Prof Peter Lawler

Honorary Professor

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I am currently preparing a textbook under contract to Oxford University Press, provisionally entitled Theories of International Relations: An Introduction, with a view to publication in 2019. The textbook is primarily intended for undergraduate students new to the discipline or for graduate students seeking a quick refresher text. It aims to be highly accessible and emphasises new critical approaches as well as the connections between history and the emergence of theories.

In 2014 I established the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Group and was its chair until 2017. The group currently comprises more than 20 representatives of UK and European universities working on developing interdisciplinary curriculum initiatives.

I have considerable experience in providing commentaries on contemporary world politics to the print and broadcast media in the UK Australia, and Canada.

External positions

External Examiner, Horizons Programme, Imperial College London

2015 → …

External Examiner, The University of Warwick

2015 → …

External Expert, Peace Studies & International Development, University of Bradford

2014 → …

External Examiner, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)


External Examiner - Graduate, Queen's University Belfast


External Examiner -Graduate, Department of International Politics, University of Wales


External Examiner, University of Keele


External Examiner- Graduate, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin


Visiting Faculty, University Jaume 1


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Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy La Trobe University (1982 - 1988)
  • Master of Science, International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London) (1980 - 1981)
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Lanchester Polytechnic (1977 - 1980)

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