Department of International Relations

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Dr David Karp

Post:Senior Lecturer In International Relations (International Relations, International Development)
Location:ARTS C Room B378 (Global Studies)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873352
International:+44 1273 873352

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David Karp is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He is also Deputy Director of the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre. He joined the university as a Lecturer in August 2013.

Before this, he was a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow (2010-2013); and a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS, University of London (2007-2010).

He has a PhD from the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL); an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE); and an Honours BA in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada, where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar.

He is the author of a number of articles in internationally leading journals, including on the topics of: business and human rights; global ethics; human rights and responsibility; international political theory; international practice(s); sovereignty; sovereignty; states and non-state actors.

His single-authored book, Responsibility for Human Rights: Transnational Corporations in Imperfect States (Cambridge University Press, 2014), published in the Cambridge Studies in IR series, brings together many of the above themes into an analysis of business and human rights (Reviewed in Journal of Human Rights; International Studies Review; Business & Human Rights Journal; Political Studies Review). His is also co-editor with Kurt Mills, University of Glasgow, of the book Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) (Reviewed in International Studies Review).

He has co-convened research workshops on topics such as human rights, humanitarianism, and responsibility, in global locations such as Stockholm (through the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations) and San Francisco (through the International Studies Association).

He is former co-editor for four years of the Journal of International Relations and Development (January 2012 to December 2015). 

From April 2014 to June 2014, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Relations at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil.

Please see the 'Research Interests' tab for information about PhD supervision with Dr Karp.


Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Deputy Director, Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

Member, Centre for Advanced International Theory

Member, Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research