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Dr. Ron


Ron Matthews holds the Chair in Defence and Security Capability. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Cranfield Defence and Security Faculty at UK Defence Academy, and formerly held the Chair in Defence Economics at RSIS, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. Ron's research expertise lies in defence industrialisation and offset. He has written numerous articles in these fields and authored several books, the latest of which is the The Political Economy of Defence, Cambridge University Press (2019). Ron has won numerous scholarships, from NATO, the World Bank and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.


    MBA  Master of Business Administration, Warwick University (1991/94)

    PhD Development Economics, University of Glasgow (1976/81) Title: The Techno-Economic Development of the Indian Machine Tool Industry. Awarded a three year Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship. One Year fieldwork attached to the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 

    MSc  Financial Economics, University of Wales, Bangor (1972/74).

    BSc  Behavioural Sciences (Honours), Aston University (1968/72).

Teaching Areas

    Defence Economics, Defence Offset and the Economics of Security

Research Interests

    Defence Offset

    Arms Trade

    Defence Industrialisation, especially in developing countries


    The Political Economy of Defence, (ed.) Cambridge University Press. (May 2019). 

    Managing the Revolution in Military Affairs (ed. with Professor Jack Treddenick) Macmillan Press (October 2001). 

    Japan's Military Renaissance? (ed. with Prof. Keisuke Matsuyama) Macmillan Press (August 1993) pp.251. 

    European Arms Collaboration: Policies, Problems and Prospects. NATO Fellowship Book manuscript, submitted to NATO HQ, Brussels (July 1990) pp.300, and subsequently published by Harwood Press for York University's Defence Economic Series (1992). 

    Defence Production in the Third World: The Case of India, Associated Book Centre (ABC) Press, New Delhi, (April 1989) pp.127. 


    تقارير / دراسات / فصول كتب:

    With Collin Koh, ‘Singapore’s Defence-Industrial Ecosystem’, in Keith Hartley and Jean Belin (eds) The Economics of Global Defence Industries, Routledge Studies in Defence and Peace (November 2019). 

    ‘European Collaboration in the Development of New Weapons Systems’, in Nikolao Karampekios, Iraklis Oikonomou and Elias Carayannis (eds) The Emergence of EU Defense Research Policy – From Innovation to Militarization, Springer (2018). 

    The UK Offset Model: From Participation to Engagement, Whitehall Report 1-14, RUSI (July 2014)


    With Alma Lozano, ‘India’s Defence Acquisition and Offset Strategy,’ in Rajesh Basrur, Ajaya Kumar Das, and Manjeet S. Pardesi (Eds), India’s Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects, New Delhi, Oxford University Press (2014). 

    With Alma Lozano, ‘Evaluating Motivations and Performance in ASEAN Naval Acquisition Strategy’, in Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan (Eds), Naval Modernisation in South-East Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences, Routledge (2013) 

    With Curie Maharani, ‘Iron Triangle Revisited’, book chapter in Richard Bitzinger (ed.), The Modern Defence Industry: Political, Economic, and Technological Issues, Praeger Security International (2009). 

    With Nellie Zhang Yan, ‘Small Country Total Defence: A case study of Singapore’ in Stefan Markowski, Peter Hall and Robert Wylie (eds.), Defence Procurement and Industrial Policy: A Small Country Perspective, Routledge (2009). 

    ‘Managing the Revolution in Military Affairs’ in Bernard Loo (ed.), Military Transformation and Strategy, Revolutions in Military Affairs and Small States, Routledge (2009). 

    ‘Defence and the Economy: An Introduction’ in Geofrey Till, Emrys Chew and Joshua Ho (eds.), Globalization and Defence in Asia Pacific: Arms across Asia, Abingdon: Routledge (2009).

    ‘Transformational Management of Complex and Expensive Weapons Systems’, RMC-Queen’s University Defence Acquisition Conference (2006).


    ‘Defense offsets: policy versus pragmatism’ in J. Bauer and P. Dunne (eds.) Arms Trade and Economic Development, Routledge (2004) 

    'Saudi Arabia: Development through Technology Offsets' in J. Brauer and P. Dunne, (eds.), Arming the South, Palgrave (July 2002). 

    ‘Asia-Pacific Crisis: The Economics of Security’ in the RUSI annual publication, International Security Review (Spring 1999) 

    And John Lovering, ‘Defence Industry Restructuring in Pacific Asia’, in Mary Kalder et al (eds.) Restructuring the Global Military Sector: The End of Military Fordism, Francis Pinter (1998) 

    With M. Chinworth, 'Defence Industrialisation through Offsets: The Case of Japan', in S. Martin (ed.) The Economics of Offsets: Defence Procurement and Countertrade, Harwood Academic Press (1996). 

    European Arms Collaboration, NATO Fellowship Book manuscript, submitted to NATO HQ, Brussels (July 1990) pp230. 

    Robert S McNamara World Bank Research Fellowship study MS submitted to the EDI, entitled: Developing Technological Capabilities in the Third World: Perspectives on Kenya (June 1985) pp196. 

    'Industrial Strategy and Technological Dynamism in Machine Tool Manufacture: Comparative Perspectives on India and Japan', Research Policy Institute Discussion Paper No 11, University of Lund, Sweden (January 1983). This study has been reprinted in a book, entitled: Technological Development in China, India and Japan, (ed.) Baark, E and Jamison, A. Macmillan (1986). 

    NATO Armaments Standardisation: Theory, Policy and Practice. NATO Fellowship Report, submitted to NATO HQ, Brussels (July 1981). pp100.


    أوراق محكمة خارجياً مزدوجة السرية (التعمية):


    With Ava Avila, ‘The Philippine Defence-Development-Disaster Security Paradigm’, Journal of Defense and Security Analysis (21 June 2022). 

    With Curie Maharani, ‘The Role of Offset in the Enduring Gestation of Indonesia’s Strategic Industries’, Journal of Defence and Peace Economics (24 April 2022).

    With Jonata Anicetti, ‘Offset in a Post-Brexit World’, RUSI Journal (January 2022). 

    With Rashid Al-Saadi, ‘Organisational Complexity of the Eurofighter Typhoon Collaborative Supply Chain’, Journal of Defence and Peace Economics (published online 14 November 2021). 

    With Ahmed Ayad and Roger Darby, ‘Evaluation of ‘learning’ as a main thrust in the transferor-transferee relationships in small satellite technology transfer collaborative projects between developed and developing countries: the case of Algeria’, International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development Vol. 20/2 (2021). 

    With Collin Koh, ‘The Demise of South Africa’s Defence Industry’, Journal of Defense and Security Analysis (August 2021). 

    With Ahmed Ayad and Ivan Vitanov, ‘Evaluation of Knowledge Flow from Developed to Developing Countries in Small Satellite Collaborative Projects: The Case of Algeria’, Space Policy, Vol. 51 (February 2020).

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