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Dr Dan Bulley

Senior Lecturer in International Relations
(PhD Warwick)

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

QUB Research Portal (Pure)

Teaching Areas:
My teaching focuses on three areas in particular: theories of, and issues in, International Relations; research methodologies and research design; the interaction of ethics and power relations in international politics, concentrating on issues of responsibility and hospitality in international aid, human rights, refugee camps and global cities.

Research Interests:
My primary research interest is in international ethics, and particularly the interaction of ethics, power and space in practices of international hospitality. This work focuses in particular on how spaces (such as the home, refugee camps, cities, postcolonial states and supranational organisations, particularly the EU) are produced through the welcome they offer to strangers, the attempt to control behaviour and the resistance this generates. I have also conducted research into the practices of hospitality at the London Olympics.  My work in this area is driven by the thought of poststructuralists, particularly Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Connected to this central interest in hospitality, I am a co-investigator on an inter-disciplinary ESRC-funded project entitled ‘Treating People as Objects? Ethics, Security and the Governance of Mobility’ (details available: ), with colleagues at Queen’s University Belfast. Previously, I have worked 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.

Areas of Research Supervision: 
I am happy to supervise PhDs in international ethics, international security, borders and hospitality, refugee and asylum issues, humanitarian intervention, international aid, human rights, political community, urban politics, poststructural and postcolonial theory.

Recent/Selected Publications:

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


  • ‘Occupy Differently: Space, Community and Urban Counter-Conduct’, Global Society, forthcoming.
  • ‘Ethics, Power and Space: International Hospitality Beyond Derrida’, Hospitality and Society, forthcoming.
  • ‘Inside the Tent: Community and Government in Refugee Camps’, Security Dialogue, 45 (1), 2014, pp. 63-80.
  • ‘Big Society as Big Government: Cameron’s Governmentality Agenda’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 16 (3), 2014, pp. 452-470 (with Bal Sokhi-Bulley).
  • ‘Foreign Policy as Ethics: Towards a Re-evaluation of Values’, Foreign Policy Analysis, 10 (2), 2014, pp. 165-180. Reprinted in:
  • Knud Erik Jorgensen and Guther Hellman (eds.), Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World (Palgrave, 2015).
  • ‘Rethinking Hospitality: How London Welcomed the World at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games’, in Vassil Girginov (ed.), Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Volume Two: Celebrating the games (Routledge, 2014) (with Debbie Lisle).
  • ‘Producing and Governing Community (through) Resilience’, Politics, 33 (4), 2013, pp. 265-275
  • ‘Conducting Strangers: Hospitality and Governmentality in the Global City’, in Gideon Baker (ed.), Hospitality and World Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013).
  • ‘Welcoming the World: Governing Hospitality in London’s 2012 Olympic Bid’, International Political Sociology, 6 (2), 2012, pp. 186-204 (with Debbie Lisle).
  • ‘Securing the Human in Critical Security Studies: the Insecurity of a Secure Ethics’, European Security, 20 (3), 2011, pp. 453-471 (with Mike Bourne).
  • ‘Home is Where the Human is? Ethics, Intervention and Hospitality in Kosovo’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 39 (1), 2010, pp. 43-63.
  • ‘The Politics of Ethical Foreign Policy: A Responsibility to Protect Whom?’, European Journal of International Relations, 16 (3), 2010. Reprinted in:
  • James Pattison (ed.), Major Works: Humanitarian Intervention (Sage, 2013)
  • Jenny Edkins (ed.), Major Works: Critical International Relations (Routledge, 2013).
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams and Columba Peoples (eds.), Major Works: Critical Security Studies (Routledge, 2012)
  • ‘“Let us re-order this world around us”: The problematic subject of British military ethics’, in Anna Bergman-Rosamond and Mark 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, pp. 291-314
  • ‘“Foreign” Terror? London Bombings, Resistance and the Failing State’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10 (3), 2008, pp. 379-394.
  • Reprinted in Angharad Closs Stephens and Nick Vaughan Williams (eds.), Terrorism and the Politics of Response (Routledge).
  • ‘Ethics in World Politics: Cosmopolitanism and Beyond?’, International Politics, 44 (1), 2007, pp. 1-18 (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, pp. 645-663.