The Centre works across two interrelated strands:

Knowledge Production, Expertise and Evidence in International Politics

Projects that

  • analyse how knowledge is produced in international political environments, including international organisations, state structures, NGOs, and in key areas, such as peace and conflict, human rights and climate change;
  • explore the conditions of possibility of dominant ways of knowing in international politics and scrutinize knowledge-related policy tools, such as ‘local ownership’, ‘evidence-based policy making’ and ‘impact evaluation’;
  • interrogate the difficulties and opportunities of dominant and resisting knowledge production and their underlying practices in international politics;
  • contest assumptions, paradigms and approaches on knowledge production in international political and academic practice and assess their implications.

History, Philosophy and Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Technology

Projects that

  • approach knowledge, science, technology, and expertise as objects of international politics;
  • focus on the constitution, exchange and use of knowledge on international, transnational, and global structures;
  • undertake a philosophical and theoretical study of knowledge, enquire into ‘ways of knowing’ and limits of knowledge;
  • push for a cross-disciplinary understanding of the nature and impact of contemporary expert, scientific and indigenous knowledges and of their role in socio-political projects;
  • champion a reflexive understanding of ‘International Relations’ as an expert field of knowledge