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I joined the Department of Politics and International Relations as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in 2012. I received my PhD (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)) in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2010. I have an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

I am currently teaching:

  • Theories of International Relations (undergraduate)
  • International Relations: Theoretical Perspectives (postgraduate)
  • Geopolitics (undergraduate)

My research focuses on the relationship between knowledge and international politics. One strand of my work has focused on the role of epistemological assumptions in International Relations theory. My PhD thesis examined the role of different conceptions of truth in critical International Relations theories. I have published articles on the concept of truth in International Relations theory and on the relationship between knowledge, communication and progress.

I am currently developing a second line of research examining popular understandings of knowledge and their relationship to international political practices. I am looking in particular at widespread faith in the power of 'transparency' (access to information about and held by states and international institutions) to empower citizens and transform the international system.

2017

The Concept of Transparency in International Relations: towards a critical approach (2017)
McCarthy, D. R. and Fluck, M. 2017. The Concept of Transparency in International Relations: towards a critical approach. European Journal of International Relations. 23 (2), pp. 416-440.

2014

The best there is? Communication, objectivity, and the future of critical international relations theory (2014)
Fluck, M. 2014. The best there is? Communication, objectivity, and the future of critical international relations theory. European Journal of International Relations. 20 (1), pp. 56-79.

2010

Truth, values and the value of truth in critical international relations theory (2010)
Fluck, M. 2010. Truth, values and the value of truth in critical international relations theory. Millennium: journal of international studies. 39 (2), pp. 259-278.

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