Dr Victoria Honeyman

Dr Victoria Honeyman


My PhD was a critical biography of the Labour MP Richard Crossman and was published in 2007 by I B Tauris. Since completing my PhD at the University of Leeds in 2005, I have taught on a wide range of modules, focusing on British Foreign Policy, Britain and Europe, Brexit, British Politics, Political Corruption and Approaches to Analysis.

My primary research interest is British Politics, with a particular specialism in British foreign policy. I have written extensively on the foreign policy objectives of both the Conservative and Labour Parties. My latest article, published in Contemporary History in 2019, focused on Blair’s Overseas Development Aid agenda. I am recently finished an article on Boris Johnson’s use of rhetoric.

I served as Chair of the British International Studies Association Foreign Policy Specialist Group between 2014 and 2018. After stepping down, I was elected as a member of the APSA British Politics Group Executive Committee. I work extensively with the media, providing expert analysis for the BBC, Channel 5, Al Jazeera, France 24, Radio 5 Live and Radio 4 amongst others. I also work with members of the Associated Press.

As Deputy Director of Student Education, my primary focus is on employability and helping our students to plan for their future careers. By working closely with our extensive alumni network, we are able to bring experts into the School to provide insight into their employment sector and advice on how to become an excellent candidate in the future.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education
  • Leader of the Women in POLIS Group

Research interests

Much of my current research is focused on British Foreign Policy. I have a particular interest in the foreign policy objectives of the Blair, Brown and Cameron government, although I have written about foreign policy in earlier time periods. I have just published an article focusing on the Blair government’s Development Aid policy (published in Contemporary British History, 2019) and have just completed an article focusing on Boris Johnson and his discourse during the Brexit campaign.

I have recently completed an article with Dr James Strong at Queen Mary's University, on the potential for success of the Brexit negotiations which took places between Michel Barnier and David Davis and am intending to begin work on a co-authored article on British ODA imminently.

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  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Member of the British International Studies Association
  • Member of the Political Studies Association
  • Executive Committee Member for the British Politics Group
  • Associate of the British Foreign Policy Group

Student education

I am module leader for the third year module British Foreign Policy and the first year British Politics module. I also teach on the postgraduate module focusing on Brexit. In addition to working in POLIS I have also taught in the School of History and worked at the University of Salford for several years running their second year Labour Party History module.

I am the Deputy Director of Student Education, with a special focus on employability. I created a programme where alumni, working in the primary sectors our graduates move into, visit the School of Politics and International Studies to offer advice and information to current students. In the academic year 19-20, six different sectors will be covered, including a joint event with PVAC focusing on Politics and the Media.

The programme runs alongside occasional talks and presentations which I also organise for current students on areas of interest to them. In 2017-18, we had visits from Sir Roderic Lyne, a member of the Chilcot Committee and former UK diplomat, and James Libson, a key member of Gina Miller's legal team in the Article 50 court case and the Supreme Court Case on the Proroguing of Parliament in 2019. In 2019-20 we will again have a visit from Sir Roderic Lyne, focusing on his experience in and opinions on Russia, and their relationship with the UK, as well as a discussion of the Iraq war and his time on the Chilcot Inquiry team.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leadership, Parties and Institutions
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