Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


2019 Sussex International Theory Prize

The Centre for Advanced International Theory invites nominations for the 2019 Sussex International Theory Prize for the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2018.  


CAIT's 2019 Sussex International Theory Prize Winner is:

Geoff Mann & Joel Wainwright, Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
(London/New York: Verso 2018)

Read more: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cait/prize/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 jointly to Sean Molloy for his book Kant's International Relations: The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace (University of Michigan Press 2017) and to Catherine Lu for her book Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (CUP 2017).

In the summer of 2019, the prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book form in 2018. 

Prize Details


  • The work should be in International Relations, broadly conceived – including sub-fields
  • The work must have been published in 2018: 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 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 UK

  • Nominations can be made by email submission through to 28 April 2019 to cait@sussex.ac.uk.  Book copies must also arrive by this date.
  • The recipient will be notified in June 2019.


  • 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.