Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


2018 Sussex International Theory Prize

Nomination Deadline Extension to 10 May 2018

The Centre for Advanced International Theory invites nominations for the 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize for the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2017.  

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 Faiz Sheikh for his book Islam and International Relations: Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism (Rowman & Littlefield 2016).

In the summer of 2018, the prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book form in 2017. 

Prize Details


  • The work should be in International Relations, broadly conceived – including sub-fields
  • The work must have been published in 2017: judged by copyright date
  • Nominations should be for books only: 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 five [5] hard copies (e-books not accepted) of the title be sent by the nomination deadline to:

    Centre for Advanced International Theory
    Department of International Relations
    Arts C Building, University of Sussex
    Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9SJ
  • Nominations can be made by email submission through to 10 May 2018 to cait@sussex.ac.uk.  Book copies must also arrive by this date.
  • The recipient will be notified in late June 2018.


  • 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.


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The 2017 Prize was awarded to Faiz Sheikh for his 'Islam & International Relations - Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism' (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).