from the Department of International Relations


Paper wins the International Studies Association English School Section Outstanding Research Paper Award

Congratulations to Dr Robert Falkner and Professor Barry Buzan. Their paper 'The Emergence of Environmental Stewardship as a Primary Institution of Global International Society', which was first presented at the ISA 2017 conference, has won the ISA English School Section's Outstanding Research Paper in the 'Senior Scholar' category.

The award will be presented at the 2018 ISA Annual Convention in San Francisco in April.

Read the paper here (European Journal of International Relations. 



LSE Politics and International Relations ranked fifth in 2018 world university rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked fifth in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018 tables for Politics and International Studies.

Scores take into account academic and employer reputation surveys, along with citations per faculty.

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IR Spotlight: the International Relations Department newsletter

The latest edition of the Department's newletter IR Spotlight is now available!

Read the Spring 2018 edition here



Foreign Policy Magazine/TRIP list of best International Relations Schools in the world

Thank you to the 1500 scholars who contributed to the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project, and who voted the LSE as top UK institution for Masters Programmes for Policy Career in International Relations.

They also voted for LSE in the top 15 PhD Programmes for Academic Career in International Relations.

Foreign Policy's best International Relations Schools in the world



Jens Meierhenrich, Associate Professor of IR, has been appointed co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

The venerable book series at Cambridge University Press was founded in 1997.  Cambridge Studies in Law and Society is a hub for leading scholarship in socio-legal studies. Located at the intersection of law, the humanities, and the social sciences, it publishes empirically innovative and theoretically sophisticated work on law's manifestations in everyday life: from discourses to practices, and from institutions to cultures.

Information about the book series here



Professor Tomila Lankina features in March LSE IQ Podcast

Listen to the March episode of the LSE IQ podcast with LSE experts Professor Tomila Lankina of the International Relations Department, Dr Brian Klass and Dr Jonathan Hopkin on the decline in global freedom & what the future holds for democracy.

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LSE Research Festival Competition

Congratulations to Alina Epeykina whose photo 'Sleepless in Bali' (of a young girl having a nap during a work day in a tourist shop in Bali) was highly commended for the Beveridge Prize at the LSE Festival research competition.

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The International Relations Department has two entries! Vote online for your favourite for the Popular Prize by midnight on 21 Feb and come to the Prize-giving Receptions on 21 and 23 Feb.

Alina Epeykina in the Photograph category
Title: Sleepless in Bali
Vote here

Gokhan Ciflikli, Kiran Phull, Gustav Meibauer in the Poster category
Title: Insights from Syllabi: LSE International Relations Gender Project
Vote here



Staff News

Professor Bill Callahan has been quoted extensively in the Times Higher Education on the relationship between China and Western universities.

Read the Times Higher Education here

Professor Chris Alden and his colleagues have written for The Conversation on China and the fall of Mugabe.

Read the The Conversation here



The Department of International Relations is now on Instagram!

Follow us here and use #LSEIR when sharing your experiences at LSE:

Official IRD Instagram account @lseir



International Affairs Books Podcast: Tarak Barkawi on Soldiers of Empire

In the latest instalment of this new podcast series from Chatham House, George Lawson interviews Tarak Barkawi about his new book Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II

Listen to Chatham House podcast here (30 mins)



Congratulations to Professor Christopher Hughes who has won a 2016-17 LSE Excellence in Education Award

Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating "a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research" (LSE Strategy 2020), winners of the Excellence in Education Awards are recommended by LSE Heads of Department who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

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International Affairs podcast: Banking crises and Politics

In the latest 30-minute podcast from Chatham House, Ben Horton talks to Jeffrey M Chwieroth, Professor of International Relations at LSE, and Andrew Walter, Professor of International Relations, University of Melbourne (and previously part of the LSE IR faculty).

From Brexit in the UK, to the election of Donald Trump in the US and upheaval across the Eurozone, the effects of the 2008-09 financial crisis are still being felt around the world.

Listen to the International Affairs podcast here.



Kim Wall - IR Department alumnus

The Department of International Relations is extremely saddened to learn of the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.  Kim studied for the BSc in International Relations in the IR Department and graduated in 2011, before going on to complete a masters degree at Columbia University and becoming a freelance journalist.

Her former Academic Adviser at the LSE, Dr Alex Prichard, remembers her well.  He writes that she was "a really lovely person, as well as an excellent student with ambition and ability, who was determined to pursue a career in journalism". All who knew her praised her dedication to her work, her inquisitiveness and engagement. 

The department sends its deepest sympathies to Kim's family and friends.


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Congratulations to Dr Covadonga Meseguer who has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

This year the British Academy has appointed 47 new Mid-Career Fellows, whose research promote public understanding and engagement in the humanities and social sciences. Mid-Career Fellowships allow academics to focus on a major piece of research and to communicate their work to a wider audience, by obtaining time away from teaching and administration commitments.

Dr Meseguer has been awarded the fellowship for her project: "The Emigrant State". The Fellowship will be taken up from Autumn 2017.

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Highly cited works

Professor Tomila Lankina's article 'Appropriation and Subversion: Precommunist Literacy, Communist Party Saturation, and Postcommunist Democratic Outcomes' (co-written with Alexander Libman and Anastasia Obydenkova) has been highlighted by the World Politics Cambridge Core website as a 'most cited in 2016' work. They are making it available for free download across the 2017 APSA, ECPR and EISA conferences.

Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Ainley whose article 'The Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court: counteracting the crisis' has been highlighted by Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) International Affairs Journal as a 'highly cited paper' for 2016. Read the article here


Congratulations to Fawaz Gerges!

ISIS: A History by Professor Fawaz A Gerges
Shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award 2017 from the Council on Foreign Relations.

This annual award recognises books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations.

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Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War Two

Watch Dr. Tarak Barkawi talk about his latest book Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War Two in a fascinating interview here:

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IR Teachers receive awards in the 2017 LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards

Joanne Yao was Highly Commended for Innovative Teaching, and Katharine Millar was Runner Up for Inspirational Teaching at this year’s LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards.


IR PhD candidate Scott Hamilton receives a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Scott Hamilton on receiving a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016-17, for his project 'Rethinking Governance and Circulation: Global Cycles of Carbon, Water, and Radioactive Fallout'.

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IR Department PhD students receive bursaries

Congratulations to Ida Danewid & Evelyn Pauls on receiving prestigious LSE Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries to study abroad.

Ida Danewid, supervised by Mark Hoffman and Kirsten Ainley, has a bursary to go to the University of California, Berkeley. She will work with decolonial theorist Ramón Grosfoguel to further her research on solidarity, the global colour line and connected histories.

Evelyn Pauls, who is supervised by Kirsten Ainley, has a bursary to go to the National University of Singapore. She will work with Professor Aung-Thwin, a leading expert on Burmese history, to refine her work on the influence of international activism on states’ child recruitment practices, in particular in Myanmar.

Partnership PhD mobility bursaries


Staff news

Dr. Stephen Woolcock  gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations' Committee on international trade after Brexit. Click here to watch the debate.

Dr. Tomila Lankina discussed Russia's state of the art media strategy in a new study, arguing that media monitoring can shed light on the Kremlin's opaque decision-making processes. Read full article.

Professor Barry Buzan and Dr George Lawson's book The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations has been awarded the ISA's Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations 2017.

Dr. Martin Hearson, LSE IR expert on tax treaties, was quoted in the Financial Times on Mauritius investment.

Dr. Kirsten Ainley reviews Joe Hoover's book 'Reconstructing Human Rights'.

Professor Peter Trubowitz talks about the US Presidential Election in Newsweek and Chatham House.  He also writes regularly for the LSE US Centre blog.

Dr. Martin Bayly gave an interview to Research Professional magazine in September on his British Academy Award.