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Dr Alex Prichard

PhD (Loughborough University)

Associate Professor

Amory B217

I am on Study Leave during the Autumn Term of 2020. 
By the time I get back I hope to have made good progress on the following four books: 
1) Anarchism. A very short introduction. This new edition is under contract with Oxford University Press and due for publication in 2021. 
2) I am editing and writing a scholarly introduction to Paul Sharkey's translation of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's La Guerre et la Paix (1861). This will make available to an English language audience the first and most extensive anarchist engagement with war, justice, strategy, peace and security in history. This was arguably one of Proudhon's best books, making it a key to understading his life's work too. 
3) Constitutionalising Anarchy. In this book, Ruth Kinna and I draw together our ESRC funded research on anarchist constitutionalising, integrating empirical, historical and theoretical work on anarchist constitutional politics. Ruth and I were interviewed on this topic recently and you can find the video of this here.
4) Modern International Relations Theory. This advanced introduction to IR theory contextualises IR theory and theorists in an ongoing debate about how to theorise world politics during the transformation of the colonial and imperial politics of the long twentieth century (1880s-2011). This is under contract with Palgrave.
This set of publications is the culmination of fifteen years of research on the intersections of IR theory, anarchist political thought and political theory. Alsongside my own publications, I have also edited two collections on this boroad topic. The first was a forum on anarchism and world politics (2010) and the second reconsidered the concept of anarchy in IR (2017). 
Other projects: 
1. Building bridges between anarchisms and marxisms
I have pursued two other project alongside this. The first is an attempt to generate a conversation between anrchists and marxists on mutual points of intersection and overlap, as well as tension and disagreement. This has resulted in three co-edited collections. The first explores the historical (2012) connections made between anarchism and marxism, by theorists and groups who found value in both. The second explores more pointed philosophical differences (2016), and unpacks those with the aim of clarifying where future conceptual intersections might be built. The third volume looks at the contemporary overlaps between anarchist and marxist social movements around the world (2020). 
2. Methods
The second side project relates to the methods modes of of academic reproduction. A 2017 ISRF grant with Dr Lara Coleman (Sussex) enabled a group of us to synthesise and communicate the coproduction and ethnographic methods that support and inform our theoretical research. A second group I was involved with developed very sucessful methods for group writing, with a view to challenging the alienation of moderrn academia by building cooperation back in. 
Other ventures
I established and co-edit 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, and more forthcoming. 
In 2005 I co-founded the PSA Anarchist Studies Network, which I am convening again this year, and I 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 following external websites, Research 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' (with Prof. Ilan Pape)
  • Chris Beaumont, University of Exeter, ESRC 1+3 (with Prof. Clive Barnett)
  • George Rowland, UWE, ESRC, 1+3 (with Dr Katie McClymont, UWE)

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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