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Christopher Browning

chris browning

Reader of Politics and International Studies

Tel: (024 765) 72556
Room: E1.08


Tuesdays 9.30-10.30

Fridays 11.30-12.30

NB: A+F hours will be conducted via Teams so ensure you use the booking form to book a time.



Chris joined the department in August 2007. Prior to coming to Warwick he held positions at Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the Danish Institute for International Studies, the University of Birmingham and Keele University. He has held visiting scholar/researcher positions at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the University of Lapland, Tampere University, and most recently a visiting professorship at the University of Oslo as part of a project on Nordic Branding. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He serves on the editorial boards of Cooperation and Conflict and Global Studies Quarterly and was previously Associate Editor/Acting Editor for the Journal of International Relations and Development.

His published work includes:

He has published over 30 articles in international refereed journals and is editor of three journal Special Issues on subjects including 'Nation Branding and Competitive Identity in World Politics', 'Humour in Global Politics' and 'Baltic Sea Politics'. His research has appeared in journals including: Alternatives, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, European Journal of International Relations, European Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Geopolitics, Journal of International Relations and Development, Nationalities Papers, Political Geography, Political Psychology, Problems of Post-Communism and Security Dialogue.

Research Interests

  • Critical approaches to security (especially issues connected to identity, ontological security and anxiety)
  • Critical geopolitics
  • Borders, margins and hybrid spaces in international politics
  • Nation branding, Humour and Public Diplomacy
  • Nordic/Baltic regionalisation, European Neighbourhood, Civilizational politics, the identity politics of Brexit


Recent Articles

  • (forthcoming) "'Russian warship, go fuck yourself': Humour and the (geo)political limits of vicarious war', Cooperation and Conflict. With James Brassett.
  • (2023) 'China's cautious "facetuning": The art of cultural diplomacy and nation branding', Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 10(3), pp.255-65.
  • (2023) 'Anxiety, Humour and (Geo)Politics: Warfare by Other Memes', International Relations 37(1), pp.172-9. With James Brassett. (Open accessLink opens in a new window)
  • (2022) 'Hierarchies of Heroism: Captain Tom, Spitfires, and the Limits of Militarised Vicarious Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic', Global Studies Quarterly 2(3). With Joseph Haigh. (Open accessLink opens in a new window)
  • (2021) 'Fantasy, Distinction, Shame: The Stickiness of the Nordic "Good State" Brand', in Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée and Kristian Bjørkdahl (eds.) Do-Gooders at the End of Aid: Scandinavian Humanitarianism in the Twenty-First CenturyLink opens in a new window (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) pp.14-37.

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Completed PhDs

  • Cristóbal Bywaters - 'The Domestic Politics of International Status: Two-Level Narrative Management and Struggles for International Recognition and Political Legitimacy in Chile (1973-2010)'.
  • Nicolai Gellwitzki - 'Public Moods, Emerging Political Subjectivities, and Ontological Security: The German Response to the 'Migration Crisis'.
  • Charlie Price - ' Who Controls the Border? An Analysis of the Nordic Far Right'.
  • Joseph Haigh - 'Vicarious Militarism: Ontological (In)Security and the Politics of Vicarious Subjectivity in British War Commemoration' (Winner of the 2021 PSA Shirin M. Rai Prize for best PhD thesis in International Relations).
  • Lisa Soares - 'Recasting Rights in the Caribbean: The Formation of a Regional Fisheries Policy'.
  • Johanna Vuorelma - 'Western Narratives of Losing Turkey'.
  • Ilke Dagli - 'Securitization of Ethnic Communities in Contested States and its Implications for Reconciliation Processes: Can Desecuritization Facilitate Peace Processes?'
  • Atsuko Watanabe - 'Geopolitics as Traveling Theory: The Evolution of Geopolitical Imagination in Japan, 1925-1945'.
  • Jakub Eberle - 'Logics of Foreign Policy: Discourse, Fantasy and Germany's Policies in the Iraq Crisis' (Winner of the BISA Michael Nicholson Prize 2017)
  • Oguzhan Yanarisik - 'The Role of Ideas, Perceptions and Emotions in Foreign Policy Change: The Turkish Case'.
  • Elisa Lopez Lucia - 'Discourses and Practices of the Regionalisation of Foreign and Security Policies: The Cases of West Africa and South America'.
  • Domenico Ferrara - 'EU-Russia Energy Relations: A Discursive Approach'.
  • Eun-Jeong Cho - 'EURATOM: Nuclear Norm Competition between Allies, 1955-1957'.
  • Caroline Kuzemko - 'Energy and Power: An Analysis of Energy Relations between Russia and the UK'.