John Vogler holds a B.A. in Modern History and Politics from Reading and and an M.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His doctoral work was on the international settlement of internal wars and his first teaching appointment was at the Liverpool Polytechnic (subsequently Liverpool JMU) where he became head of Politics. He was also taught and undertook course development at the Open University and through the 1990s was concerned with the development of  the ESRC’s Global Environmental Change research programme.  In 1992 he founded, and then convened for 20 years the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on the Environment. In 2001 he was appointed to a chair in International Relations at Keele. He led an EU Marie Curie Fellowship programme which brought doctoral students from across Europe to study environmental economics and politics at Keele. From 2009 he was a grant holder and member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and in 2012 became a professorial research fellow while continuing to teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and to supervise research students.


Research and scholarship

Professor Vogler has a long term interest in the International Relations of the environment and the problems of international cooperation. This has involved several studies of the governance of global commons, the oceans, Antarctica, outer space and the atmosphere. All are interdependent and interconnected in what we must now call the climate emergency. His recent work has focused on this with a major study of the international politics of climate change that emphasised the role of power, sovereignty and prestige alongside the pursuit of economic and energy interests. Current research attempts to track and analyse the politics of the climate change regime created 2015 Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC. A related theme is how to understand and theorise international relations under conditions of enforced adaptation to climate change. Professor Vogler also  has a continuing  interest in  the European Union in the international system and most specifically on its role as  a champion of environmental causes, building upon work that he published with Charlotte Bretherton from 1999 on ‘actorness’.


General International Relations including Year 1 ‘Introduction to International Relations’ and M.A. module ‘The Changing Agenda in International Relations’.

Environment and Climate Change, M.A, modules ‘Dimensions of Environmental Politics’ and ‘Climate Change’.’


PhD Supervision

Supervision available in : IR theory and the environment, global commons, environmental foreign policy, climate change regime, aspects of European Union external policy and ‘actorness’.

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