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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)

Senior Lecturer, Director of Education

Amory B217

Office hours for summer term: by appointment

I am currently the Director of Education in the Department of Politics. 

My research sits at the intersection of IR theory, political theory and anarchist political thought. I am currently developing two related reserach projects. The first rethinks the concept of anarchy in IR theory, the second seeks to uncover anarchist approaches to constitutionalising. (See Anarchic Agreements)

My key publications have all been published via the creative commons licence and are available freely. These can be found on my publications page at this site. 

A large part of this first collaborative project has been published as a special issue of The Journal of International Political Theory. Future and forthcoming publications explore the constitutional value of the concept of anarchy in IR and political theory. The second project, funded by the ESRC under its 'Transforming Social Science' funding scheme, uncovers how anarchists constitutionalise. With Professor Ruth Kinna and Dr Thomas Swann at Loughborough University, and five partner groups around the UK, we have produced new, original insights concerning anarchist, horizontalist and radically participatory constitutional politics. This research has also had considerable influence on the ays in which numerous third sector organisations thhink about how they organise internally and relate to others externally. 

I also have a long-term ambition to generate a new dialogue accross the traditional marxist/anarchist divide. To this end, I have co-edited two collections of essays on the historical and philosophical intersections between anarchism and Marxism. A third volume assessing anarchist/Marxist convergence in contemporary global social movements will be published by Globalizations in 2019/20. 

In 2012 I co-founded the monograph series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies', first published by Continnum, then Bloomsbury, and now published by Manchester University Press. We have nearly two dozen titles in print, with three forthcoming. The most recent is Richard Cleminson's Anarchism and Eugenics: An unlikely convergence, 1890-1940. 

In 2005 I co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, and iI have been an Associate Editor of Anarchist Studies since 2010. You can find my publications on the University of Exeter repository (see Publications) as well as at the followingexternal websites: academia.eduResearch Gate 


Research interests

  • Anarchist political thought
  • International political theory
  • The ethics and phenomenology of war and violence
  • Republican political theory
  • Constitutional politics
  • Co-production methods in political philosophy

Research supervision

I would be happy to supervise graduate and doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Classical and contemporary International Political Theory
  • Mainstream and critical International Relations theory
  • Anarchist theory and practice
  • The history of socialism
  • Normative approaches to International Relations
  • Global constitutionalism
  • The history and historiography of International Relations
  • Global ethics, the ethics of war and of violence

Research students

I have helped secure ESRC 1+3 awards for two future doctoral students this year (see below), and have co-supervised two PhD projects to completion. Both now have posts as full time academics.

Completed PhD supervision

  • Biao Zhang, 'Reaon in International Relations: An Historical Image of the Discipline' (with Prof. Iain Hampsher Monk)
  • Tatevik Mnatsakanyan, ‘Silencing and Binding Effects in Foreign Policy Discourse’ (with Dr John Heathershaw)

Current PhD supervision

  • Andreas Karoutas ‘The minority-majority enigma: Resurrecting a political democracy' (with Dr Andy Schaap) 
  • Maria Della Porta Rodiani 'Anarchism, Cultural resistance and the Prefiguration of Alternatives in Palestine'

ESRC 1+3 Scholarships and projects

Christopher Beaumont, MRes, University of Exeter, from Autumn 2019-20

George Rowland, Interdisciplinary MRes, UWE, from Autumn 2019-20

External impact and engagement

My historical and theoretical research has shown that, contrary to widespread belief, anarchists routinely constitutionalise. Anarchists formally and informally divide power within their institutions, in defence of anarchy and its cognates, or ideological synonyms, like direct democracy, horizontality, mutual aid and equality. This research enabled us to work closely with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and Radical Routes, two of the largest anarchist(ic) organisations in the UK, constituting arguably the majority of the formal UK anarchist movement by membership. We supported their internal constitutional reform processes, and drawing insights from these projects we subsequently shaped the aims and constitutional processes of three third sector organisations in the UK and Denmark, and a UK research institute. In each case constitutions were anarchised. 



  • PhD, Politics, International Relations and European Studies, Loughborough University (2008)
  • MSc Econ, International Politics (Theory), Aberystwyth University (2003)
  • MA Hons (by research), International Relations, University of Wollongong, N.S.W. (2001)
  • BA Hons, International Relations, Nottingham Trent University (1994)

Academic Employment

  • LSE Fellow in International Political Theory (2010-2012) 
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol (2009-2010)
  • Research Officer, EU FP7 Project, 'Building a Just and Durable Peace by Piece', University of Bath, (2008-2009)
  • Teaching Fellow, International Relations, University of Bath (2008)

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