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Dr Patrick Pinkerton, BSocSc (Manchester), MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)


Lecturer in International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 8590
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.27A


Office Hours: Monday 3-4pm and Friday 3-4pm

Patrick was awarded his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, after completing a research programme examining the international administration in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. He joined QMUL in January 2017, after spending two years as a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London. In his current research Patrick continues to examine the politics of post-conflict societies, as well as developing a new research agenda exploring the inter-connections between the global governance of migration and international development policy.

Undergraduate Teaching

POL106 Introduction to International Relations

POL241 War and Security in World Politics

Postgraduate Teaching



Research Interests:

My current research is divided into two strands. The first applies Jacques Derrida’s work on deconstruction and temporality to the post-conflict situations in Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and seeks to develop a deconstructive ethos that can be utilised to productively engage with the legacies of violence in such situations. My work on this area has produced two articles, one published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding on the dominance of ethno-nationalist politics in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina, and one published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations on the politics of memorialisation in Northern Ireland.

The second strand of my research builds on my reading of the biopolitics of security literature within critical security studies to develop an understanding of what I call the ‘biopolitics of potentiality’. This theoretical perspective emerged from my doctoral research, which conceptualised the international interventions and post-war administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina as driven by a biopolitical concern to incorporate the Bosnian population into European and global governance structures. I have more recently shifted my attention to the biopolitics of the migration-development nexus, which I argue operates as a biopolitical mechanism to manage the conduct of migrants by constituting them as key actors within a global system of development.

Examples of research funding:

2016-17: £1000 Research Workshop in International Studies grant from BISA. This will provide funding for a one-day workshop to be held in Brighton on 13 June 2017, entitled ‘Negotiating Governance: Agency, Mobility and the Global Movement of People’, which will bring together scholars to investigate, develop and apply new understandings of migrant agency and mobility, in order to better understand the political consequences of attempts to govern the global movement of people.


Journal Articles

Deconstructing Dayton: Ethnic Politics and the Legacy of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2016. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 10: 4, pp. 548-565.

Resisting Memory: The Politics of Memorialisation in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. 2012. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 14: 1, pp. 131-152.

PhD Supervision

I very much welcome applications from prospective PhD students in any of my areas of interest. I would especially like to hear from students interested in pursuing doctoral study on:

  • New and alternative forms of political participation
  • Theorisations of agency
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