Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


2020 Sussex International Theory Prize

The Centre for Advanced International Theory invites nominations for the 2020 Sussex International Theory Prize for the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2019.  

In 2011, the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) was established by the Department of International Relations within the School of Global Studies of the University of Sussex.  The core mission of the Centre is to support and disseminate innovative fundamental research in international theory.

To this end, the Sussex International Theory Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations. Last year’s Prize was awarded to Geoff Mann & Joel Wainwright, Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future (London/New York: Verso 2018)

In the summer of 2020, the prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book form in 2019.


  • The work should be in International Relations, broadly conceived – including sub-fields.
  • The work must have been published in 2019: judged by copyright date.
  • Nominations should be for research monographs only: edited volumes, textbooks, articles and book chapters are not eligible.


  • The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by individuals, publishers and peers.
  • Nominations should take the form of a statement of less than 200 words on why the work could be considered the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations from the previous year. 
  • Nominators (including publishers) are limited to one submission. 
  • It is the nominator’s responsibility to contact the publisher and request that eight (8) hard copies (e-books not accepted) of the title be sent by the nomination deadline. Due to COVID-19 we have changed the mailing address, please request the mailing address by emailing cait@sussex.ac.uk.
  • Nominations can be made by email submission through by 31 July 2020 to cait@sussex.ac.uk.  Book copies must also arrive by this date.
  • The recipient will be notified in September 2020.


  • The recipient will be invited to present his/her research in a Public Prize Lecture at the University of Sussex.
  • The winner receives £150 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a two-year print and online subscription to International Theory.