Professor Doug Stokes


I was born in Hackney, East London in 1972. My dad was a signwriter, my mum a cleaner, secretary and librarian. I went to Daubeney and Raines Foundations Schools from the ages of 6 - 16: all 'inner city' state schools, and did a variety of odd jobs upon leaving education with the high point being working in Hackney dole office signing people on.

I left home when 17, and London when I was 24 and lived and worked in Bosnia, mainly in the still conflict prone town of Brcko. The biggest lesson I took away from both Hackney and Bosnia was how quickly 'civilisation' can unravel and that under that thin veneer we find both incredible humanity and cruelty. Upon returning to the UK I started my PG education, in the great city of Bristol, where I spent a very happy five years. Since then I've lived and moved across the UK, and have now ended back in the beautiful West Country--my favourite bit of the UK by a long way. I now live out in the sticks, having swapped my inner city high rise youth for open fields and mud.


An abiding interest of mine has been researching the role that both actual and latent organised violence can play as a 'social relation' helping structure relationships, often between states but also social groups. My first book examined US counterinsurgnecy warfare in post-Cold War Latin America, my second the role that US coercive statecraft plays in global energy markets. My current book project examines the utility of American military primacy in structuring the global economy and defending the liberal international order.  




Aside from international relations, I enjoy cooking, keeping fit and combat sports, especially Thai boxing.


Favourite motto: "It is what it is".  

Past Appointments

September 2006-March 2013, SL/Reader in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury.

2008-2009, Guest lecturer, Science Po, France.

2005-2006, Lecturer in International Politics, Department of International Politics, City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V OHB.

2003-2005, Lecturer in International Politics, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

2000-2002, Associate lecturer for British Army ‘Short Courses’, Bristol University.


ESRC post-Doctoral fellowship, 2004-2005.

Ph.D (ESRC funded) in International Relations,University of Bristol, 2000-2003.

MSc in International Development, University of Bristol, 1998-1999.

BSc University of London, 1994-97.