Juego Bonn, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher

Juego Bonn, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher
Development and International Cooperation
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Academic Profile


Dr Bonn Juego is Postdoctoral Researcher specializing in the intersection between political economy, development studies, and international relations at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where he is also part of the core teaching staff of its Masters Programme in Development and International Cooperation. He has held Guest Researcher positions in Denmark - at the Department of Political Science, Aalborg University and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen. He is a recipient of the JYU Science Council mobility grant for 2018, and will be a Visiting Fellow at the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong. Among other scholarly activities, he currently serves as Board Member of the Finnish Society for Development Research and in the International Editorial Board of the Globalizations journal.


With an interdisciplinary background in the political and socio-economic sciences, Bonn's geographical area focus is on the Global South, particularly East and Southeast Asia, as well as in contemporary North-South relations. His current research endeavor investigates the political economy of recent foreign policy shift from the old state-to-state aid relations to the new economic diplomacy focused on private sector development. Bonn believes that understanding this emergent phenomenon on the private turn in Nordic countries' development cooperation with different types of regime in Asia is important in terms of: [i] current understandings of North-South development relations; [ii] feasible development strategies for both developed and developing countries; and [iii] the implications for developmental prospects and democratization processes of what used to be known as aid recipient 'Third World' countries.

Over the years, Bonn has been involved in the publication, research and advocacy on issues and topics such as history of economic thought, development strategies, innovation policy, public administration, local governance, human rights and democratization, social movements and civil society, labour market regulation and social welfare, globalization and trade unions, transformative social protection, social entrepreneurship, social commons, peace and security, ecology and climate change, migration and refugees, crimes and torture, Asia-Europe relations, and Southeast Asian political economy.

Bonn has an active interest in development economics, geopolitics, political philosophy, and science, technology and innovation policy. He is an alumnus of the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics, Critical Development Studies Network, South-South Institute, Globelics Academy, and the German Council on Foreign Relations

A reviewer for  a number of reputable academic journals and other publishers, he is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies, and presently an Editorial Committee Member of the Asia in Focus journal.


In terms of teaching, Bonn has taught in different capacities as lecturer, master's thesis supervisor, group project supervisor, thesis opponent, examination censor, and teaching assistant at both the master's and bachelor's levels, as well as junior PhD-level mentoring, in the various subfields, issue areas, and geographical focus of the social sciences and humanities at:

  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), 
  • Aalborg University (Denmark),
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), and
  • the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).

He is a recipient of an Erasmus+ international staff mobility grant, and has completed several courses such as university pedagogy, innovation studies, modern China's foreign policy, critical discourse analysis, and advanced research methods.

Outreach and Other Professional Activities

Bonn's outreach activities include giving public lectures and presentations in government, academic, and civil society settings; providing expert opinions and development consulting; publishing Op-Eds and commentaries; and having been interviewed, cited and contacted by the international media such as Information, Weekendavisen, and Ekstra Bladet in Denmark; Asia Times in Hong Kong/China; RFI - Radio France Internationale in France; Die Zeit in Germany; Kansan Uutiset and Lännen Media in Finland; Amnesty Press in Sweden; and Rappler in the Philippines. In Denmark, he has also granted a few radio interviews for Orientering (DR P1) and a TV studio interview for DR2 Udland.  

Prior to joining the academia, Bonn had stints working at the government, civil society organizations, a grant-providing foundation, local community governance, and a business school.   


The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

My research will have significant implications for political economy analysis and policy advice on Nordic-Asia development cooperation. It aims to provide a new understanding of Nordic governments’ recent foreign policy shift from state-to-state to private sector-oriented partnership with different East and Southeast Asian emerging economies.


Research Projects as Principal Investigator 

(Submitted grant application under review. Prospective collaborators welcome.)


Teaching Responsibilities, 2014-2018
  • DEVS3016: Managing Development Projects
  • DEVS700: International Internship
  • DEVS3015: Current Trends in Development Policy
  • YFIP1001: The State of the World - Introduction to Analyzing Social Phenomena
  • DEVS308: Development Policy and Management
  • DEVS222: Globalization - Perspectives from Development, Culture, and Civil Society
  • DEVS208: Classics of Development
  • Supervision of master's theses
  • Member of a PhD candidate's supervisory board


International Training and Advanced Programs (Alumnus)
  • Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE), Cambridge University, United Kingdom — Ford Foundation Grant.
  • Learn Economics from Nobel Laureates: Emerging and Developing Economies After the Crisis — Scholarship from the Institute for Studies on Economics and Employment (ISEO), Iseo, Brescia, Italy.
  • Technology Governance Program, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia — Scholarship from The Other Canon Foundation (Norway).
  • South-South Institute on "Inequality, Democracy and Development under Neoliberalism and Beyond", Bangkok, Thailand, awarded by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) — Grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
  • Critical Development Studies (St. Mary’s University, Canada and Universidad Autonóma de Zacatecas), Zacatecas, Mexico — Financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
  • German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) - International Forum on Strategic Thinking, Summer School (Berlin) and New Faces Conference (Madrid) — Funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, EUROMED, NATO, Armasuisse, EADS, Rolls-Royce, CITpax, FRIDE, and DARA.
  • Globelics Academy Ph.D. School on Innovation and Economic Development, Lisbon, Portugal — Financial support from the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems.


Invited Lectures and Public Presentations (Recent)


Press Clippings and Media Interviews (Recent) 
Publications and Papers (Selected)
  • [See also the research portals - TUTKA, VBN, Academia]
  • [For other writings and blog posts, see A Good Game]
  • Juego, Bonn (2018) "Nationalism that violates the dignity of human beings deserves condemnation," An interview with Bonn Juego by Ella Soesanto and Fabian Heppe, in Perspectives Asia: Nationalisms and Populisms in Asia, Issue 7, November, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, pp. pp. 4-8.
  • Juego, Bonn (2018) "Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Its Ideological Antecedents and Policy Manifestations from Carl Schmitt's Political Economy of Governance," in Administrative Culture, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 105-136.
  • Juego, Bonn (2018) "The Institutions of Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Malaysia: A Critical Review of the Development Agendas Under the Regimes of Mahathir, Abdullah, and Najib," in Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 53-79.
  • Juego, Bonn (2018) "The Philippines 2017: Duterte-led Authoritarian Populism and Its Liberal-Democratic Roots," in Asia Maior 2017, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 129-164.
  • Juego, Bonn (2018) "The New Private Turn in Nordic Development Policy for Asian Varieties of Capitalism," Paper to be presented to the 9th Annual Conference of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy on "The State of Capitalism and the State of Political Economy," Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Pula, Croatia, 12-14 September.
  • Juego, Bonn (2017) "Nordic Private Sector Development Strategies with Asian Varieties of Capitalism," Paper presented to the 3rd The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism on "New Global Challenges of European Regulation, Institutions and Policies," Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 30 November - 1 December 2017.
  • Juego, Bonn (2017) "Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Conditions of Precarity: Rethinking Strategies for Socio-Economic Development and Labour Union Solidarity," Paper presented to the 12th Global Labour University Conference on "Reincarnation or Death of Neoliberalism? The Rise of Market Authoritarianism and Its Challenges for Labour," Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 4-6 October.
  • Juego, Bonn (2017) "Demystifying Duterte's Populism in the Philippines," IAPS Dialogue, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham, UK, 22 February.
  • Juego, Bonn (2017) "Authoritarian Neoliberalism: A Conceptual Sketch from Its Ideological Antecedents and the Political Economy of Carl Schmitt," Paper presented to the 2017 Development Days Conference on Authoritarianism and Development, Finnish Society for Development Research, Helsinki, 16-17 February 2017. 
  • Juego, Bonn (2016) "A Third World's Geopolitical Policy Choices: The Philippines In-between the US and China Rivalry for Regional Hegemony," Paper presented to the Second Asia Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations (APSec 2016) and the 10th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA 10) on "Fearful Futures - Peace & Security in Asia," Osaka University, Nakanoshima Center, Osaka, Japan, 8-9 December.
  • Juego, Bonn (2016) "The Private Turn in Nordic-Asia Development Cooperation," guest article at the Poverty and Development Research Center's Blog, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 
  • Juego, Bonn (2016) "Nordic Private Sector Development Cooperation with Asian Varieties of Capitalism: A Research Agenda on Contemporary Nordic-Asia Relations," Paper presented to the 9th Nordic NIAS Council Conference on Nordic Asian Studies in the 21st Century - Stocktaking for the Future, Asia House, Copenhagen, 7-9 November. 
  • Juego, Bonn (2016) "A Commons Perspective on Human-Nature Relations: Analysis, Visions, and Strategies for Alternative Futures," in Ecology & Social Justice, Bangkok: Heinrich Böll Stiftung - Southeast Asia.
  • Juego, Bonn (2016) "On the Second Presidential Debate: Discourses and the Appeal to Voters," in UP sa Halalan 2016, University of the Philippines. [also available as blog post at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham, UK]
  • Juego, Bonn (2015) "The Political Economy of the ASEAN Regionalisation Process," in Dossier: Understanding Southeast Asia, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung. [also translated into German: "Die politische Ökonomie des ASEAN-Regionalisierungsprozesses"]
  • Juego, Bonn (2015) "Southeast Asia: Regionalism of the Commons," in Dossier: Understanding Southeast Asia, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung.  [also translated into German: "Südostasien: Regionalismus der Gemeinschaftsgüter"]
  • Juego, Bonn (2015) "Elite Capture and Elite Conflicts in Southeast Asian Neoliberalization Processes," in South-South Tricontinental Collaborative Programme (eds) Inequality, Democracy and Development under Neoliberalism and Beyond, New Delhi: IDEAs - International Development Economics Associates, CLACSO - Latin American Council of Social Sciences, and CODESRIA - Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, pp. 68-93.
  • Juego, Bonn (2015) "Political Economy Analysis and Elite Interests in Asian Capitalisms," Paper to be presented to the Geopolitical Economy Research Group Conference on 'From the Thirty Years’ Crisis to Multipolarity: the Geopolitical Economy of the 21st Century World', University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 25-27 September.
  • Juego, Bonn (2014) "The Political Economy of Development in Southeast Asia: A Research Agenda on the Specificities of Capitalist Diversity", Paper presented at the Seventh South-South Institute on "Inequality, Democracy and Development under Neoliberalism and Beyond, organized by The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), Bangkok, Thailand, 3-8 November 2014.
  • Juego, Bonn (2014) "Elite Interests and Neoliberal Reforms in Southeast Asian Capitalisms", Paper presented at the 6th Annual International Conference on 'Intra-Asian Connections: Interactions, flows, landscapes', Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 October.
  • Juego, Bonn (2014) “The ASEAN Economic Community Project: Accumulating Capital, Dispossessing the Commons”, in Perspectives Asia 2/13: More or Less? Growth and Development Debates in Asia, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, pp. 12-19.  [also translated into German: ‘Die “ASEAN-Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft” – Akkumulation von Kapital, Enteignung von Gemeinschaftsgütern’, in Perspectives Asien 2/13: Mehr oder weniger? Wachstums- und Entwicklungsdebatten in Asien, pp. 12-19.]
  • Juego, Bonn (2013) “Taxman vs Pacquiao hits need for Philippines reform”, in Asia Times Online, Business in Asia Today, Speaking Freely – Southeast Asia, 23 December.
  • Juego, Bonn (2013) Capitalist Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Neoliberal Reproduction, Elite Interests, and Authoritarian Liberalism in the Philippines and Malaysia, PhD Thesis Monograph, Denmark: Aalborg University, 360 pp.
  • Juego, Bonn (2012) “The Reproduction of Neoliberalism and the Global Capitalist Crisis”, in The Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies, Vol. 8, No.1, pp. 23-40.
  • Juego, Bonn (2011) “A Dialectical Framework and Critical Approach to the Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Neoliberalization Processes, Elite Interests, and Emerging Social Forms”, Paper presented at the Nordic & International PhD Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, 24 November.
  • Juego, Bonn (2011) “Whither Regulationism: Reflections on the Regulation Approach”, in The Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 55-66.
  • Juego, Bonn and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt (2010) “Die globale Krise und der Angriff auf die Demokratie”, in Perpektiven: Magazin für linke Theorie und Praxis, Herbst, Nr. 12, pp. 14-21.
  • Juego, Bonn (2010) “Migration in Asia-Europe Relations”, in Migrant Voice, at http://www.migrantvoice.org.
  • Juego, Bonn and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt (2010) “The Global Crisis and the Assault on Democracy”, Paper presented at the Conference After the Gold Rush: Economic Crisis and Consequences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 28 May.
  • Juego, Bonn and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt (2009) “Unpacking the Global Crisis: Neo-liberalism, Financial Crises, and Authoritarian Liberalism”, Paper presented at the Sixth Historical Materialism Conference — “Another World is Necessary: Crisis, Struggle and Political Alternatives”, University of London, United Kingdom, 28 November.
  • Juego, Bonn (2009) “Innovating ‘Innovation’, Competing ‘Competitiveness’: A Critical Political Economy Approach to Social Innovation System”, Global Development Studies Research Series, Working Paper No. 1, ISSN: 1902-8733, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Juego, Bonn and Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt (2009) “The Political Economy of the Global Crisis: Neo-liberalism, Financial Crises, and Emergent Authoritarian Liberalism in Asia”, Paper presented at the Fourth APISA Congress (Asian Political and International Studies Association), Makati City, Philippines, 12 November.
  • Juego, Bonn (2009) “The Global Crisis, the Political Economy of State Restructuring, and the Campaign for Transformative Social Protection”, Paper presented at the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) Conference on Building Southeast Asia Peoples’ Agenda on Transformative Social Protection as a Democratic and Human Rights Response to the Crisis, Makati City, Philippines, 12 October.
  • Juego, Bonn (2009) “A Preliminary Thesis on Crisis and Migration in Europe”, Paper presented at the PhD Workshop on (Irregular) Transit, Step-by-Step, and On-Migration in the European Space, organized by SPIRIT, AMID, and GDS, Aalborg University, Denmark, 25 February.
  • Juego, Bonn (2008) “Securitization against Democratization: War on Terrorism, Authoritarian Liberalism, and Neo-Liberalism in Post-9/11 Southeast Asia”, in Kathrin Brockmann, Hans Bastian Hauck and Stuart Reigeluth (eds) From Conflict to Regional Stability: Linking Security and Development, Berlin: Deutsche Gesselschaft für Auswärtige Politik, pp. 71-81.
  • Juego, Bonn (2008) “Constitutionalizing ‘Authoritarian Liberalism’ in the Philippines: A Critique of the Political Economy of Charter Change”, Global Development Studies Research Series, Working Paper No. 1, ISSN: 1902-8733, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Juego, Bonn (2007) “Cultural Political Economy in Southeast Asian Development Strategies”, Paper presented at the School for Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Research on Interculturalism and Transnationality (SPIRIT) Seminar, Aalborg University, Denmark, 22 November.
  • Juego, Bonn (2007) “A Social Innovation System Approach to Wisdom Society: Preliminary Theses”, Paper presented at the Globelics Academy 2007 Ph.D. School on Innovation and Economic Development, Institute Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, May.
  • Juego, Bonn (2007) “The Anti-Political ‘Concept of the Political’: The Political Economy of Carl Schmitt”, Paper presented at the Ph.D. Special Seminar in State Theory: Constitutional Questions of Democratic Governance, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
  • Juego, Bonn (2006) “Development as a ‘Social Relation’ in Southeast Asia: Reflections on the Methodologies of Post-structuralism for Critical Development Studies”, Paper prepared for the Asian Studies at a Turning Point Conference and Ph.D. Workshop, 5-9 November, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Juego, Bonn (2005) “The Political Economy of Asia-Europe Relations: A Critical Comparative Political Economy Approach to Inter-regionalism”, in Transnational Institute: A Worldwide Fellowship of Committed Scholar-Activists, at http://www.tni.org.