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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)

Associate Professor, CSSIS Director of Postgraduate Research, Programme Director for the MA in International Relations.

Amory B217

Office hours: Monday 11-12, Thursday 1-2. Office: Amory 217 
Dr Prichard is Associate Professor of International Political Theory in the Department of Politics. He is a leading authority on anarchist political thought and history, with particular interest in how anarchists theorise war, peace and global order. Working with Professor Ruth Kinna (Loughborough), Dr Prichard has uncovered how anarchists constitutionalise, which has resulted in a number of leading publications. In addition, Dr Prichard has co-edited three collections on the historical intersections between various anarchisms and marxisms over the past one hundred years, and is also co-editor of the Manchester University Press series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies'. For a recent discussion of his work, head over to Michael Albert's RevolutionZ podcasts, available directly here, and on iTunes and Spotify. 
Dr Prichard is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, and programme director for the MA in International Relations. He was Director of Education for the Department of Politics between 2018-2020, and has been a UCU rep and caseworker since 2018. Dr Prichard is also a co-convenor of the Political Studies Association's Anarchist Studies Network, and external examiner for the undergraduate IR programmes at the University of Sussex.
His publications are available on this site, and at Research Gate. For an archive of Dr Prichard's research on anarchist constitutionalising, head to the Anarchy Rules website. You can watch Dr Prichard and Professor Kinna explain anarchist constitutionalising here, and listen to an interview on the theory and practice of anarchism, with Dr Prichard and Professor Saul Newman, on Australia's ABC Radio here
Further details.
Dr Prichard is currently completing two book projects:
  1. Constitutionalising Anarchy. In this book, Kinna and Prichard draw together the findings of their ESRC-funded research on anarchist constitutionalising. By integrating empirical, historical and theoretical work on anarchist constitutional politics they offer new ways of thinking about political communtiy in a post-sovereign world order.
  2. Modern International Relations Theory. This advanced introduction to IR theory contextualises IR theory and theorists within debates about how to theorise world politics during the transformation of the colonial and imperial era (1880s-2011). This is under contract with Palgrave and due for submission in 2022. 
Anarchy and IR theory
Dr Prichard has edited two collections on the intersections between anarchism and IR theory. The first was a forum on anarchism and world politics (2010) and the second reconsidered the concept of anarchy in IR (2017). 
Building bridges between anarchisms and marxisms
The first of three collections explores the historical (2012) connections made between anarchism and marxism. The second explores more pointed philosophical differences (2016) between types of anarchism and marxism. The third volume looks at the contemporary overlaps between anarchist and marxist social movements around the world (2020). Each collection was the product of conferences, panels and workshops co-convened with the PSA Marxism Specialist Group. 
Co-production methods
This project sets out the means of academic and community co-production. A 2017 ISRF grant with Dr Lara Coleman (Sussex) enabled a group of researchers to synthesise and communicate the coproduction and ethnographic methods that support and inform activist theoretical and philosophical research. A second group developed very sucessful methods for group writing, with a view to challenging the alienation of moderrn academia by building cooperation back in. 
Other scholarly initiatives
Dr Prichard established and co-edits the Contemporary Anarchist Studies monograph series, first published by Continuum, then Bloomsbury, and now published by Manchester University Press. We have nearly two dozen titles in print, and more forthcoming. 
In 2005 Dr Prichard co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, which he convenes again from 2020. Dr Prichard is also an Associate Editor of Anarchist Studies since 2010. 

Research group links

Research interests

Dr Prichard is a member of the Centre of Advanced International Studies and the Centre for Political Thought at the University of Exeter. His research sits within and spans both centres. He has published in the following areas: 
  • 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 doctoral students (see below), and have co-supervised two PhD projects to completion. Both now have posts as full time academics. I am currently supervising the following projects: 

Current PhD supervision

  • Maria Della Porta Rodiani 'Anarchism, Cultural resistance and the Prefiguration of Alternatives in Palestine' (with Prof. Ilan Pape, IAIS, Exeter)
  • Andreas Karoutas ‘The insurgent minority and democratic thought' (with Dr Andy Schaap, Politics Penryn) 
  • Chris Beaumont 'Anarchist Agency in International Relations' (with Prof. Clive Barnett, Geography, Exeter)
  • George Rowland, UWE, 'Plannng and Off Grid Rural Developments'. (with Dr Katie McClymont, geography and Environmental Management, UWE)
  • Aarou Huckerby, 'Anarchism and Speciesism' with Prof. Samantha Hurn and Prof. Brian Rappert (SPA, Exeter).

Completed PhD supervision

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

External impact and engagement

Dr Alex Prichard’s is an impact case study lead for Department of Politics.

His research on anarchist constitutionalsing has supported the development of new organisations’ constitutions and democratic capacity. The impact of this research has reached across anarchist and radical democratic movements in the UK, to Europe and beyond, changing how a range of third sector organisations, including an independent union, housing and worker cooperatives, civil society organisations and NGOs, organise and constitutionalise. The project website can be found here: 



  • 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

  • Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Exeter, 2020-
  • Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Univerity of Exeter, 2015-2020
  • Lecturer in International Relations, University of Exeter, 2012-2015
  • Senior lecturer in International Relations, Coventry University, 2012
  • 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, 2007-2008

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