).

Recently published journal articles

Tiberghien, Yves. 2017. “Fostering Bold and Innovative Ideas for Urgent Global Challenges: The V20 Contribution to the G20 during the China-German Transition.” Global Summitry: Politics, Economics and Law in International Governance. Oxford University Press. Vol. 3, No. 1. Pp. 1-18.


Tiberghien, Yves. 2014. “An Uncertain World: Rising Powers, Systemic Risk, and the Role of Institutions and Entrepreneurship: a Response to Brantly Womack’s ‘China’s Future in a Multinodal Order.” Pacific Affairs. Volume 87, No. 2. June 2014. Pp. 285-293.


Tiberghien, Yves and Niall Dugan. 2013 “Existing and Emerging Powers in the G20: the Case of East Asia.” Asien, the German Journal on Contemporary Asia. July (No 128). Pp 28-44.


Tiberghien, Yves and Hongcai Xu. 2013. “The G20’s Role in the Reform of the International Monetary System: Present Record, Potential, and Scenarios.” Global Summitry Journal. Vol1. Issue 1. June.

Tiberghien, Yves. 2011. “La Chine face au grand jeu du G20 et de la gouvernance mondiale.” Revue Internationale de Politique Comparee. 18, no. 3: 95-122.

Tiberghien, Yves. 2010. “The Puzzling 2010 Diaoyutai/Senkaku Crisis:Centrifugal Domestic Politics, Shifting Balance of Power, and Weak Regional Institutionalization.” Harvard Asia Quarterly. Special Issue on Maritime Asia. Harvard University: Harvard Asia Center. Winter 2010. Volume XII, No. 3 & 4. Pp 70-78.

Tiberghien, Yves. 2011. “The political Consequences of Inequality in Japan.” Journal of Social Science (『社会科学研究』) 62, no. 1 (February): 77-99.

Tiberghien, Yves. 2009. “Transitional Competitive Governance and Agenda-Setting in the EU: the Battle over the Regulation of GMOs since the mid-1990s.” Journal of European Integration. 31. 3 (May): 389-407.

Tiberghien, Yves and Miranda Schreurs. 2007. “High Noon in Japan: Kyoto Protocol Politics and the Power of a Symbol.” Global Environmental Politics. 7.4 (November): 70 – 91.

Schreurs , Miranda and Yves Tiberghien. 2007. “Multi-Level: Explaining European Union Leadership in Climate Change Mitigation.” Global Environmental Politics. 7.4 (November): 19 – 46.



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