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Politics and International Relations

Research in Politics and International Relations

Following key themes:

  • Political theory and ethics
  • International institutions and global governance
  • International political economy
  • Peace movements and conflict resolution
  • Development, trade and microfinance
  • Inequality and human rights
  • Labour markets and social policy
  • Migration, culture and the experience of refugees
  • Environmental change, security and social impacts

Our research is inter-disciplinary in nature and is aligned with our philosophy of applying intellectual rigour to real world problems, with the aim of promoting progressive social change. Activity is managed through the Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR), a new University-wide Research Centre, delivering interdisciplinary research across the social sciences led by Prof. Alex Nunn. Research is fully integrated into the courses we teach, and we welcome enquiries from potential PhD and MRes students in these areas.

Politics and Global Ethics

Staff personal pages:

Prof. Alex Nunn – international relations; political economy

Dr Steve Wright – peace; security; new technologies; arms trade

Dr Sophia Price – international & environmental politics; the EU

Oriel Kenny – development policy & practice; gender, poverty & livelihoods

Dr Rachel Julian – peace & conflict resolution; NGO management

Dorron Otter – economics, trade & development

Dr John Willott – security, environment & development; asylum & refugees

Dr Paul Wetherly – political theory; the state; multiculturalism

Prof. Paul Blackledge – political theory; ethics

Dr Mark Langan – development policy; Africa & the EU

Dr Robin Redhead – human rights; gender; indigenous groups

Staff Associated Pages

  • Dr Brendan Sheehan – political economy, globalisation, consumerism
  • Dr Jamie Morgan – political economy
  • Dr John Gregson – political theory
  • John Embery – economics and development, sustainable development
  • Prof. Eddie Halpin – information technology & human rights; peace education
  • Prof. Simon Robinson – ethics and professional responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Dr Erika Laredo – politics of the developing world, community development

PhD student profiles

  • Priyan Seneviratne - Impact of commercialisation on NGOs
  • Sureyya Sonmez Efe - Migrant workers, labour rights and human rights in Turkey
  • Chijioke Ojukwu - African concepts of non-violent resistance
  • Moses Okech - Impact of microfinance on women in Uganda
  • David Robertshaw - Impact of youth contract employment subsidies
  • Bereket Loul - Religion & spirituality among young refugees in the UK
  • Anne Marie Watkinson - Women and peace building in Sri Lanka
  • Israel Murapa - Women’s livelihoods following land reform in Zimbabwe
  • Eyup Eser - Anarchism & Marxism
  • Godfried Owusu - Rural finance & poverty alleviation in Ghana
  • Winifred Bedigen - Indigenous conflict resolution mechanisms in Sudan
  • Craig Brown - Politics of non-violence in the Arab Spring
  • Simon Opolot - Public policy & international development
  • Adewale Aderemi - Political economy of oil policy & development in Nigeria & Indonesia
  • Ayeray Medina Bustos – Memory, truth and justice: A study of reconciliation in Argentina.
  • Ismail Sezgin – The theory of Moral Responsibility in Islam.

Our staff

Bevis McNeil

Bevis McNeil

Bevis McNeil is currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at Leeds Beckett University, where he has worked since 2008. Prior to this appointment he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham University.

Dorron Otter

Dorron Otter

Dorron's parents emigrated from India in the mid 1950s and settled in Birkenhead where he was born in 1959. This Indian heritage clearly created his lifelong interest in global development and being locally rooted in Merseyside meant that he had to quickly decide which path to take in life. He was fortunate to take the right one by supporting Everton Football Club!