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. 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. I am also Chair of the British International Studies Association Foreign Policy Specialist Group. I work extensively with the media, providing expert analysis for the BBC, Channel 5, Al Jazeera, France 24 Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 amongst others. I also work with members of the Associated Press.

As Deputy Director of Student Education, my primary focus is on employabilty 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
  • Member of the Ethics Committee

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 completed two articles, one focusing on Britain's development aid agenda and another, co-authored with Dr James Strong at Queen Mary's University, on the likely success of the Brexit negotiations between Michel Barnier and David Davis. I am now working on a discourse analysis of Boris Johnson and am about to begin another co-authored article on UK Foreign Secretaries.

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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

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 third year module, The Politics of Aid and 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 2017-18, six different sectors were covered, and students reported that they found these talks very helpful. The programme will continue to run, 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 Articl 50 court case.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leadership, Parties and Institutions
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