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BA, MA, DPhil
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 483914
Lucy Ford is Senior Lecturer in International Relations, having joined Brookes in 2002. She received her MA and DPhil in International Relations from Sussex University, having gained a first degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Before coming to Oxford Brookes she worked as researcher and parliamentary assistant to Caroline Lucas, former Green Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and now first Green UK MP. At Brookes she was instrumental in setting up the then new subject of International Relations at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She was director of the MA in 2004-2005 and acted as subject coordinator for International Relations (RL) and International Relations and Politics (RX) from 2009-2017. Her research interests in global political ecology transcend the discipline International Relations to include political economy, political thought, geography, anthropology, sociology and psychology.
Lucy leads the following modules:
Lucy would particularly welcome projects on global environmental politics, global political ecology, social movements and civil society, governance and resistance, critical international theory.
Duncan Green (2010) 'Active Citizens and Effective States: Definitions and Interactions - A Critical Review' (PhD by Publication)
Abilene Pitt (2015) 'New forms of governance - the role of civil society and the World Bank in Argentina'
Her doctoral research examined the global political economy of environmental governance and resistance. Her current research interests lie mainly in the areas of International Relations Theory and International Political Economy with a particular regard to, on the one hand, governance, civil society and social movements, and on the other, to the political economy of sustainable development and the challenge of ecological thought to International Relations, where she is broadly concerned with developing a global political ecology perspective. She has a further interest in psychoanalysis and ecopsychology, which she is working to bring into the discipline of International Relations.
The Global Environmental Politics literature tends to focus on institutional and governance frameworks as the solution to global environmental problems rather than on the systemic constraints that limit the potential effectiveness of governance efforts. Part of the problem with institutional frameworks to reform global environmental governance is insufficient attention paid to deeper structural challenges. We seek to contribute to these debates drawing on critical political ecology understood as a broad, interdisciplinary set of discourses and practices that goes to the roots of structural challenges. In particular, we focus on a broad area of research around degrowth. Usually, critical approaches are considered idealist. However, we argue that value changes are a vital component in the transition to a post-growth, post-capitalist world, which is inevitable given the biophysical and social limits to growth. While degrowth is not by any means on the verge of becoming a new dominant value system, it nevertheless presents both a coherent frame of reference as well as contains concrete examples of alternative ways of organizing society and the economy. Thus it offers important new value sets to the treasure chest of approaches wanting to bring about ecological and social change and thus a potentially important contribution to global environmental politics.
Ford, Lucy (2013) 'EU trade governance and policy: A critical perspective', Journal of Contemporary European Research, 9(4)578-596.
Ford, Lucy (2009) 'Transnational actors in global environmental politics’, chapter in Kuetting, Gabriela (ed), Global Environmental Politics, Routledge, pp. 27-41.
Ford, Lucy H. (2005) ‘Challenging the Global Environmental Governance of Toxics’, in David L. Levy and Peter J. Newell (eds) The Business of Global Environmental Governance, Cambridge Massachusetts:MIT Press, pp. 305-328.
Ford, Lucy H. (2004) ‘The Power of Technocracy:A critical analysis of global environmental governance’, in Anne Haugestadt and J.D Wulfhorst (eds) Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, New York:Rodopi Press, pp.105-120.
Ford, Lucy H. (2003) ‘Challenging Global Environmental Governance: Social Movement Agency and Global Civil Society’, in the Special issue of Global Environmental Politics, ‘Global Environmental Governance for the Twenty-First Century’, edited by David Humphreys, Matthew Paterson and Lloyd Pettiford, Vol.3(2), pp.120-134.
Williams, Marc & Lucy H. Ford (1999), ‘The WTO, Social Movements and Global Environmental Management’, Environmental Politics Vol 08 No 01, pp. 268-289; and in Christopher Rootes (ed) Environmental Movements - Local, National and Global, London:Frank Cass, pp. 268-289.
Ford, L.H. (1999) ‘Social movements and the globalisation of environmental governance’, IDS Bulletin, Vol 30 No 3, pp.68-74.
2016 - ongoing External Examiner at Free University Brighton (FUB).
2013 - 2016 External Examiner for Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University
2009 – 2013 On Advisory Board of EU 7th Framework Programme Funded Research Project “Converge:Rethinking Globalisation in the light of contraction and convergence” (2009-2013).
Recent Presentations, Workshops and Conference Papers
BISA Annual Conference, 13-15 June 2018, Bath. Participation in Roundtable on Valuing Living Processes, 'The contribution of ecopsychology in Global Environmental Politics'
Schumacher Institute 10 year anniversary conference, 24 May 2018, Bristol. Keynote address:'The contributions of ecopsychology in the transition to a sustainable future'
PSA Annual Conference, 26-28 March 2018, Cardiff. Conference paper presentation, ‘The potential role of psychology and psychoanalysis in strategies for building an effective climate and Earth systems politics’.
EISA Annual Conference, 15-17 September 2017, September, Barcelona, Invitation to sit on the Semi-plenary Roundtable on Climate Change, Presentation: 'The power of denial and the denial of power: bringing psychoanalysis and psychology into IR and Global Environmental Politics'
Previous Teaching Experience