Dr Hugh C. Dyer

Dr Hugh C. Dyer


My academic background is in international politics, with a theoretical disposition towards international relations and an applied interest in environmental issues.

My early studies in Canada led to a doctorate in the UK, and I taught at a range of institutions before coming to Leeds in 1991 as it established an International Studies outlet. I developed my ecological interests during an ESRC Fellowship, and these have become the focus of much of my research and teaching.



  • Programme Manager International Relations and Security MAs

Research interests

I have an interest in the history, development, and future of international relations theory. I have sought to approach these from a moral philosophical context, and to apply insights from ecopolitical thought to global politics by exploring concepts of environmental security, querying key actors, and assessing holistic perspectives on the international.

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  • PhD (LSE)
  • MA (Dalhousie)
  • BA (UVic)

Professional memberships

  • BISA
  • ISA

Student education

I teach and supervise at all levels in the areas of international relations theory and the environment. My teaching relates closely to my research interests and includes 'Theoretical Approaches to IR' and 'International Relations of the Environment' at postgraduate level five, and other teaching and supervision for BA and MA programmes.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges
  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory

Current postgraduate researchers

<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="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>