Skip to main content

Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


International Relations

Welcome to the International Relations Research Group.

IRRGWe are a research group within Politics and International Relations, but we like to think interdisciplinarily. We welcome research students and staff from across the School of Social & Political Science, and from beyond, as members, and invite them to attend, participate and present at our meetings.

The research group meets weekly during the semester. Members share research papers a week in advance, and then have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback in an intensive (but friendly) hour-long meeting. If you wish to know more about the group, or join the group, please contact the convener, Nida Alahmad.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place in term time, 1-2pm, Room 2.15 of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD.

Spring 2020 Schedule

20 January

Benjamin Martill 


‘Manufacturing Constraint: The Unintended Consequences of Hand-Tying in Britain’s Negotiations with the European Union 2015-19’

Co-hosted with British Politics Research Group

27 January

Kevin Donovan


 ‘Corporate-state’ and digital capitalism in Kenya

3 February

Seminar Room 01 CMB

William Bain

National University of Singapore 

'Theorising International Order in the Mirror of Medieval Theology'

10 February

Dirk Moses

Lichtenberg-Kolleg at the University of Göttingen;

University of Sydney

‘The Problems of Genocide: Race and security in International Relations’

17 February

Flexible learning week 

24 February 

Julia Calvert


‘Defending Investor Rights: Barriers to reforming investment rules in Australia and Peru’ 

2 March

Loren Landau

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg/ University of Oxford

‘Xenophobic Violence as Indirect Rule in South Africa’

Cohosted with CAS

9 March

Maggie Dwyer


‘Explaining Divergent Trends in Coups and Mutinies: The End of the Cold War and the Role of Military Agency.’

16 March

Patrick Theiner



23 March

Kathryn Nash

Political Settlements Research Program (UoE Law)


30 March

Shaina Western


Book proposal, title TBD 

6 April

Spring teaching vacation, but can add speakers

13 April

20 April

Daniel Kato

Queen Mary, University of London


27 April

Andy Hom


'Victory and the Politics of American Wartime'.

4 May

Ewan Stein



11 May

Charles Raab


‘PATH-AI Research Project: Laying the foundations for international dialogue to regulate and govern Artificial Intelligence.'

18 May

Nida Alahmad


“State Matters: Theorizing the state and its experts through the Iraqi experience”

25 May 

Summer teaching vacation starts

Autumn 2019 schedule

23 Sept

Monalisa Adhikari

PIR/ Political Settlement Research Programme

‘Praetorian Peacekeepers: Impact of UN peacekeeping on civil-military relations’

30 Sept

Alexandria Innes

University of East Anglia

‘The Global and Local Politics of Everyday Life in 1950s Famagusta’

7 Oct

Sayra Van Den Berg Bhagwandas


‘Ex-combatant Participation in Sierra Leone’s TRC: Advancing an empirical framework of institutional engagement.’

14 Oct

Rebecca Tapscott 

Graduate Institute, Geneva

‘Arbitrary governance in modern authoritarian regimes: Informal security and social control in Uganda’

*NOTE location for this session is: Teaching Room 7 Old College

This talk is co-hosted with the Centre of African Studies and Centre for Security Research

*Special Session

18 Oct

1:30 – 3:00 pm

CMB 2.15

*Special Session

Joost Hiltermann 

International Crisis Group

*Special Session

Dialogue with Joost Hiltermann on conducting fieldwork in conflict zones, and careers outside academia. 

21 Oct

Murat Uzun 

Sakarya University/ PIR

‘Artificial Intelligence and State Economic Security’

28 Oct

Andrew Neal


‘The Rise of National Security Strategies’

4 Nov

Kasia Kaczmarska


‘The Social Uses of Theory in IR and the Discipline’s Quest for Scientific Credibility’

11 Nov

Claire Duncanson 


Gender, Peacebuilding and Natural resources project

18 Nov

Jamie Allinson 


‘The Syrian War Economy: A critique of the concept’ 

25 Nov

Andy Hom


‘Victory and Politics of American Wartime’

2 Dec

Ewan Stein 


'International Relations of the Middle East: Hegmonic Strategies and Regional Order'

9 Dec

Wassim Mroue


‘Framing Contests Between Same-Sect Parties: Hezbollah and Amal as a case study’

December 23 winter teaching vacation starts- end Jan 10