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Professor Vivienne  Jabri
Vivienne Jabri

Professor Vivienne Jabri

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Professor of International Politics


Research subject areas

  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Security
  • Conflict

Contact details


Vivienne Jabri is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Principal Investigator of the project, Mapping Injury, a UKRI Frontier Research Grant (successfully evaluated for the ERC Advanced Grant and funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI Horizon Europe guarantee).

Her research focuses on international political theory, critical social and political theory, postcolonialism, and feminist perspectives, with specific interest in the politics of conflict, violence and security practices. She has worked with the arts, developing research and co-curating an exhibition, Traces of War, and, more recently, working on an arts and conflict project, Conflict and Injury: Injurious Acts I and II, funded partly through the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, with an exhibition scheduled to take place in early 2023.

Her current research and writing focus on two main areas. The first is the subject of her new book, which investigates the constitutive relationship between conflict and the international. This will provide a new understanding of the relationship between embodied subjectivity, political agency, violence, and the making of the international as a distinct terrain of politics. The second, with an empirical focus on the Global South, develops an international political sociology perspective on the subject of injury and politics, Mapping Injury, a five-year project funded by the UKRI Frontier Research Grant.

Vivienne Jabri serves on the editorial boards of Security Dialogue and Peacebuilding and is on the International Advisory Board of the journal, International Political Sociology. She was conferred the Distinguished Scholar Award at the International Studies Association in 2015 and the 2018 Supervisory Excellence Award in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s. She has four monographs, including War and the Transformation of Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, and 2nd edition, 2010), and The Postcolonial Subject: Claiming Politics/Governing Others in Late Modernity (Routledge, 2013).

Research Interests

  • Critical theory in politics and international relations.
  • Conflict, political violence, and the government of populations.
  • The ‘international’ as a socio-political and juridical-political space.
  • Gender and feminist theory.
  • Critical conflict and security studies.
  • Art and visual methodologies in International Relations.


For a list of publications please refer to the Research Portal.

PhD supervision:

Vivienne Jabri is currently supervising five PhD students (see Research Portal).


Vivienne Jabri has designed and taught MA modules on The Global Governance of conflict and Security, Conflict Culture and the Postcolonial, War and Criminality in Global Politics, and Violence the State and Global Politics.


For a list of publications please refer to the Research Portal