Reader, School of Social Sciences
Erika's research expertise lies in the areas of environment/society relations, global environmental politics, human/animal relations and gender.
Dr Erika Cudworth’s research expertise lies in the areas of environment/society relations, global environmental politics, human/animal relations and gender, where she is particularly interested in questions of intersectionality and the persistence of complex inequalities considered at various levels from grounded empirical studies, to global patterns and international relations theory.
Erika’s empirical research has sought to examine the different and similar patterns which may be found in examining both cultural forms and material practices/institutions. Erika’s areas of expertise include: environmental politics, political ecologism, human relations with non-human animals, feminist theory, complexity approaches in the Social Sciences and citizenship and social justice. Erika is currently co-chair of the Feminist Research Group at UEL.
Erika’s teaching at UEL over the years has involved an extended reflection on the nature of political power and the relationship between different kinds of state and publics. She has been interested in feminist engagements with the state and the impact of various kinds of social movements on state structure and policy making. To what extent the ‘nation state’ is a dynamic and shifting set of relationships and institutions is one of her current concerns. She has taught state theory to upper and lower level undergraduates and has always enjoyed students engaging with and challenging current orthodoxies. Erika very much enjoys teaching international politics and international relations here at UEL and thinks, given the diversity and engagement of students and staff, this is a lively and interesting place for studying and talking politics.
Erika teaches on undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes. She is currently Programme Leader for the MSc International Relations. She is Deputy Chair of the School Research Degrees Sub-Committee. Erika is currently teaching the following modules:
BA International Politics:
MSc International Relations:
Current PhD students
Camille Barbagallo ‘Reproducing the Global City: Reproductive Labour in East London’
Ignacio Dias Vasquez ‘Becoming Veronica’
John Haworth ‘Globalization, Democracy and Radical Politics: the case of Occupy’
Mary Lodato ‘Institutional Abuse in Ireland: Survival, Redress and Recovery’
Alex Williams ‘Collective Agency and Social Complexity’
Dr. Maxine Newlands ‘Environmental Direct Action and the Politics of Representation’
Erika’s current empirical project in the area of animal studies is a study of companion animal relations using mobile methods (‘walk and talk’ interviewing and ethnography). She is currently writing on everyday practices, posthuman community, diet and vulnerability in relation to this project. Second, Erika is embarking on a co-authored book project with Dr. Matthew Cole from the Open University and co-founder of the website www.vegatopia.org. The book, Animalizing Sociology, will revisit ‘classical’ social theory with posthumanist lenses.
Third, Erika is working on animals and institutionalised violence at various scales, from normative everyday practices (such as killing animals for meat) to beginning a new project developing further her co-authored work on ‘posthuman international relations’ in collaboration with Steve Hobden – ‘the posthuman way of war’.
Erika is book reviews editor of the journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/resi
Books – single authored
(2011) Social Lives with Other Animals: Tales of Sex, Death and Love, Palgrave.
(2005) Developing Ecofeminist Theory: the Complexity of Difference, Palgrave.
(2003) Environment and Society, Routledge.
Books – co-authored
(forthcoming 2015) Animalizing Sociology: Posthumanist Readings of Classical Social Theory, (with Matthew Cole) Ashgate.
(2011) Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecologism and Global Politics, (with Stephen Hobden) Zed Books. ISBN 10: 1-8813-5149 (pbk) pp.256.
(2007) The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press (with Tim Hall and John McGovern). ISBN 978-0-7486-2175-0 (hbk) ISBN 978-0-7486-2176 (pbk) pp.322.
Books – edited
(forthcoming 2015) Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations (ed. with Stephen Hobden and Emilian Kavalski) Research Companion series, Ashgate.
(forthcoming 2014) No Bosses, No Masters: Anarchist Perspectives on Animal Liberation, (ed. With Anthony J. Nocella and Richard White) McFarland.
(2013) Technology, Society and Inequality: New Horizons and Contested Futures (ed. with Peter Senker and Kathy Walker) Peter Lang.
Articles in refereed journals
(forthcoming June 2014) ‘Theorizing Change: Dialectics and Complexity’ (with Stephen Hobden) Globalizations, special issue ‘Dialectics and World Politics’, 11, 3:.
(2013) ‘Of Parts and Wholes: International Relations Beyond the Human’ (with Stephen Hobden) Millenium Journal of International Studies, 42, 3: 430-450.
(2013) ‘Complexity, Ecologism and Posthuman Politics’ (with Stephen Hobden), Review of International Studies. 39, 3: 643-664.
(2012) ‘Foundations of Complexity, and the Complexity of Foundations: Beyond the Foundation/Anti-Foundational Debate’ (with Stephen Hobden) Philosophy of Social Sciences, 42, 2: 163-187.
(2012) ‘Securança do que e para quem? Desquilades mứltiplas e complexas e a polίtica envolvida na securançe ambiental na Europa’, (with Stephen Hobden) Interfacehs, 6, 3: 117-131 (‘Securing What for Whom? Multiple Complex Inequalities and the Politics of Environmental Security in Europe’ (with Stephen Hobden), Interfaces)
(2011) ‘Walking the Dog: Explorations and Negotiations of Species Difference’ Philosophy, Activism, Nature, 8: 14-22. (2011) ‘Climate Change, Industrial Animal Agriculture and Complex Inequalities’ The International Journal of Science in Society, 2, 3: 323-334.
(2011) ‘Beyond Environmental Security: Complex Systems, Multiple Inequalities and Environmental Risks’, (with Stephen Hobden) Environmental Politics, 20, 1: 42-59.
(2010) ‘Anarchy and Anarchism: Towards a Theory of Complex International Systems’ (with Stephen Hobden) Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 39, 2: 399-416.
(2010) “The Recipe for Love’? Continuities and Changes in the Sexual Politics of Meat’ The Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 8, 4: 78-99. (currently in translation for publication in Polish)
(2009) ‘The Politics of Arts and Events: Social Capital and “Community Cohesion” in East London’, (with Judith Burnett) Rising East Online: The Journal of East London Studies 9a, 15.
(2009) ‘Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences’, (with Stephen Hobden) The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 4, 4: 59-69.
(2008) ‘The Good Citizen: Problematising Citizenship in the Social Sciences Curriculum’, (with Judith Burnett) Learning and Teaching: the International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences Winter 2008 1, 3: 67-88.
(2008) ‘Archipelagic Nations: Situating Citizenship in Education’, (with Judith Burnett) The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3, 4: 145-154.
(2008) “Most Farmers Prefer Blondes’ – Dynamics of Anthroparchy in Animals’ Becoming Meat’, The Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 6, 1: 32-45.
(2007) ‘Complexity Theory and the Sociology of Natures’, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 2, 3: 351-358.
Chapters in books
(forthcoming 2015) ‘Ecofeminism and Other Animals’, in M. Phillips (ed.) Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism. Routledge.
(forthcoming 2015) ‘On Ambivalence and Resistance: Carnism and Diet in Multi-species Households’, in A. Potts (ed.) Critical Perspectives on Meat Culture. Brill.
(forthcoming 2014) ‘Dialectics and Complexity’, in Dialectics and World Politics. Routledge.
(forthcoming 2014) ‘Human Domination and Other Animals’, in A. J. Nocella, E. Cudworth and R. White (eds) No Bosses, No Masters: Anarchist Perspectives on Animal Liberation. McFarland.
(in press 2014) ‘Beyond Speciesism: Theorizing the Social Domination of Other Animals’ in N. Taylor and R. Twine (eds) Critical Animal Studies. Routledge.
(in press 2014) ‘Complexity Theory and the Challenge to Anthropocentric International Relations’, (with Stephen Hobden) in E. Kavalski (ed.) World Politics at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity and Global Life. SUNY.
(2014) ‘Challenging Systems of Domination from Below’ (with Richard White) in A. J. Nocella, J. Sørenson, K. Socha, and A. Matsuoka (eds) Defining Critical Animal Studies: An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation. Peter Lang.
(2013) ‘Feminism’ in C. Death (ed.) Critical Environmental Politics Routledge.
(2013) ‘Climate Change, Industrial Animal Agriculture and Complex Inequalities: Developments in the Politics of Food Insecurity’, in E. Cudworth, P. Senker and K. Walker (eds.) Technology, Society and Inequality. Peter Lang.
(2013) ‘Introduction – Contested Futures, Technology, Inequality and Progress’, (with Peter Senker and Kathy Walker) in E. Cudworth, P. Senker and K. Walker (eds.) Technology, Society and Inequality. Peter Lang.
(2013) ‘Conclusion – New Horizons and Contested Futures’, (with Peter Senker and Kathy Walker) in E. Cudworth, P. Senker and K. Walker (eds.) Technology, Society and Inequality. Peter Lang.
(2011) “Most farmers prefer Blondes’ – Entanglements of Gender and Nature in Animals’ Becoming-meat’, in R. Carter and N. Charles (eds) Human and Other Animals: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave.
(2010) ‘Complexity, ‘Nature’ and Social Domination: Towards a Sociology of Species Relations’, in J. Burnett, S. Jeffers and G. Thomas (eds) New Social Connections: Sociology’s Subjects and Objects. Palgrave.
(2010) ‘Educating the Outcast: Policy and Practice in the Education of Gypsy Traveller Children’, (with David Cudworth) in L. Ang, J. Trushell and P. Walker (eds.) Learning and Teaching in a Metropolis. Rodolpi.
(2009) ‘Environmental Insecurity’, (with Stephen Hobden) in H. Fagan, and R. Munck (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Globalization and Security: Volume One- Economic and Political Aspects. Praeger.
(2009) ‘Nature, Culture, Technology: Myths and Inequalities in the Posthuman Zoo’ in J. Burnett, P. Senker and K. Walker (eds.) The Myths of Technology: Innovation and Inequality. Peter Lang.
(2008) ‘Seeing and Believing: Gender and Species Hierarchy in Contemporary Cultures of Animal Food’ in D. Grummett and R. Meurs (eds.) Eating and Believing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vegetarianism and Theology. Continuum/T&T Clark.
(2007) ‘Introduction: More than an Abstraction - the idea of the Modern State’ in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press.
(2007) ‘Anarchism: the Politics of Anti-statism’ in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press.
(2007) ‘Feminisms: the Gendering of the State’ in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press.
(2007) ‘The ‘New Right’: the Minimal State’ in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press.
(2007) ‘Futures: Theorizing the State in a Global Age’ in The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies, Edinburgh University Press.
(2004) ‘Women on Derive: Autobiographical Explorations of Lived Spaces’ (with Judith Burnett and Maria Tamboukou) in Women in Geography Study Group (eds.) Feminism and Geography Reconsidered. WGSG.
Erika has undertaken funded research projects for Local Authorities in East London. These have led to a number of research reports:
Erika’s expertise includes environmental ideas, issues, policy and protests; gender inequality and feminism; posthumanism; human-animal relationships including the meat and dairy industries and farmed animals, the killing and eating of animals and companion animals. Her research on the latter has recently been featured in national media:
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