Professor Richard Beardsworth

Professor Richard Beardsworth


I joined POLIS in September 2019 as Head of School and Professor of International Politics. I have degrees from Cambridge and Sussex Universities in Modern Languages and Literatures, Critical Theory and Political Philosophy (MA, MA, D.Phil). I was previously E.H.Carr Professor of International Politics and Head of Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Prior to that, I was Professor of International Theory at Florida International University and Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations at the American University of Paris. | am also Research Associate at the Centre des Etudes de Relations Internationales, SCiPo, Paris, and an appointed member of BISA executive.


  • Head of School

Research interests

My recent interests lie in global politics, statecraft and long-term policy-formation regarding global challenges, particularly climate change and sustainability. To this end, recent publications have rehearsed a Weberian and republican account of ethical responsibility towards global challenges that re-aligns national interests and duties, on the hand, and global interests and responsibilities, on the other (avoiding the current split between global governance and nationalism). I co-direct research projects on state responsibility towards global challenges and the rehearsal of plausible norms in international politics. Two major questions in these projects are: How can we understand state responsibilities at the intersection of non-territorial challenges? What is the relation between normative change and political judgment?  My own work increasingly focuses on establishing political narratives around climate change responsibility and the possibility of systemic change.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BA (Hons), MA (Cambridge)
  • MA (Sussex)
  • D.Phil (Sussex)

Professional memberships

  • BISA
  • ISA

Student education

As Head of School, my teaching is sporadic, but focuses on political leadership and the politics of climate change.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>