International Studies Research Unit

International Studies Research Unit

The International Studies Research Unit addresses core contemporary questions in the theory and practice of world politics and global governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. It strategically links senior and junior scholars working on international political issues and seeks an active dialogue with international policymakers. The Unit also provides a stimulating and supportive research environment for our PhD and postdoctoral community working in this area. The Unit has developed particular expertise in the sub-fields of International Political Theory, International Political Sociology, International Organizations, and International Security. It collaborates with universities across the globe, is active in several associations and maintains relations with a range of key international organizations. The Unit hosts a lecture series that provides the platform for cutting edge research and an engagement with policymakers. The Unit also runs an international visiting fellow programme.


Latest posts

New Publication: ‘Governing Through Garbage-City Tourism: Producing International Neoliberal Subjects’

Posted on 9 February 2015 by International Studies Research Unit

Our very own Elisa Wynne-Hughes has recently published an article in the journal, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. The article can be found here but in the meantime, the abstract for the article is below: “In this essay I examine ‘ethical’ western tourism in Garbage-City, Cairo, to demonstrate how contemporary international governance works through everyday practices
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Homeland Security, its Law, and its State – a Design of Power for the 21st Century

Posted on 12 January 2015 by International Studies Research Unit

Homeland Security, its Law, and its State – a Design of Power for the 21st Century  (Routledge, 2014) Christos Boukalas Law and Society fellow, Cardiff School of Law and Politics This book assesses the impact of post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism policy on US political life. It examines political discourse, law, institutional architecture, and state-population relations, and
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Understanding the Practice Turn in International Relations

Posted on 31 December 2014 by International Studies Research Unit

As in other branches of social science, practice theory is increasingly becoming a perspective developed to provide alternative accounts of social and political processes. What are the main approaches of practice theory useful in International Relations? What costs and benefits come along with these? And how can one translate practice theory into actual research projects?
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