Dr James Souter


I joined the School in 2014, working as a post-doctoral research fellow before taking up my current post in 2016. Before coming to Leeds, I completed a DPhil at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.


  • Library Representative

Research interests

I have general interests in international and global political theory. I am interested in how we are to best understand states' responsibilities, and draw on the political philosophy of pluralism in order to think about how these responsibilities can and do conflict, and how these conflicts may be addressed. More specifically, much of my work focuses on ethical questions surrounding asylum and on states' responsibilities to protect refugees. My forthcoming book, provisionally entitled Asylum as Reparation: Responsibilities to Refugees in an Age of Displacement, is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

I am currently a convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Ethics and World Politics.


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  • 2014: DPhil, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
  • 2011: MSc, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford
  • 2009: MA, Understanding and Securing Human Rights, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London
  • 2008: BA (Hons), Philosophy and History with European Study, University of Exeter

Professional memberships

  • British International Studies Association
  • Association for Social and Political Philosophy
  • Political Studies Association

Student education

I currently teach on undergraduate modules in both political theory and international relations.