Dr. Ian Shaw

Dr. Ian Shaw


I joined the School of Politics and International Studies in September 2020 as an Associate Professor of Global Security Challenges. My PhD (2011) and MA (2008) are both in Geography from the University of Arizona. I received my BSc (First Class Hons) from Lancaster University (2006).

Research interests

I research political violence and how we can work together to build better worlds. I have three broad areas of study. (1) Global capitalism and poverty. (2) Ecological injustice and school gardens. (3) U.S. warfare.

First, my major research is on global capitalism and beyond-capitalist politics. My 2019 book, Wageless Life: A Manifesto for a Future Beyond Capitalism, is a call to build new futures and collective worlds beyond the ongoing failures of capitalism. Noam Chomsky describes it as a “lucid and penetrating study” that is “Perceptive and enlightening, and a ray of light in dark times.”

Second, I research ecological justice and the vital role of school and community gardens. I am interested in how to build new urban commons to challenge the social and economic costs of poverty and climate change. I lead an interdisciplinary team called the International Green Academy whose mission is to partner universities, schools, and communities to build gardens that empower young people.

Third, I have previously researched U.S. drone warfare, military strategy, and empire. This culminated in a 2016 book with the University of Minnesota Press, Predator Empire: Drone Warfare and Full Spectrum Dominance. This body of work considers the violent clash between machines and the human condition.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory
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