Roland Bleiker "grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He then studied international relations in Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and finally in Canberra, where he obtained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University. Bleiker also worked for two years in a Swiss diplomatic mission in Panmunjom, the Korean DMZ. He held visiting research and teaching affiliations at Harvard, Cambridge, Humboldt, Tampere, Yonsei and Pusan National University as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
"Bleiker has been at the University of Queensland since 1999. Besides engaging issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation in divided societies, such as Korea, Bleiker has been particularly interested in exploring alternative sources of insights into international relations. He is currently finishing a book on Aesthetics and World Politics and is conceptualizing a new project that examines the emotional dimensions of security threats, such as terrorism and health, through a range of aesthetic sources, including literature, visual art and photography. Together with Alex Bellamy, Bleiker is directing a collective UQ-based research program on rethinking responses to terrorist threats." 
- 2006: Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH, Cambridge - Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University , United Kingdom, Visiting Fellowship
- 2003: Research Fellowship in History and Reconciliation - Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York , United States - Research Fellowship in History and Reconciliation
- 2002: Humboldt Fellowship
- 2002: USIP Research Grant - United States Institute of Peace, United States - Research Grant for a project entitled From Confrontation to Cooperation in Korea: The Role of Identity in the Formation of Security Policy
- 2000: Crisp Medal 2000 - Australasian Political Studies Association, Australia
- Aesthetics and World Politics (Palgrave, forthcoming 2008).
- Divided Korea: Toward a Culture of Reconciliation (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).
- Popular Dissent, Human Agency and Global Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
- Security and the War on Terror (with Alex Bellamy, Sara Davies and Richard Devetak) (Routledge, 2007)
- The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory from East to West (with Stephen Chan and Peter Mandaville), (Palgrave, 2001).
- Poetic World Politics, special issue of Alternatives, 25/3, 2000
- Nonviolent Struggle and the Revolution in East Germany, 1993 (Cambridge, Mass: Albert Einstein Institution)