Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Felix Berenskötter

Key information

MA (Rutgers), PhD (LSE)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Email address
Telephone number
+44 (0) 207 898 4682
Support hours
On sabbatical


Felix Berenskötter is a scholar of International Relations with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He was the founding chair of the Theory Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), co-convened the Interpretivism in International Relations Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and served on the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association (EISA). He was an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and part of the first editorial team of The Journal of Global Security Studies (JoGSS). He founded and co-edits the book series Bristol Studies in International Theory with Stefano Guzzini and Neta Crawford.

Felix served as Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS from July 2019 to January 2023, including as a member of SOAS’ Executive Board and Board of Trustees.


Research interests

A central aspect of Felix’ research concerns theorising world politics as a creative and political endeavour and accounts of agency within it. This overlaps with an interest in concepts, specifically their place(s) in time and in theory, how they travel, and how they guide action. 

His work has explored the concepts of power, identity, anxiety, and friendship. These combine in Felix’ long-term project to develop a theory of the formation and dissolution of international friendship as a distinct phenomenon of world politics.

His conceptual work connects with an empirical interest in the international politics of security, solidarity, and peace in Europe, with a particular focus on Germany and its ‘special relationships’ with other states. He also considers theories and concepts as frames through which to study the political history and sociology of the academic field of International Relations.

More recently, Felix (re)turned his attention to the question of the value of the university and its place in society, both as an ideal and as practiced reality, as well as the politics surrounding this question.

For publications see his profiles at or

PhD Supervision

Dr Berenskötter is currently not taking on new PhD students.

Name Title
Taylor Kenzie Borowetz Contemporary Abolitionism and the Haitian Revolution: Recursive Histories of Liberation
Chi Yeung Chiu The dynamics of party interactions between Hong Kong and Taiwan in post-handover years: An ontological security perspective
Sachiho Funabashi The Role of 'Peace' in the Foreign Policy of the UK and Japan: The Case of Afghanistan
Paul Kaletsch Reconceptualizing Resistance in Light of the End and Failure of Hong Kong’s 2014 Protests
Jessica Ré Phillips Picturing Power: Visual Images of China-Africa Relations


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