Researcher biography

Research Expertise

  • International relations theory -- especially critical theories
  • History of international thought
  • History of the states-system
  • Humanitarianism and intervention

Richard Devetak was Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies from 2013 to 2018. He has published on the history of international thought, contemporary theoretical debates in international relations, humanitarian intervention, the 'war on terror', and globalisation's implications for justice and the state, as well as on foreign policy, refugees, and national identity in the Australian context. His major contribution has been in the area of international relations theory, more specifically in the exposition and analysis of Frankfurt School Critical Theory and post-structuralism, and in international intellectual history. He recently published a monograph titled Critical International Theory: An Intellectual History (Oxford University Press, 2018). His writings in these areas have been published in leading International Relations journals including International Affairs, Millennium and Review of International Studies. His current research interests include: the history of international thought and the history of the states-system. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Department of International Politics at University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2003), the Department of Politics, Institutions and History at University of Bologna (2008) and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence (2012). From 2020 he will be part of the Review of International Studies editorial team, led by Dr Martin Coward.

He has also made a major contribution to two popular international relations textbooks. He is lead editor of An Introduction to International Relations: Third Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2017) with co-editors Jim George and Sarah Percy; and Theories of International Relations: Fifth Edition, Scott Burchill, Andrew Linklater, et. al., (Palgrave, 2013).