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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Patrick Pinkerton, BSocSc (Manchester), MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)


Lecturer in International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 2163
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.14a
Office Hours: Monday 3-4pm, and Thursday 3-4pm


Patrick was awarded his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, after completing a research programme examining the international administration in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. He joined QMUL in January 2017, after spending two years as a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London. In his current research Patrick continues to examine the politics of post-conflict societies, as well as developing a new research agenda exploring the inter-connections between the global governance of migration and international development policy.

Patrick tweets at @P_Pinkerton

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Undergraduate Teaching

POL258 The International Politics of Security

POLM027 International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context

POLM050 International Public Policy: Concepts and Practice

Postgraduate Teaching




Research Interests:

My current research is divided into two strands. The first strand explores the contested politics of post-conflict Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Utilising the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, I seek to understand, and overcome, the constraining impacts of the peace agreements on contemporary politics in both places. I am currently finalising a monograph on this topic, building on my previous research outputs in 2012 and 2016, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield by October 2020.

The second strand of my research focuses on the timely debates around migration and refugee governance in global politics. I contribute to this literature through my focus on the governance of migration within regularised channels, as this is an under-analysed phenomenon in the critical literature, which tends to focus on practices of exclusion or securitisation targeted at ‘irregular’ or ‘illegal’ migration. I am also currently working on a collaborative project with Dr Lisa Marie Borrelli (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland), which explores the multiple and diverse manners in which migration policy elicits or produces certain types of agency, and the strategies employed by persons to negotiate, subvert or resist attempts to manage their mobility.

Examples of research funding:

2016-17: £1000 Research Workshop in International Studies grant from BISA. This grant funded a one-day workshop held in Brighton on 13 June 2017, entitled ‘Negotiating Governance: Agency, Mobility and the Global Movement of People’. This workshop brought together scholars to investigate, develop and apply new understandings of migrant agency and mobility, in order to better understand the political consequences of attempts to govern the global movement of people.


Governing Potential: Biopolitical Incorporation and the German ‘Open-Door’ Refugee and Migration Policy. 2019. International Political Sociology. 13 (2): 128-144

The Biopolitics of the Migration-Development Nexus: Governing Migration in the UK. 2018. Politics. Early view version published on 29 October 2018.

Deconstructing Dayton: Ethnic Politics and the Legacy of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2016. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 10 (4): 548-565. 

Resisting Memory: The Politics of Memorialisation in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. 2012. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 14 (1): 131-152.



Deconstructing Peace: The Contested Politics of Post-Conflict Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2020. Rowman and Littlefield International.