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.
Research cluster convenors:
Dr Martin Bayly and Mark Hoffman
Research Cluster Workshop
The IRD workshop IR502 International Theory for IR students and faculty takes place eight times over the Michaelmas Term and the Lent Term. Information will be circulated by email and in the department newsletters and is also available on the IR MPhil/PhD Moodle page.
For all queries, please contact the cluster convenors above.
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.