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Research Centre in International Relations


Co-Chair: Dr Claudia Aradau

My areas of research are critical security studies; international political theory; risk, resilience and anticipatory knowledge; human trafficking and migration; democracy and citizenship in a global world; critical methodologies of international relations. I have published widely on security practices.


Co-Chair: Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries

My areas of research are international political theory; modern political thought; continental philosophy; the politics of life; the politics of resistance, especially in relation to governance; refugees and migration.


Co-Chair: Dr Pablo de Orellana

My research focuses on analytical political philosophy, particularly Postructuralism; the role and effects of  identity in diplomatic strategic and routine communication; diplomatic history and identity politics. I have recently applied these conceptual and methodological insights to research on the diplomacy of the First Vietnam War and contemporary North Africa.


Administrator RCIR: Gabriel Garroum Pla

I am currently a ESRC-funded PhD candidate researching on wartime governance in Northern Syria. My areas of research are political violence, civil war and nationalism with a specific focus on the Middle East.


Academic members:


Professor Vivienne Jabri

My areas of research are critical theories of politics and international relations, war and political violence, cosmopolitanism and the 'international' as political space, gender and feminist theory, the politics of security, the politics of identity/difference and aesthetic theory.


Professor Didier Bigo

My areas of research are security and liberty, antiterrorist policies in Europe after September 11th, migrants and refugees in Europe, international political sociology


Dr Peter Busch

My areas of research are media and war, the Vietnam war, Cold War history, television and the 'War on Terror'.


Professor Mervyn Frost

My area of research is ethics in international relations.


Professor Ned Lebow

My research areas are international relations, conflict prevention and management, regional conflict, bargaining and negotiation, psychology of decision-making and learning, ancient and modern political theory.


Dr Emma Mc Cluskey

I am currently a Research Associate on SOURCE and Teaching Fellow. My areas of research are International Political Sociology, Critical Security Studies, refugees and migration and ethnographic approaches to International Relations.


Dr Nicholas Michelsen

My areas of research are international relations theory, global politics and transformations in the state system, insurgency and counter-insurgency, terrorism, the politics of suicide/self-sacrifice/self-immolation, death and political theory, twentieth century European philosophy and resilience as insurgent strategy.


Visiting staff

Dr Lucile Maertens (University of Lausanne), Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow


PhD Students

Daniel Edler Duarte

Hager Ben Jaffel

Sebastian Larsson

Alister Wedderburn

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