Critical Global Politics

We bring together scholars undertaking cutting-edge research on issues that face global politics.

Our recent research includes an ESRC funded project on Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society, led by Elena Barabantseva, and Maja Zehfuss’s book “War and the Politics of Ethics” which received an Honourable Mention for the BISA Susan Strange Prize.

Members of the cluster research critical approaches in:

  • security;
  • conflict;
  • migration;
  • war;
  • gender;
  • ethics;
  • resistance;
  • international institutions;
  • China and the Far East; and
  • knowledge production.

Our commitment to critical thinking drives us to ask big questions:  

  • What does it mean to live in a secured world?
  • What does it mean to live in a nation-state and do nation-states still matter in modern global politics?
  • How has technology reshaped the face of modern war? Can ethics and politics reconcilable?
  • What constitutes a legitimate political action?
  • What is the power and political significance of marginalized and excluded political groups?
  • Is gender still a powerful political category?
  • What is the role of academics in knowledge production and policy advising?

These are just some of the topics discussed in our seminars, roundtables, workshops and conferences.

Our people

Current PhD students

Completed PhD students