Researcher

Dr William Clapton

Fields of Research (FoR)

Political science, International relations

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Biography

William Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He has research interests in English School and constructivist International Relations theory, sovereignty, international hierarchy, risk in International Relations, international intervention in the post-Cold War era, the security and defence policies of the United States, European Union, and Australia...view more

William Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He has research interests in English School and constructivist International Relations theory, sovereignty, international hierarchy, risk in International Relations, international intervention in the post-Cold War era, the security and defence policies of the United States, European Union, and Australia and popular culture in global politics.

William was awarded his PhD from Murdoch University in 2010. The thesis explored interventions conducted by Western societies in the post-Cold War era that aimed to promote liberal democratic institutions and governance and their impact on the constitution of international society.

He has published on risk, international intervention and international hierarchy in journals such as the Politics, European Journal of International Security, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also the author of Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave, 2014).

Current Research Projects

Popular Culture in Global Politics
This project explores the the ways in which audiences constitute pop cultural artefacts through debates and contests over the meaning of artefact's representational practices. It focuses on debates over representations of identity politics in games, film, and TV shows.

Risk and Immigration
This project explores the immigration practices of the Trump administration, particularly the travel ban and wall along the border with Mexico, through a security logic of risk.

 


My Awards

3rd Oceanic Conference on International Studies Best Postgraduate Paper, 2008.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

International Relations theory (especially the English School and constructivism)

International intervention (including state-building and humanitarian intervention)

International security

Hierarchy and sovereignty in international relations

Australian, United States or EU foreign and defence policy

Risk in international relations

Popular culture and global politics


Currently supervising

Alexander Hynd - Middle Power Identity Formation and Hierarchy in the Asia Pacific.

Jamie-Lee Burgess - Security Dilemma Mitigation: Great Power Relations and Smaller Power Implications

 


My Engagement

I am an Associate Editor (Politics) for the Australian Journal of Politics and History. I am also the convenor of the Australian Political Studies Association International Relations Research Group and sit on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

I am a member of the International Studies Association and Australian Political Studies Association.

 


My Teaching

ARTS2821 Colonialism

ARTS3814 Australian Foreign Policy

POLS5102 - Key Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

 

 

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Location

124 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 3570
+61 (2) 9385 1040