We study the history of international relations and global configurations of power and politics from an empirically grounded perspective, and with a keen interest in theoretical innovation. 

Our research is organised in three thematic hubs ‘Conflict and Security’, ‘Global and Imperial Relations’ and ‘Europe in the World’. We work and teach at the cross-sections of these fields, on issues such as peace and diplomacy, environmental governance, decolonisation, war, violence, terrorism and technology. While we share an attentiveness to how power and influence is (re)institutionalised and contested globally, we are keen to explore the geographic, cultural and temporal specificity of these dynamics. This leads us to an understanding of history as the always uncertain and contingent reworking of meaning, truth and order. 

We study bureaucrats, government officials and diplomats, but also, and overwhelmingly so, investigate ‘non-state actors’: missionaries, rebels, militias, gangs, corporations and merchants, NGOs and activists, consumer networks, victims and perpetrators of mass violence, right-wing extremists, and pirates.

Interdisciplinary approach

We work with a mix of analytical vocabularies and methodologies, ranging from multi-archival research to ethnographic fieldwork across the globe. We connect the past with present-day issues. Our team includes scholars from both the humanities and social sciences, with specialisations running from the early modern period to the very contemporary. We value team science, research-informed teaching and jointly run a series of ambitious educational programmes. 

We aim to be both outspoken and nuanced in our public engagement activities.