Centre for Global Studies

The Centre for Global Studies is the home for international relations research in the School.

All members work on aspects of global politics, particularly global security, international development, and war, culture and society.  The Centre has a strong research emphasis on critical security studies, international development, environmental politics, state building, and emotions in international relations.  War, the central problem of international relations, is also a focus, with research that examines relations between militaries and society, nationalisms, emotions and war, and legacies of conflicts.


Director:  Professor Helen Parr
Members: Dr Moran Mandelbaum, Dr Becky Richards, Dr Barry Ryan, Dr Heidi Wang-Kaeding, Professor Bulent Gokay, Professor John Vogler

Current research projects

  • Critical security, focusing on maritime security: Dr Barry Ryan
  • State-building and diplomacy, focusing in Somaliland: Becky Richards
  • The rise of China, environmental governance, and emotions in international relations: Heidi Wang-Kaeding
  • Political and psychoanalytical theories of nationalism: Moran Mandelbaum
  • Legacies of war in Britain: Helen Parr
  • Global political economy: Bulent Gokay
  • Climate change and environmental governance: John Vogler

Recent PhD students

The Centre has a strong record of supervising PhD students, and recent postgraduates include:

  • Eleonora Natale (2019) The Argentine military, the military family and the violence of the 1970s: an ethnographic study of kinship.
  • Phil Morgan, (2019) The Coalition Government and liberal intervention: Britain’s response to the crises in Libya and Syria.
  • Moaz El Sayed (2019) Intra-Sunni contestations in contemporary Lebanon: A framing-theory approach to the analysis of political divides within Lebanon’s Sunni demographic (2005-2016).
  • Matthew J. Jones, (2018) Public perceptions of the British use of force since 1982: A study of Mass Observation.