‘The next ten years – and beyond ’ Future challenges and agendas for the study of politics, international relations and international development

How do social scientists involved in multifarious research agendas negotiate disciplinary boundaries?

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building

There is a blog post about this event by Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy available on the Centre for Global Development website:

Reflections on ‘The next ten years – and beyond’: Convergence or divergence in the study of politics, international relations and international development?



Professor Matthew Flinders

Professor Flinders studied Modern European Studies at Loughborough University before coming to the University of Sheffield to complete his doctorate in public policy and governance. He was appointed to a permanent Lectureship in 2000 (Senior Lecturer 2003, Reader 2005, Professor 2009). He was Sub-Dean for Graduate Affairs during 2004-2005 and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2005-2006. He was a Governor on the Board of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust between 2008-2011 and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics between 2008-2012. Professor Flinders is also the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association. In addition to his academic work Professor Flinders is a writer and broadcaster and has made numerous contributions to national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian, and in 2011 he wrote and presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘In Defence of Politics’.

Professor Nicola Phillips

Nicola Phillips is a Professor in Political Economy, and is the Head of Department at the University of Sheffield.

After completing an MSc in Comparative Government and a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, her first job was as a lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. She moved to the University of Manchester in 2002, where she was promoted to Professor in 2006. She has held visiting positions and fellowships at a range of institutions across the world, most recently at the Australian National University and the University of British Columbia.

Among her wider professional activities, she is the Chair of the British International Studies Association and a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub-panel for Politics and International Relations. Until 2013 she was one of the editors of the journal New Political Economy, and its Editor-in-Chief between 2004 and 2010. She is a member of the International Advisory Boards of New Political Economy, the Review of International Political Economy and the Lynne Rienner International Political Economy Yearbook series, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Contemporary Politics and the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy.

Professor David Hulme

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. Currently, He is the president of the Development Studies Association. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of non-government organisations in development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. Recently, he has been a leading international expert in the discussion of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda He holds a BA and MA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from James Cook University, Queensland.


13:30 – 13:40 - Welcome and introduction by Professor Kevin Theakston (Head of the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds)

13:40 – 14:20 -  Professor Matthew Flinders (University of Sheffield) - Chair of the Political Studies Association

14;20 – 15.00 - Professor Nicola Phillips (University of Sheffield) - Chair of the British International Studies Association

15:00 – 15.30 - Coffee break

15:30 – 16:10 - Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester) - President of the Development Studies Association

16:10 – 17:15 - Panel Q&A session


The Michael Sadler building is number 78 on the campus map.