The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

International Politics

International Politics

Research Cluster

International Politics is represented by a large number of staff teaching and researching topical and cutting edge themes in:

  • critical security studies
  • political geography
  • international political theory and thought
  • global history and sociology
  • precarity
  • environmental politics and policy

We also look at:

  • visual politics
  • European security and defence policy
  • Russian foreign policy
  • arms trade and disarmament
  • international political economy
  • popular culture and world politics

Area studies have a special emphasis on Africa, the middle East, Europe, Russia, East and South East Asia and Latin America.

Members of staff also edit the academic journals Politics and Critical Studies on Security. We also edit the Routledge book series Popular Culture and world Politics.

Our staff have links with departments and research units in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and within the the EU and have a wide international experience.

Our postgraduate students come from all over the world and PhD candidates work in close relationship with staff and their research projects.

Specific research focuses on:

  • international and global security studies
  • critical IR theory and international political thought
  • international and global political economy
  • political economy of work
  • globalisation, poverty and development
  • global governance

We also look at:

  • decolonisation and postcolonialism
  • images of Russia in world politics
  • policing, violence and communal conflicts
  • minority politics
  • armaments and disarmament
  • corruption and good governance

Other areas we focus on include:

  • postcolonial politics
  • regional studies: Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Russia, East and South East Asia, Latin America
  • international politics
  • international politics and critical geopolitics
  • popular culture and world politics

The co-ordinators of this cluster are Jocelyn Mawdsley and Kyle Grayson.

Staff

Staff involved in work within this research cluster are listed below.

StaffList: International Politics

Dr Michael Barr
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7527

Dr Matt Benwell
Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3935

Dr Amanda Chisholm
Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8021

Dr Matt Davies
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7477

Dr Richard Dodgson
Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7528

Dr Valentina Feklyunina
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5290

Dr Kyle Grayson
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5836

Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
Senior Lecturer in European Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7478

Dr Una McGahern
Lecturer in Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3644

Dr Simon Philpott
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7473

Dr Jemima Repo
Lecturer in the Politics of Gender

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3926

Dr Katharine Rietig
Lecturer in International Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7742

Dr Laura Routley
Lecturer in African and Postcolonial Politics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7743

Professor Anthony Zito
Professor of European Public Policy

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7554

Projects

Projects being worked on as part of this research cluster are listed below.

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are looking at diverse subjects within this research cluster.

NameTopic
Sarwar Abdullah Natural Resource Management and the Quality of its Governance in Iraq
Nicholas Appleby "Armed Propaganda": How effective is Political Violence?
Hector Eduardo Bezares Buenrostro The War on Drugs in Mexico: power and everyday violence
Adam Clark Critique of development theory
Benjamin Coulson Anxiety and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: China in the US Imagination
Alicia Harding Political Transition after Complex Conflict: Conceptualizing the political agency of the Child Actor (Colombia)
Matthew Kearns Military masculinities and recruitment practices in the British Armed Forces
Xander Kirke From Violence and Political Myth to Positive Peace: British Perceptions about the Threat of Radical Islam and Some Alternatives
Alexander Macleod Race and nation in 21st century Malaysia: The production of racialised politics in the Malaysian electoral media
Paul McFadden Work, Power, and the Politics of Alienation: the commodification of affect, aesthetic, emotion, and immateriality
Gillian Nelson Global Climate Justice and China’s Responsibilities
Cahir O'Doherty Conflict, Culture and Closure: The Intertext between Popular Culture and Security at the End of Wars
Sarina Theys The Soft Power of (non-Western) Small States: The cases of Bhutan and Qatar
Agnieszka Wincewicz Moral Nature in the Theory of Political Economy