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Owen Parker


Owen Parker is a Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). His work examines via a range of historical and contemporary cases the relationship between Europe as a security/peace project and Europe as a market project. It has been published in such journals as International Studies Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy and New Political Economy.

Owen was awarded a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in September 2010 and holds Masters degrees from the University of Warwick (Politics, IPE track) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (International Relations). A monograph based on his thesis - entitled Cosmopolitan Governmentalities: Entrepreneurs and Citizens in the European Project - has been provisionally accepted for publication by Routledge.

Owen's academic interests dovetail with his prior professional experience. From 2003-2006 he was 'International Relations Officer' at the European Commission (Directorate General for Enlargement, Turkey Unit) working on the assessment of Turkey's fulfillment of the EU's Copenhagen political criteria (relating to human rights, democracy, rule of law, minority rights). This role involved working closely with the Council of Europe, the UN, Turkish and international NGOs, the Commission delegation in Ankara and the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Owen has acted as a consultant to various civil society organisations, including Minority Rights Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, for whom he was commissioned to write a report on EU social policy.

Publications/ Accepted

  • Cosmopolitan Governmentalities: Citizens and Entrepreneurs in the European Project. (Monograph forthcoming 2012 - under contract with Routledge IR book series, Interventions)
  • 'Roma and the Politics of EU Citizenship in France: Everyday Security and Resistance', in Journal of Common Market Studies (forthcoming, 2012)
  • ‘Cosmopolitan Governmentalities in/of Europe’ in, H. Overbeek, A. Tsolakis, P. Nousios (eds.) Globalisation and European Integration: Critical Approaches to Regional Order and International Relations (forthcoming with Routledge Studies in Globalisation, 2012)
  • ''Cosmopolitan Europe' and the EU-Turkey question: The Politics of a 'Common Destiny'', in Journal of European Public Policy 16, 7, 2009: 1085-1101
  • 'Why EU, Which EU? Habermas and the Ethics of Postnational Politics in Europe', in Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 16, 3, 2009: 392-409.
  • 'Challenging ‘new constitutionalism’ in the EU: French resistance, ‘social Europe’ and ‘soft’ governance', in New Political Economy, 13, 4, 2008: 397-417.
  • 'Contingent Borders, Ambiguous Ethics: Migrants in International Political Theory’, in International Studies Quarterly, 49, 2005:233-253, with James Brassett.
  • 'Mapping the Global Policy Environment for UK Poverty Related Policy: The European Union' report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation project, Globalisation, Poverty and UK Communities. August 2010 (unpublished).

In Progress

  • ‘Towards an Ambiguous ‘Cosmopolitics’: Citizens & Entrepreneurs in the European Project’ (Revise & Resubmit, International Theory)
  • ‘Civil Society Meets Market Europe: The Limits of a Deliberative Governmentality in the EU’ (CSGR working paper, 2010), new version in progress, with James Brassett.
  • ‘“Europe 2020”: Revitalising Social EU(rope) or Business as Usual?’, in progress with Daniel Wincott.
  • 'Economic liberalism and normative power Europe: competing cosmopolitanisms inside/outside the EU', in progress with Ben Rosamond


Owen teaches on the MA module, Theories and Issues in International Political Economy.

Office Hours: Term time, Monday 1-2pm, Room S1.49a. Outside term, by appointment.

Contact Details

Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR)
Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS)
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom



Owen Parker