Dr Matthew Fluck

Senior Lecturer

32/38 Wells Street London W1T 3UW
Tuesdays 2pm-4pm (term time only)

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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)

My research focuses on the relationship between the epistemic and the political. One strand of my work has focused on the role of epistemological assumptions in International Relations theory. My recent monograph, The Concept of Truth in International Relations Theory, examines the role of different conceptions of truth in critical approaches to IR and argues that Theodor Adorno's conception of truth represents an important but neglected resource resource for the discipline. I have published journal articles looking at the relationship between truth, communication, and progress.

A second line of research looks 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 truth in International Relations theory: critical thought beyond post-positivism (2017)
Fluck, M. 2017. The concept of truth in International Relations theory: critical thought beyond post-positivism. London Palgrave Macmillan.

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.

2016

Theory, 'truthers', and transparency: Reflecting on knowledge in the twenty-first century (2016)
Fluck, M. 2016. Theory, 'truthers', and transparency: Reflecting on knowledge in the twenty-first century. Review of International Studies. 42 (1), pp. 48-73.

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.

2015

The Promise of Global Transparency (2015)
Fluck, M. 2015. The Promise of Global Transparency. in: Azmanova, A. and Mihai, M. (ed.) Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility, and the Right to Politics London Routledge. pp. 144-162

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