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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)

Senior Lecturer

Amory B217

Office hours for summer term: by appointment

My research sits at the intersection of IR theory, political theory and anarchist political thought. I am currently developing insights from my doctoral work on the international poltiical theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in two main areas. The first is to rethink the concept of anarchy in IR theory. The second seeks to uncover anarchist approaches to constitutionalisng. A large part of this first collaborative project has been published as a special issue of The Journal of International Political Theory. The second project was funded by the ESRC under its 'Transforming Social Science' funding scheme. In conjunction with Professor Ruth Kinna and Dr Thomas Swann at Loughborough University, and five partner groups around the UK, the project has produced innovative insights into horizontalist and radically participatory constitutional politics. You can find out more about the project here.

Alongside an edited forum on anarchism and IR, I have also 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. 

In 2005 I co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, and in 2012 I also co-founded the monograph series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies', first published by Continnum, then Bloomsbury, and now published by Manchester University Press. I have been an Associate Editor of Anarchist Studies since 2010.

External websites: academia.eduwww.anarchyrules.infoResearch Gate 

Want to know how anarchists constitutionalise? Anarchic Agreements

Research interests

Dr Prichard's research combines and bridges the following:
  • Anarchist political thought
  • International political theory
  • Theories of the ethics of war and violence
  • Republican political theory
  • Co-production as a method for 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 Praxis
  • The History of Socialism
  • Normative Approaches to International Relations
  • The History and Historiography of International Relations
  • New materialist international and social theory
  • Global ethics

Research students

I am happy to supervise doctoral research in all areas of IR theory and Political Theory. 

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) 

External impact and engagement

  1. Coproduced research on constitutionalising with the revolutionary syndicalist union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has led to the production of a report, ‘Democracy and Participation in the Union’. The aim of this report was to support a culture change within the union, as well as ongoing constitutional reforms accross it. 
  2. Coproduced research project with Radical Routes, a network of anarchistic housing and worker coops, has issued in a co-produced report. The purpose of the report is to support institutional and constitutional changes to the way in which the network operates. We plan to produce a short synopsis of what we have all learnt from this project, and from working with the IWW, for distribution accross activist networks. 
  3. Coproduction with Seeds for Change, an activist training centre, resulted in Anarchic Agreements, a short pamphlet on how to constitutionalise in an anarchistic way. This pamphlet drew on work with the Anarchist Federation, Radical Routes, the IWW, and retrospective work on the Occupy Wall Street movement. 
  4. Common Weal, Scotland, invited us to assist them in developing a constitutional process for the institutionalisation of the Scotland-wide network of groups that comprise their ‘think and do tank’. This resulted in a co-authored report, and recommendations. This project is ongoing.
  5. Anarchic Agreementswas picked up by Foodshare Copenhagen, a network of 700 activists that distribute food to the poor and homeless. This document helped them develop a constitution for the group that respected their anarchistic politics, while delineating roles and relationships within the network.
  6. Anarchic Agreements is being used by Zed Books to reconstitute this commercial enterprise. A workers cooperative since the founding of the press, they are now in a process of reform and development and our research on anarchistic constitutionalsing is part of this process. 
  7. In 2015 the Estonian Foreign Minister, Keit Rosimannus, discussed my work on anarchism and international relations at the Lennart Mari conference in Estonia. A media circus followed, with views ranging from supportive to highly critical. I was labelled her ‘anarchist muse’, but most commentators called for her resignation. 

Biography

Education

  • 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)

Other roles

  • Deputy director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS), University of Exeter (2012-2014)
  • Politics PGT Coordinator, University of Exeter (2013-2015)
  • Programme Director for the MA in International Relations, University of Exeter (2012-2015)
  • Founder and co-convener, PSA Anarchist Studies Network (www.anarchist-studies-network.org.uk) (2005-2014)
  • Founder and co-editor, 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies' peer-reviewed monograph series, Manchester University Press (2012-)
  • Associate editor, Anarchist Studies (2008-)