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Justice, Authority and the Geopolitical

world mapOur research explores changing geopolitical configurations and forms of authority, including citizenship, sovereignty, borders, state violence, imperialism, capitalism, environmental justice, democracy, activisms and emergent militancies. As sociologists we examine both the historical processes that have produced these geopolitical realities and the ways that they are rooted in social life, including race, religion, gender, sexuality, emotions, institutions, embodiment and experienced injustice. We draw on a range of analytic approaches to develop a distinctively global and transnational sociology, including historical and political sociology, political philosophy, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies and critical theory.



  • On the Social Basis of Mental Health: Towards Critical Pedagogy and Participatory Action Research. IATL Academic Fellowship. Claire Blencowe & Anna Harpin (Theatre) 2016-17
  • Asylum Welfare and Work in the Age of Austerity, ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant. Lucy Mayblin 2015-18.
  • Creative Approaches to Researching Authority AHRC International Research Network: Claire Blencowe & Leila Dawney (Brighton) 2014-16
  • Go Home: Mapping Immigration Controversies ESRC Urgent Response Scheme Hannah Jones, 2013-15.
  • Coloured Cosmopolitanism. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, John Narayan 2014-17.
  •  Shame and Melancholia IAS Global Research Fellowship Julie Walsh, 2012-2017.
Theme Lead
Postdocs/Teaching Fellows
Katy Harsant
PhD Candidates
Swanil Choksi
Yasemin Karsli
Alex Wanjiku Kelbert
Malcolm MacQueen
Dipak Panchal
Caryn Petersen
Piermarco Piu