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.


  • Joint Module Leader for the BA Dissertation in POLIS
  • Academic Personal Tutor Lead
  • Library Representative

Research interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in understanding states’ responsibilities to address pressing global issues, and I have written on topics such as human rights, the responsibility to protect, and nuclear responsibility. More specifically, much of my work focuses on ethical questions surrounding states' responsibilities to protect refugees, notably in my book entitled Asylum as Reparation: Refuge and Responsibility for the Harms of Displacement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).

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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

Student education

I currently teach on undergraduate modules in political theory, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am happy to supervise students in contemporary political theory and international politics, with particular reference to ethical issues surrounding asylum, refugees, migration and global justice.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory

Current postgraduate researchers

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