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Dr Dan Bulley

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
(PhD Warwick)

Contact Details:
Room 026.0G.006
+44 (0)28 90973165

Teaching Areas:
My teaching focuses on theories and approaches to International Relations, the ethical and political issues involved in foreign policy, humanitarian intervention and security.

Research Interests:
My primary research interest is in the ethical and political implications contained in practices of international hospitality, as well as poststructural International Relations theory and the philosophy of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Previously I have worked primarily on the ethics of foreign policy, specifically British (1997-2006) and EU (1999-2004) external relations, revealing how their claims to the ethical deconstruct under their own internal logic. More recently, I have been pursuing research into the production of international ‘spaces’ through practices of hospitality which include aspects of both welcome and control. The ‘spaces’ I am primarily interested in are the ‘home’, the global city and the refugee camp. I am particularly interested in how hospitality might reveal new or unthought-of possibilities for our inevitably political and power-laden relations with the ‘foreign’.

Areas of Research Supervision:
I am happy to supervise PhDs in areas such as International Relations Theory (especially Poststructuralism and Constructivism), International Political Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis, international ethics and normative theory. I am also happy to supervise research into specific foreign policies, humanitarian intervention and the ‘responsibility to protect’, refugees and asylum seekers, security policy, the work of  Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.

Recent/Selected Publications:


  • Ethics as Foreign Policy: Britain, the EU and the Other (Routledge, 2009)


  • Inside the Tent: Community and Government in Refugee Camps’, Security Dialogue, 45 (1), 2014 – forthcoming
  • 'Big Society as Big Government: Cameron's Governmentality Agenda', British Journal of Politics and International Relations, forthcoming (with Bal Sokhi-Bulley). Available online via Early View: DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2012.00547.x (
  • ‘Foreign Policy as Ethics: Towards a Re-evaluation of Values’, Foreign Policy Analysis, forthcoming. Available online via Early View: DOI: 10.1111/fpa.12003  (
  • ‘Re-thinking Hospitality: How London Welcomed the World to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games’, in Vassil Girginov (ed.), Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic GamesVolume Two: Celebrating the Games. (Roultedge, forthcoming) (with Debbie Lisle).
  • ‘Producing and Governing Community (Through) Resilience’, Politics (forthcoming, 2013)
  • ‘Conducting Strangers: Hospitality and Governmentality in the Global City’, in G. Baker (ed.), Hospitality and World Politics (Palgrave, 2013).
  • 'Welcoming the World: Governing Hospitality in London's 2012 Olympic Bid', International Political Sociology, 6 (2), 2012 (with Debbie Lisle).
  • ‘Securing the human in Critical Security Studies: the insecurity of a secure ethics’, European Security, 20 (3), 2011 (with Mike Bourne).
  • ‘Home is Where the Human is? Ethics, Intervention and Hospitality in Kosovo’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 39 (1), 2010.
  • ‘The Politics of Ethical Foreign Policy: A Responsibility to Protect Whom?’, European Journal of International Relations, 16 (3), 2010. Reprinted in:
    • Nick Vaughan-Williams and Columba Peoples (eds), Major Works; Critical Security Studies, Volume IV – ‘Extending Security’ (Routledge, 2012)
    • James Pattison (ed.), Humanitarian Intervention, Volume III – ‘The Ethical Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Intervention’ (Sage, 2013
  • ‘“Let us re-order this world around us”: The problematic subject of British military ethics’ in A. Bergman-Rosamond and M. Phythian (eds.), War, Ethics and Justice: New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World (Routledge, 2010).
  • ‘Textualising British politics: Deconstructing the subject of British foreign policy’, British Politics, 4 (3), 2009.
  • ‘"Foreign" Terror? London Bombings, Resistance and the Failing State', British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 10 (3), 2008. 
  • ‘"Foreign" Terror? Resisting/Responding to the London Bombings' in A. Closs Stephens and N. Vaughan-Williams (eds.),Terrorism and the Politics of Response (Routledge, 2008). 
  • ‘Ethics in World Politics: Cosmopolitanism and Beyond?', International Politics , 44 (1), 2007  (with James Brassett).
  • ‘Ethical Assassination? Negotiating the (ir)responsible decision' in M. Fagan et al. (eds.), Derrida: Negotiating the Legacy (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). 
  • ‘Negotiating Ethics: Campbell, Ontopology and Hospitality', Review of International Studies, 32 (4), 2006.


  • ‘Bringing (Some) Politics Back into Humanitarianism’ (a book review of Michael Newman’s, Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions), in International Studies Review, 12 (4), 2010.
  • 'Exteriorising Terror: Inside/Outside the Failing State on 7 July 2005', CSGR Working Paper , No. 226/07, May 2007.