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.

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Activities

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

Work presented by IRST members

Asaf Siniver: session on 9 February 2022. ‘From mediation to arbitration: Conflict resolution and territorial disputes’. 

Patrick Porter: session on 24 November 2021. ‘Thucydides lives in Asia: The power transition trap is real’. 

Robert Ralston: session on 10 November 2021. ‘Enemies Within: Declinism, Racism, and Xenophobia’.

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

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

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

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

Marco Vieira: session on 16 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 8 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 Nicholas BarkerPost-Doctoral Research FellowDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesn.barker@bham.ac.uk
Dr Mwita ChachaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesm.chacha@bham.ac.uk+44(0)121 414 3910
Dr May DarwichSenior Lecturer in international relations of the Middle EastDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesm.darwich@bham.ac.uk+44 (0) 121 414 7535
Professor Jonathan FisherProfessor of Global Security
Head of the International Development Department
International Development Departmentj.fisher@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5012
Dr Julie GilsonReader in Asian StudiesDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesj.a.gilson@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 3305
Dr George KyrisLecturer in International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesg.kyris@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 415 8616
Dr Ameneh MehvarESRC Post-Doctoral Research FellowDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.mehvar@bham.ac.uk
Professor Patrick PorterProfessor of International Security and StrategyDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesp.porter@bham.ac.uk
Dr Adam QuinnAssociate Professor in American and International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5313
Dr Robert RalstonLecturerDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.ralston@bham.ac.uk
Dr Asaf SiniverReader in International Security
Head of Internationalisation, School of Government
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Security Studies
Department of Political Science and International Studiesa.siniver@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6386
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
Dr Mark WenmanSenior Lecturer in Political Theorym.wenman@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6520
Professor Nicholas J. WheelerProfessor of International RelationsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesn.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6215
Dr Kailing XieLecturer in International DevelopmentInternational Development Departmentk.xie@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 678 1000

PhD doctoral researchers:

  • Bruno Carvalo
  • Hana Mosavie
  • Daniel Munday
  • Darren Murphy
  • Koffi Sawyer
  • Patrick Vernon

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.