The three main research themes pursued by members of the IR/IPE cluster at present are:
Regions, Regionalism and Great Powers: the cluster has specialists in the politics, political economy, and security of three major world regions – Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia – and also considers the relations between regions (inter-regionalism) and other international actors. The cluster is particularly concerned with the relationships between established international actors, most obviously the United States, and emergent ones, such as the European Union, Iran, China and Brazil.
Members of staff in this area: Asutay, Burity, Chan, Cheung, Davidson, Dumbrell, Ehteshami, Kerr, MacMullen, Murphy, Schweiger, Stirk, Wilson, Zweiri.
International Political Theory: the cluster pays particular attention to the role of political theory in international relations, having special interests in the relationship between conventional and non-conventional theory. Conventional theory refers to the accepted world of paradigms in which social knowledge is regarded as largely unproblematic; whereas non-conventional theory problematizes social knowledge in a variety of contexts, such as normative, cultural, and critical theory. Several members of the cluster produce research representative of these approaches to international theory.
Members of staff in this area: Burity, Dumbrell, Kerr, Stirk, Welch, Williams.
International Political Economy: the cluster has specialists researching on political economy in a number of countries and regions, but with notable interests in East Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Within the broad fields of global and regional political economy, they produce research aimed at specific problem areas, including,governance and regulation of financial systems, intellectual property rights,the remit and functioning of international and regional economic institutions, sustainable development, and the consequences of Asian economic modernisation.
Members of staff in this area: Asutay, Cheung, Davidson, Kerr, Murphy, Schweiger, Wilson.