Stephen Hobden

Dr Stephen Hobden

Senior Lecturer

International Relations theory

Department of Social Sciences , School of Education and Communities

Stephen Hobden is a Reader in the School of Education and Communities. His research is in the area of international relations theory.

Areas Of Interest

  • Critical International Relations Theory
  • Posthumanism
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My research is in the area of international relations theory, and can be divided into two phases. In the earlier phase, my research focused on the possible relationships between historical sociology and international relations. In particular, my research investigated how both disciplines employed the notion of system, and whether there was the possibility for a fruitful dialogue between the two. More directly, my purpose has been to encourage a re-engagement with history by theorists of international relations.

More recently, I have been working collaboratively with my UEL colleague Professor Erika Cudworth on a project, originally founded in complexity thinking, which we now call posthuman international relations.

I currently teach courses in International Relations theory at levels 4, 5 and 7. I have previously taught courses on a diverse range of subjects including International Organization, the foreign policy of the United States, China, and the global trade in illegal drugs.


  • Critical International Relations Theory, Posthumanism


Books - single authored

  • International Relations and Historical Sociology: Breaking Down Boundaries. 1998. Routledge.

Books - joint authored

  • The Emancipatory Project of Posthumanism, with Erika Cudworth. 2017. Routledge.
  • Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecology and Global Politics, with Erika Cudworth. 2011. Zed.

Books - edited

  • Posthuman Dialogues, with Erika Cudworth and Emilian Kavalski. 2017. Routledge.
  • Historical Sociology of International Relations, with John Hobson. 2002. Cambridge University Press.

Recent Journal Articles

  • (2018) 'Anarchism's Posthuman Future', Anarchist Studies, 26(1), 79-104, with Erika Cudworth.
  • (2015) 'Being "a Good Animal": Adorno, Posthumanism, and International Relations', Alternatives, 40(3-4): 251-263. Link
  • (2015) 'The Posthuman Way of War' (with Erika Cudworth), Security Dialogue, 46(6): 513-529.


Undergraduate Teaching

  • AI4304 International Studies
  • AI5301 International Relations Theory Today


Postgraduate Teaching

  • AI7404 Critical Theories of International Relations