Theorising Security

Research in this area explores the historical, philosophical and political dimensions of security within contemporary international politics. Bringing together both political theorists and scholars of International Relations, we are concerned with understanding the renaissance in international security studies and the central role of ‘security’ in making sense of the post-9/11 security environment within international politics.

Our past research has been concerned with exploring the theoretical contours of security and how these have been shaped through discourses of ‘exception’ and ‘truth’. In particular, we are concerned with examining how ‘security’ operates as an epistemic category and how it plays a decisive role in structuring state conduct within the international arena. Current research is concerned with the critical limits of security and how these are inscribed within narratives of exceptionalism within contemporary international politics.

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