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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Diego de Merich, BA Hons, MA (University of British Columbia), PhD (LSE)


Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 6978
Room Number: Arts One, 2.14
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:10pm-1:30pm (Online) & Thursdays 2pm-3pm (F2F)


Diego joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2017. He was previously an LSE Fellow, working on the School’s flagship LSE100 Course. He completed his PhD in the IR Department there in 2015, with a dissertation on the ethics of international development. In 2015/16, he was responsible for a mainstreaming review of the LSE100 syllabus, which resulted in the largest equalities initiative of its kind in UK higher education.  He was awarded departmental teaching prizes in 2014 and 2016. Diego’s research interests include the ethics and politics of international development; the feminist ethics of care; human empathy and affect in moral theory; intersectionality and equalities mainstreaming practices around the world.

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Undergraduate Teaching

POL112 Introduction into Politics

POL206 Modern Political Thought I and II

POL251 International Relations Theory (Semester B)



Research Interests:

Diego’s research falls broadly into two categories, focusing on the ethics of international development and on gender and equalities mainstreaming practices around the world. As a political theorist, his research explores questions of human empathy and affect in moral theory; global ethics; post-development theory; the feminist ethics of care and ethical considerations of international development policy. More recently, his work as part of a team exploring equalities mainstreaming internationally, has led him to field research across the devolved UK powers; to Sweden, India and South Africa (2017), in order to assess the possibilities for intersectional approaches to traditional gender mainstreaming policies.

Examples of research funding:

In 2010, Diego received one of two PhD scholarships in the IR department for his doctoral studies at the LSE. He subsequently received LSE Directorate funding for field research in India and to present findings at an international conference on gender mainstreaming in Kolkata in December 2016. Diego has previously participated in successful institutional applications for major SSHRC and Michael Smith Foundation grants through his work at the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy in Vancouver, Canada.   


Journal Articles:

Hankivsky, H., de Merich, D., Christoffersen, A. 2019. “Equalities ‘devolved’: experiences in mainstreaming across the UK devolved powers post-Equality Act 2010”. British Politics 14(2): 141 – 161.

Chapters in edited books:

2015. ‘Empathy in pursuit of a caring ethic in international development’. In Ethics of Care: Critical Advances in International Perspective edited by M. Barnes, T. Brannelly, L. Ward, N. Ward; Policy Press, Bristol UK.

Under contract:

de Merich, D., Hirst, A., Hoover, J., Roccu, R. 2020 (forthcoming). Myths and mysteries in world politics. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).  

Professional reports:

2016. Athena Swan / ECU Gender Charter Departmental Bronze Application, LSE100 Department, London School of Economics.

2009. Intersectionality: Moving Women’s Health Research and Policy Forward. O. Hankivsky, R. Cormier, w/ D. de Merich. Women’s Health Research Network, Vancouver Canada.

Selected blog posts / opinion pieces:

2015. ‘Ethical Encounters – Parsing the Pluriverse: Empathy and deliberation in a post-MDG ethics of international development’ May 3, 2015 on The Disorder of Things

Public Engagement

Diego is a Research Associate with the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. During his time at LSE, he also participated in school and community outreach workshops related to gender and intersectionality, last presenting to primary and middle school students at the International School of Brussels in June 2016.

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