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Dr Audrey Alejandro, BA (University of Montpellier), MA (Sciences Po Bordeaux), PhD (Sciences Po Bordeaux)


Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 8586
Room Number: Arts One, 2.32
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-3pm


Audrey joined Queen Mary in 2017. Previously, she was Fellow in Qualitative Methodology at the London School of Economics (2016-2017) and in Political Science at Sciences Bordeaux (2010-2013) where she defended her doctoral dissertation in 2015. She also held visiting positions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is Associate Researcher with the Centre Émile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux, and with the Centre d’ Excellence Jean Monnet Aquitaine, France.

Audrey’s research focuses on discourse and knowledge, the conditions of their production and their role in the structuration of the social and political order. Her current research project investigates the knowledge capacities of small island-states, with a special interest for the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her PhD dissertation explored the impact of Eurocentrism on the globalisation of social sciences through a comparative historical sociology of the internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India. Her work comprises a strong reflexive dimension, exploring the discursive conditions for critical theory not to reproduce the social and political order it aims to challenge.

Audrey is co-convenor of the BISA working group “IR as a social science” and co-editor of the Palgrave book series Trends in European IR, Palgrave Pivot, with Knud Erik Jørgensen, Felix Rösch, Helen Turton, and Alexander Reichwein.

Audrey was awarded LSE Class Teacher Award in 2017.

See her profile on ResearchGate and Academia


Research Interests:

  • Knowledge and Discourse, and how they produce the social political order;
  • The Commonwealth of Dominica, the Caribbean;
  • Agricultural Sustainability and Resilience;
  • Community-based datasystems, international cooperation, technical assistance programs;
  • International Political Sociology, Anthropology of knowledge;
  • Discourse Analysis, Reflexivity, Methodology of writing, Action Research, Participatory Research.

 Past Areas of Research

  • Postcoloniality, Otherness, Eurocentrism, Ethnocentrism;
  • Globalisation of science, Science and Foreign Policy;
  • North-South scientific relations;
  • Historical sociology of social sciences in Brazil and India;
  • Sociology of International Relations.

Examples of research funding:

Audrey’s PhD was fully funded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (contrat doctoral).



Western dominance in International Relations? The Internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India, under contract with Routledge, Worlding Beyond the West. 

(with Knud Erik Jørgensen, Felix Rösch, Helen Turton, and Alexander Reichwein), Reappraising European IR Theoretical Traditions, Palgrave Pivot, 2017. 

Journal Articles:

“Eurocentrism, Ethnocentrism and Misery of Position: International Relations in Europe, a problematic oversight”, European Review of International Studies, Vol. 4, N° 1, 2017, pp. 5-20. 

“The narrative of Academic Dominance: How to Overcome the ‘Core-periphery’ Divide”, 
International Studies Review, in Gunther Hellmann and Morten ValbjØrn, Forum “Problematizing Global Challenges: Recalibrating the ‘Inter’ in IR-Theory”, Vol. 19, N°2, June 2017, pp. 22-26.

 “Réflexivité et ‘domination occidentale’ - Avancées et perspectives pour un programme de recherche prometteur en Relations Internationales”, Études Internationales, volume XLVII, N° 1, mars 2016, pp. 133 – 144.

(with Daniel Compagnon), “China’s External Environmental Policy: the Case of China’s Environmental Impact in Africa”, with Daniel Compagnon, Environmental Practice, Vol. 15, N° 3, September 2013, pp. 220 – 227.

Book chapter:

“International Relations and Foreign Policy in India: Policy-oriented Works between Discipline and State” in Theorizing Indian Foreign Policy: Opening Up and Assessing the Toolbox for the Twenty-first Century, Mischa Hansel, Raphaёlle Khan and Mélissa Levaillant (eds.), Routledge, 2017, pp. 29 – 46.


Walking the reflexive talk”, e-International Relations, Sept. 2016.

Public Engagement


Co-editor of the book series Trends in European IR Theory, Palgrave Pivot, with Knud Erik Jørgensen, Felix Rösch, Helen Turton, and Alexander Reichwein.

Professional Associations

Co-founder and secretary of the Francophone Association of Caribbean Studies (AFDEC) since September 2017.

Co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) working group “International Relations as a Social Science”, since January 2017.


Researcher for the project “Operations research on community-based monitoring and feedback: proposal for a realistic evaluation with three options”, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria/LSE, London, United-Kingdom, 2016.

Researcher for the project “Régionalisation des politiques publiques agricoles de durabilité dans les Caraïbes”, European Union Program INTERRREG IV (Cabaré), CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development)/ ART-DEV, 2015.


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