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International Theory

Research cluster in the Department of International Relations

Every study, every question, needs some kind of theoretical apparatus

Dr Kate Millar

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Research cluster convenors:
Dr Peter Wilson and Dr Martin Bayly

Research cluster co-ordinator:
Emma Saint

Research Cluster Workshop

During term time the IRD workshop IR502 International Theory for IR students and faculty will take place weekly.

Workshop Schedule [PDF]

Details are also circulated via email/newsletter.

For all queries, please contact the workshop coordinator Emma Saint.

Watch the film

Featuring academics and PhD candidates, this film looks at the issues and the wide range of theoretical approaches to international theory that the department is renowned for, and how they can be applied to an equally wide range of issue-areas and regions.

Contributors: Dr Kirsten Ainley, Kerry Goettlich, Dr George Lawson, Dr Katharine Millar.

International Theory: research clusters in the Department of International Relations at LSE International Theory: research clusters in the Department of International Relations at LSE

International theory is a long-standing strength of the department. For much of its history, the IR Department has been home to individuals who have developed innovative theoretical approaches to better explain, understand and critique world politics.

The current department is home to a wide range of theoretical approaches that are applied to an equally wide range of issue-areas and regions. Faculty carry out work in rationalist, constructivist and critical traditions and international political theory. This commitment to theoretically informed social science is a strength for which the department is well known around the world.

The result is high quality students who help to support initiatives such as the PhD workshop on ‘International Theory’, the MSc in 'International Relations Theory' and a number of theoretically informed optional courses at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.