Stephen is Reader in International Relations and Programme Director for the MA Degrees in International Relations and the MA in International Security. He joined the Department in September 2003. He lectures on international development and South African politics.
Teaching and supervision
- INRL6008: Managing Global Issues (Global Development pathway) (level 6)
- POLI6011: South African Politics: from Apartheid to Democracy (level 6)
- INRL7003: International Development
- INRL7017: International Development (DL)
Stephen has supervised the following PhD students to completion:
- Duncan Green 'Active Citizens and Effective States: Definitions and Interactions - A Critical Review' (2010, PhD by Publication)
- Miguel Otero-Iglesias 'The Euro vs. the Dollar in the Political Economy of Global Monetary Governance: Perceptions from the Financial Elites in China, the GCC and Brazil' (2011)
- Abilene Pitt 'New Forms of Power in the World Bank's Post-Washington Consensus Development Policies: Understanding the application of the Comprehensive Development Framework to context specific lending strategies for Argentina 2000-2010' (2016)
- Kavi Thakore 'Exploring Liberal Cosmopolitan Paths towards Global, Regional and
National Financial Regulation (2008-2018): The Case of the European Union Financial
Transactions Tax (EUFTT)' (2022)
He is keen to supervise promising research students and would particularly welcome projects on South African Politics, South African Foreign Policy, European Union Development and Trade Policy and UK-Africa Relations post-Brexit.
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Stephen has broad research interests in critical international political economy and development, especially with regard to Africa. More specific interests are in the political economy of post-apartheid South Africa, the trade and development policies of the European Union and UK-Africa trade policy post-Brexit.
Research grants and awards
- 2013-16 Economic and Social Research Council, Co-Investigator, Seminar Series on 'British Africa policy after Labour: Coalition, austerity, continuity and change'. Awarded £26,956 (Ref: ES/L000725/1).
- 2006 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant to attend the International Studies Association 45th Annual Convention in San Diego. Awarded £500 (Ref: OCG-41945).
In December 2017 Stephen submitted written evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee’s ‘Continuing application of EU trade agreements after Brexit’ inquiry. View the final report of this inquiry.
In October 2019 Stephen submitted written evidence to the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Select Committee's 'The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa - prosperity, peace and development co-operation' inquiry. View the final report of this inquiry.
In January 2020, Stephen co-organised a parliamentary symposium, which was attended by over 160 participants including parliamentarians, policymakers, academics and a range of stakeholders from the UK and Africa. Following the symposium, he has produced a Policy Briefing for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa which outlines the challenges and opportunities for UK-African trade after Brexit and concludes with a series of policy recommendations.
In January 2022, Stephen was invited to give expert comment to a meeting organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on its draft opinion on ‘A new framework for free trade agreements, economic partnership agreements and investment agreements that guarantees the real involvement of civil society organisations and the social partners and ensures public awareness’.
In February 2022, Stephen submitted written evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee’s ‘UK trade approach towards developing countries’ inquiry. This evidence was cited a number of times in the Committee's letter sent in November 2022 to the Secretary of State for International Trade.
Hurt SR, 'African Agency and EU-ACP relations beyond the Cotonou Agreement'
Journal of Contemporary European Research 16 (2) (2020) pp.139-162
ISSN: 1815-347XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hurt SR, 'The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with Africa: "Decent Work" and the Challenge of Trade Union Solidarity'
Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal 1 (4) (2017) pp.547-562
ISSN: 2380-2014 eISSN: 2379-9978Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hurt SR, 'What’s Left of "the Left" in Post-Apartheid South Africa?'
Capital & Class 41 (2) (2017) pp.291-313
ISSN: 0309-8168 eISSN: 2041-0980Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hurt SR, 'The Congress of South African Trade Unions and Free Trade: Obstacles to Transnational Solidarity'
Globalizations 11 (1) (2014) pp.95-105
ISSN: 1474-7731 eISSN: 1474-774XAbstract Published here
Hurt SR, Lee D, Lorenz-Carl U, 'The argumentative dimension to the EU-Africa EPAs'
International Negotiation 18 (1) (2013) pp.67-87
ISSN: 1382-340XAbstract Published here
Hurt SR, 'The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations: 'Locking-In' the neoliberal development model in Southern Africa?'
Third World Quarterly 33 (3) (2012) pp.495-510
ISSN: 0143-6597 eISSN: 1360-2241Abstract Published here
Hurt SR, 'Understanding EU Development Policy: history, global context and self-interest?'
Third World Quarterly 31 (1) (2010) pp.159-168
ISSN: 0143-6597 eISSN: 1360-2241Published here Open Access on RADAR
Brown, W, Harman, S, Hurt, S, Lee, D, Smith, K, 'Editorial: New Directions in International Relations and Africa'
The Round Table 98 (402) (2009) pp.263-267
ISSN: 0035-8533Published here
Hurt SR, Knio K, Ryner M, 'Social forces and the effects of (post)-Washington consensus policy in Africa: comparing Tunisia and South Africa'
The Round Table 98 (402) (2009) pp.301-317
ISSN: 0035-8533 eISSN: 1474-029XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hurt SR, 'Mission Impossible: A Critique of the Commission for Africa'
Journal of Contemporary African Studies 25 (3) (2007) pp.355-368
ISSN: 0258-9001 eISSN: 1469-9397Published here
Hurt SR, 'Co-operation and coercion? The Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and ACP states and the end of the Lomé Convention'
Third World Quarterly 24 (1) (2003) pp.161-176
ISSN: 0143-6597 eISSN: 1360-2241Published here
Hurt SR, 'A Case of Economic Pragmatism? The European Union's Trade and Development Agreement with South Africa'
International Relations 15 (3) (2000) pp.67-83
ISSN: 0047-1178Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
Stephen is a member of the International Studies Association, British International Studies Association, Political Studies Association, Chatham House, Royal African Society and the African Studies Association of the UK.
Stephen is also a member of the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society and takes an
active role in the work of its International Political Theory research group.
Areas of expertise
Trade and development, post-Brexit UK trade, labour rights, civil society, EU Free Trade
Agreements. Stephen is a member of The Trade and Public Policy Network.
- 2002-2003 Nottingham Trent University, Lecturer (0.5) in International Relations.
- 2000-2003 University of Birmingham, Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy.
- 1996-2000 University of Warwick, Taught on Introduction to Politics, Theories of IR and Politics of Developing Areas modules.
- 1995-1999 University of Warwick, PhD in Politics and International Studies. Thesis title: Meeting the Challenges of Past and Present: Post-Apartheid South Africa's Reintegration into the Global Political Economy, 1994-1997.
- 1994-1995 University of Southampton, MSc in International Relations.
- 1990-1993 University of Southampton, BSc in Economics and Politics.
Reviewer for LSE Public Policy Group of Special Reports published by the European Court of Auditors on development policy issues (2009, 2010, 2012).
Stephen was interviewed live on BBC Radio Oxford on 1 July 2005 about the forthcoming G8 Summit in Gleneagles. In November 2010 Stephen was interviewed for the World Politics Review website about EU-South Africa relations. In March 2014 he took part in a discussion on EU trade and development policy for Radio Študent who are based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In the summer of 2017 he was interviewed for a series of podcasts on Post-Brexit trade scenarios published by the Trade Justice Movement. Stephen's contribution to this series was focused on trade, development, and the EU's free trade agreements with countries in the global south.
In January 2020 Stephen was interviewed live on Sky News TV about the UK-Africa Invesment Summit.