International Relations and Security Theory research group

The research group provides a space for reflection on mainstream theories, as well as on new ways of theorising actors, identities, concepts, norms and types of power relations that shape global politics and security today.

About us

The research group is focused on a broadly construed understanding of International Relations and Security theory. The group provides a space for reflection on mainstream theories, as well as on new ways of theorising actors, identities, concepts, norms and types of power relations that shape global politics and security today. The group holds regular meetings whereby members’ work-in-progress is showcased and debated.  It also organises ad hoc events with external speakers on cutting edge theoretical debates in IR/S.

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Marco Vieira, Email: m.a.vieira@bham.ac.uk

Activities

Reading group (occasional meetings on Wednesdays 1-2:30pm during term time).

Work presented by IRST members

George Kyris: session on 14th November 2018. Paper, ‘ Sovereignty, Conflict and the International Community’

Kevork Oskanian: session on 21st March 2018. Paper, ‘Mind the Gap: Securitisations between State and Society

Nicholas Wheeler: session on 9th March 2016. Chapter – ‘Individual and Collective identities of trust'  - from his upcoming book Trusting Enemies.

Rita Floyd: session on the 18th May 2016. Introduction to her book manuscript ‘The Morality of Security: A Theory of Just Securitization’.

Marco Vieira: session on 16th November 2016. Paper submitted to Millennium, ‘Re-Imagining the Self of Ontological Security: The Case of Brazil’s Ambivalent Postcolonial Subjectivity’.

Adam Quinn: session on 8th March 2017. ISA Baltimore paper, ‘Killing norms softly: US targeted killing, secrecy and the assassination ban’.

Events

May 2018: The 'Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Service of Countering Violent Extremism: Prevention at the Limits of Security’ in association with the Gender and Feminist Theory Group and ICCS. Speaker: Professor Laura Shepherd (University of Sydney). 

May 2018: One day workshop, Critical Narrative Approaches to International Relations and Security Studies. Keynote Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Dauphinee (York University/Canada). 

November 2017: Podcast: What's the Purpose of International Relations? Views of the Discipline. Speaker: Prof. Justin Rosenberg (Sussex); Discussants: Prof. Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS) and Dr. Megan Daigle (POLSIS); Chair: Dr. Marco Vieira (POLSIS).

February 2017Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting, Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).

June 2016: One day workshop, in association with the Asia Research group, on ‘Ontological security: theoretical advances and Asian cases

January 2016: Expert Panel on ‘Locating the non-western ‘subject’ in world politics’ with Ayse Zarakol ( Cambridge), Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick), Ces Moore and Marco Vieira.

May 2015: Expert panel on ‘Emancipation without agenda? The recovery of non-western subjecthood and its implications to the study of world politics (Podcast)’ with Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth), Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Aberystwyth), Vidya Kumar (Birmingham), Philipp Lottholz (Birmingham), Marco Vieira (Birmingham).

Members

Academic members:

NameJob titleSchool or DepartmentEmailTelephone
Dr Raquel da SilvaBritish Academy Research Fellow International Development Departmentr.b.p.dasilva@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 8887
Dr Rita FloydSenior Lecturer in Conflict and SecurityDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.floyd@bham.ac.uk
Dr Cerwyn MooreSenior lecturer in International RelationsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesc.moore.1@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 3059
Dr Kevork OskanianLecturer in Political Science and International StudiesCentre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studiesk.oskanian@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7535
Professor Patrick PorterProfessor of International Security and StrategyDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesp.porter@bham.ac.uk
Dr Adam QuinnSenior Lecturer in International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5313
Dr Jill SteansSenior Lecturer in International Relations TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesj.a.steans@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6278
Dr Marco VieiraSenior Lecturer in International Relations
Director of Research, POLSIS
Department of Political Science and International Studiesm.a.vieira@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6265
Professor Mark WebberProfessor of International Politics
Head of School of Government
School of Governmentm.a.webber.1@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 415 8181/Tina Aston: +44 (0)121 414 8398
Professor Nicholas J. WheelerProfessor of International Relations
Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
Department of Political Science and International Studiesn.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6215/Tina Aston: +44 (0)121 414 8398

PhD doctoral researchers:

Chiara Cervasio
The Security Dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Bruno Dalponte
Bringing the South American Defence Council to life: The role of secondary powers in the construction of regional security dynamics

Philipp Lottholz
Statebuilding in Central Asia – Moving towards a post-liberal model? Inquiring local agency in Kyrgyzstan.

Scott Edwards
Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

More PhD doctoral researcher profiles across the School of Government and Society.

For further information about the research group contact: Dr Marco Vieira, Email: m.a.vieira@bham.ac.uk

Social and Political Theory research group is part of the Department of Political Science and International Studies.