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Prof Patricia Owens

Post:Professor of International Relations (International Relations)
Location:ARTS C C327

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Patricia Owens joined Sussex in 2011 after holding previous positions in London and Oxford (where she recieved a teaching excellence award). She was promoted to Professor in 2015.

Her most recent book, Economy of Force: Counterinsurgency and the Historical Rise of the Social, was published in the Studies in International Relations series of Cambridge University Press in the summer of 2015. A special section of Security Dialogue will be dedicated to the book and The Disorder of Things recently hosted a symposium. Owens' first book, Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt (Oxford, 2007) and was the subject of a roundtable in the journal International Politics

Owens is currently co-editor of European Journal of International Relations and on the board of Security Dialogue. She is also co-editor of the leading undergraduate textbook in IR, The Globalization of World Politics (Oxford, 2013), now in its 6th edition and translated into Arabic, French, Korean, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Slovene, and Macedonian.

She has held a number of prestigious fellowships and competitive awards including at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard; a Visiting Professorship at UCLA; the Seton-Watson Research Fellowship at Oriel College, Oxford; the Jane Eliza Proctor Research Fellowship at Princeton University; a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California, and a Visiting Scholarship at UC-Berkeley, supported by a grant from the Social Science Research Council. Owens holds graduate degrees from Cambridge and Aberystwyth.

Despite the highly critical and theoretical nature of her work, Owens was a member of an expert 'contact group' at the British Ministry of Defence in preparation for the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

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Senator for Global Studies

Social Sciences Academic Promotions Board Member 

Management Committee, Centre for Advanced International Theory

Research Committee, Department of International Relations 

Research Convenor for International Relations

Peer Review College, Department of International Relations 

Co-editor, European Journal of International Relations

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Member, Contact Group for Strategic Defence and Security Review, British Ministry of Defence, 2015