Tony was Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce and Professor of Global Public Policy (2015-2018) at La Trobe University, Melbourne as well as Director of the La Trobe Confucius Institute. Prior to this he was Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Strathclyde University (2010-2014) .
Educated at the University of Southampton (BSc and PhD ) he specialised in international relations where he also held the position of Dean of the School of Social Sciences (2006-2010) . He has held visiting positions at Universities in China ,Japan Republic of Ireland ,Estonia ,and Australia . He has published extensively on the subjects of globalization, global political economy, and global governance .