Researcher biography

Senior Lecturer in International Relations


Before joining the staff at the University of Queensland Dr Shapcott taught at Monash, Bristol and Keele Universities (UK) and had been a lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. He has also taught at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College (Canberra). He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Melbourne and Latrobe University.

Research Interests

  • Dr Shapcott's research interests focus on international ethics, cosmopolitan political theory and cultural diversity.
  • He is the author of Justice, Community and Dialogue in International Relations (2001) which investigates the question of justice in a culturally diverse world and asks: is it possible to conceive of a universal or cosmopolitan community in which justice to difference is achieved? It employs the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer as part of a defence of cosmopolitan community.
  • He is also the author of A Critical Introduction to International Ethics.Polity press (2010). This book provides a comprehensive critical analysis of the field of international ethics and argues that the themes of Harm, Humanitarianism and Hospitality dominate thinking on this subject. This work was translated into Japanese in 2012.
  • He is currently research on the idea of Cosmopolitan Constitution and Cosmopolitan extraterritoriality.