Research cluster in the Department of International Relations

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

Dr Kate Millar


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.

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Research cluster co-chairs:

Professor William A Callahan and Dr Katharine Millar

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 or the cluster co-chairs above.


The department was present at the creation of international theory. Its scholars and research students have long played leading roles in inventing and developing the discipline’s paradigms and approaches. LSE IR scholars not only figure prominently in the history of the discipline, they also have been at the leading edge of writing the history of the discipline.

In recent decades, international theory has moved beyond its European roots, enhanced by the theories and histories of other peoples and places. Area studies specialists, historians, and scholars from other fields increasingly situate their work in international and global contexts, creating new, interdisciplinary meeting points between IR and other fields in the humanities and social sciences.

The Theory/Area/History cluster is the department’s home for work in international theory, area studies, and history. Its faculty and research students, collectively and individually, work on everything from Global, Postcolonial and Feminist IR to IR’s traditional paradigms. Their work is enriched by profound attention to historical and regional context, as well as to intellectual history and the politics of thought.