Dr Dan Bulley
BA Politics (Warwick); MA Politics (Warwick); PhD Politics (Warwick); PGCHET (Queen's University Belfast)
Reader in International Relations
School of Social Sciences
I have been with Oxford Brookes since September 2017 after working for ten years at Queen's University Belfast, teaching International Relations.
Teaching and supervision
- International Relations (BA (Hons), BSc (Hons))
- International Relations and Politics (BA (Hons))
- International Security (MA, PGDip, PGCert)
- Security: Beyond Bullets and Bombs (Module Leader)
- The Ethics of Migration and Immigration (Module Leader)
- Introduction to IR 1
- Introduction to IR 2
- Great Debates in International Relations: Inclusion and Exclusion
I would be keen to supervise research students in poststructural IR theory, international ethics, international practices of hospitality, power and resistance in international politics, and changing conceptions of international space.
Completed supervisions include:
- Eddie Molloy, ‘Race and Nation in the Young Ireland Movement’ (2017) - with Margaret O'Callaghan
- Stephen Warren, ‘The evolution of an Unconventional Warfare Narrative in the security imaginary of the United States' (2016) - with Andrew Thomson.
- James Millen, ‘Remembering Responsibility: NATO, Memory and Intervention in Libya’ (2016) - with Debbie Lisle.
- Noirin MacNamara, ‘Living with Ambiguity: Political Subjectivity, Responsiveness and Futurity in the work of Judith Butler and Bracha Ettinger’ (2016) - with Susan McManus.
- Laura Mills, ‘Post-9/11 Cultural Diplomacy: the impossibility of cosmopolitanism’ (2014) - with Debbie Lisle.
- Keith Kiely, ‘US Foreign Policy Discourse and the Israel Lobby: the Clinton administration and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process’ (2014) - with Beverley Milton-Edwards.
- Shinhyung (Shine) Choi, ‘How do you solve a problem like North Korea? Interrogating culture(s) and exploring alternatives’ (2012) - with Debbie Lisle.
My research examines the role of ethics and power relations in international politics. I am particularly interested in using poststructuralist, feminist and postcolonial theory to challenge the way our conception of international ethics is limited by the spatial constraints of the sovereign state system. My recent work has concentrated on migration and the practice of international hospitality as an everyday enactment of ethics and power relations which creates irruptive spaces such as refugee camps, global cities, regional organisations and postcolonial states. This led to a particular focus on the EU's role in facilitating and attempting to mitigate the 'refugee crisis' in Europe.
Most recently I am editing a book, with Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany, that brings together artists, activists and academics through essays, poems and pictures, in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. The book is called After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response and will be published by Pluto in the Spring/Summer of 2019.
In earlier work I explored the role of ethics in foreign policy, particularly in a British and EU context. I retain an interest in the UN's use of 'Responsibility to Protect' (R2P), which continues to demonstrate the potential and limits of international ethical action as conducted by states.
Research grants and awards
Co-Investigator (with Tom Walker(PI), Debbie Lisle, Bal Sokhi-Bulley, Mike Bourne, Heather Johnson): ‘Treating People as Objects: Ethics, Security and the Governance of Mobility’, RCUK - Ethics and Rights in a Security Context Programme (2014-2016) - ES/L013274/1.
Centres and institutes
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Hospitality and Hostile Environments: A Relational Ethics of Immigration (01/09/2022 - 31/08/2023), funded by: Leverhulme Trust, funding amount received by Brookes: £29,279
Managhan T, Bulley D, '"What is an author?": critical reflections on authors and authority in critical security studies'
Critical Studies on Security 10 (3) (2023) pp.111-118
ISSN: 2162-4887 eISSN: 2162-4909Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Bulley D, Brassett J, 'Everyday Ethics of the Global Event: Grenfell Tower and the Politics of Responsibility'
Globalizations 18 (4) (2021) pp.551-567
ISSN: 1474-7731 eISSN: 1474-774XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Zehfuss M, Vázquez-Arroyo AY, Bulley D, Sokhi-Bulley, B, 'The Political Import of Deconstruction—Derrida’s Limits?: A Forum on Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx after 25 Years, Part I'
Contexto Internacional 41 (3) (2019) pp.621-642
ISSN: 0102-8529 eISSN: 1982-0240Abstract Published here
Bulley D, Johnson HL, 'Ethics at the airport border: flowing, dwelling, atomising'
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36 (2) (2018) pp.217-235
ISSN: 0263-7758 eISSN: 1472-3433Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Bulley D, 'Shame on EU? Europe, RtoP, and the Politics of Refugee Protection'
Ethics & International Affairs 31 (1) (2017) pp.51-70
ISSN: 0892-6794 eISSN: 1747-7093Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Bulley D, 'Occupy Differently: Space, Community and Urban Counter-Conducts'
Global Society 30 (2) (2016) pp.238-257
ISSN: 1360-0826 eISSN: 1469-798XAbstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Ethics, power and space : international hospitality beyond Derrida'
Hospitality & Society 5 (2/3) (2015) pp.185-201
ISSN: 2042-7913 eISSN: 2042-7921Abstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Inside the Tent: Community and Government in Refugee Camps'
Security Dialogue 45 (1) (2014) pp.63-80
ISSN: 0967-0106 eISSN: 1460-3640Abstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Foreign Policy as Ethics: Towards a Re-evaluation of Values'
Foreign Policy Analysis 10 (2) (2014) pp.165-180
ISSN: 1743-8586 eISSN: 1743-8594Abstract Published here
Bulley D, Sokhi-Bulley B, 'Big Society as Big Government: Cameron’s Governmentality Agenda'
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 16 (3) (2014) pp.452-470
ISSN: 1369-1481 eISSN: 1467-856XAbstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Producing and Governing Community (Through) Resilience'
Politics 33 (4) (2013) pp.265-275
ISSN: 0263-3957Abstract Published here
Bulley D, Lisle D, 'Welcoming the World: Governing Hospitality in London’s 2012 Olympic Bid'
International Political Sociology 6 (2) (2012) pp.186-204
ISSN: 1749-5679 eISSN: 1749-5687Abstract Published here
Bourne M, Bulley D, 'Securing the Human in Critical Security Studies: The Insecurity of a Secure Ethics'
European Security 20 (3) (2011) pp.453-471
ISSN: 0966-2839 eISSN: 1746-1545Abstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Home is Where the Human is? Ethics, Intervention and Hospitality in Kosovo'
Millennium: Journal of International Studies 39 (1) (2010) pp.43-63
ISSN: 0305-8298 eISSN: 1477-9021Abstract Published here
Bulley D, 'The Politics of Ethical Foreign Policy: A Responsibility to Protect Whom?'
European Journal of International Relations 16 (3) (2010) pp.441-461
ISSN: 1354-0661 eISSN: 1460-3713Abstract Published here
Bulley D, 'Textualising British Politics: Deconstructing the Subject of British Foreign Policy'
British Politics 4 (3) (2009) pp.291-314
ISSN: 1746-918X eISSN: 1746-9198Abstract Published here
Bulley D, '“Foreign” Terror? London Bombings, Resistance and the Failing State'
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 10 (3) (2008) pp.379-394
ISSN: 1369-1481 eISSN: 1467-856XAbstract Published here
Brassett J, Bulley D, 'Ethics in World Politics: Cosmopolitanism and Beyond?'
International Politics 44 (1) (2007) pp.1-18
ISSN: 1384-5748 eISSN: 1740-3898Published here
Bulley D, 'Negotiating Ethics: Campbell, Ontopology and Hospitality'
Review of International Studies 32 (4) (2006) pp.645-663
ISSN: 0260-2105Abstract Published here