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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)


Senior Lecturer

Office hours: Tuesdays 10am-11am, Amory 217

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Dr Prichard is working with Prof. Ruth Kinna (Loughborough) and Dr Thomas Swann (Loughborough) on an 18 month ESRC project entitled 'Constitutionalisng Anarchy'.  This is an empirically informed theoretical project, co-producing insights with four anarchist(ic) groups, to discover how 'anarchy' can be a constitutional principle. We have also recently secured a Higher Education Innovation Funding grant to develop the practical implications of our research findings with two UK-based third sector groups. 

The basic premise of the project probably sounds counter intuitive - anarchy is, after all, normally associated with chaos etc. But for anarchists, anarchy is a principle of order without rulers. Working with three anarchist groups, Kinna and Prichard ask how the principle/concept of anarchy (and cognates like horizontalism) shape and determine how different anarchist groups divide and balance powers, enable participation and declare their autonomy and political subjectivity. They hope to develop original insights into the character of anarchist constitutionalisation, but also constitutionalism more generally. The results of this research will help push forward post-statist political and IR theory. The project website can be found here: The project is funded under the ESRC's 'Transformative Research' call. This highly competitive funding stream is designed to "provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking." 


Dr Prichard was appointed lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter in 2012, and has been a Senior lEcturer in International Relations since 2015. Previously he was LSE Fellow in International Political Theory (2010-2012), ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bristol (2009-2010), and before that a Teaching Fellow and Research Officer at the University of Bath (2008-2009).

In 2005 Dr Prichard co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, and in 2012 he co-founded and now co-edits the monograph series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies', published by Manchester University Press and distributed in the USA by Oxford University Press. The series is the only one dedicated to contemporary writing on anarchist theory and practice. Full details on how to submit manuscript proposals can be found on the MUP website. 

Dr Prichard gained his PhD from Loughborough University in 2008 for a
 thesis on the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. This brought together two main areas of research: International Relations theory and anarchist theory. Most recently Dr Prichard has been working on the concept of anarchy in IR theory and the relationship between the anarchist language of domination and cognates in the neo-Republican literature in political theory.