Robert Hanlon

Associate faculty

Humanitarian Studies

Robert Hanlon is a political scientist, author and consultant whose research explores the links between corruption and human rights in emerging economies. His work on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has appeared throughout scholarly publications and media. Hanlon has two forthcoming books, including one on bribery in Asia and a co-authored book on human security with Royal Roads Prof. Kenneth Christie. Hanlon is a contributing editor for the Anti-Corruption Research Network and an occasional analyst for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He regularly serves as a consultant to major multinational corporations on issues of business and human rights. Hanlon also teaches international politics at Thompson Rivers University.


Prior to joining Royal Roads in 2011, Hanlon served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, for three years. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University. Outside academia, Hanlon has worked for the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, as well as the High Commission of Canada in Australia.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford), the Liu Institute for Global Issues (UBC), and the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (Chulalongkorn).


PhD in international relations and Asian politics

City University of Hong Kong

Master’s in peace and conflict resolution

University of Queensland

BA in political science and philosophy

University of Victoria