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Politics & IR Faculty research

Northeastern University London is the host institution for the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed International Social Science Journal and members of the Politics & International Relations Faculty participate in the transdisciplinary Centre for Identity, Cooperation and Crisis, The Ottoline Club and Ottoline Online. Members of the Politics/IR Faculty, including Dr. Diana Bozhilova, have also contributed current and past research to the Northeastern University London Working Paper Series.

The Faculty has particular strengths in a number of significant and topical areas, some of which are listed below.


Research and Teaching Interests

History of Political Thought

Dr Callum Barrell’s research is on the history of political thought in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the philosophy of history and the history of utilitarianism. He also supervises on these and other topics in the history of political thought, including international political theory.

Callum is currently writing a book about history and historiography in classical utilitarianism.

Europe & European Politics

Dr Diana Bozhilova’s research explores economic recovery and investment in South East Europe post-financial crisis, EU-Russia energy negotiations, and enlargement of the EU. Diana Bozhilova has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on EU politics and is currently working on an article about EU relations with India.

Industry, Energy and Security

Dr Diana Bozhilova has research interests in Industrial Policy Reform, energy, security, and foreign direct investment.


Dr Diana Bozhilova’s research interests include Teaching Methods, Women in India, the UN Secretary-General elections.

Dr Pablo Calderon-Martinez’s research examines the intersection between economic internationalisation and democratisation processes.

Politics/IR Faculty Guest Speaker Series

The Politics and IR Faculty also runs a Politics/IR Guest Speaker Seminar Series, featuring academics, policy-makers and diplomats presenting their research or talking about pressing current affairs issues to the Faculty and to Northeastern University London. Past speakers have included Vernon Bogdanor (King’s College London), Sir Tony Brenton (Former Ambassador to Russia), Xuechen Chen (King’s College London), Christopher Coker (LSE), Vesselin Dimitrov, (LSE), Charlotte Grant (UN IMO), Hristo Hadjinikolov (UK Cabinet Office) and James Ker-Lindsey (LSE).