Louiza Odysseos's research interests lie at the juncture of international theory and continental philosophy with special emphasis on ethics, critical theory and post-structuralist thought. 

Her book, the first book-length treatment of the work of Martin Heidegger in IR, The Subject of Coexistence: Otherness in International Relations (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) pioneered a philosophical critique of the subjectivist ontology of International Relations, interrogating the much neglected question of coexistence. Following this she organised, with Fabio Petito, a project highlighting the international political thought of Carl Schmitt, leading to special issue on the interconnections between the international law and international theory of Carl Schmitt in the Leiden Journal of International Law and also to an edited volume on The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt: Terror, Liberal War and the Crisis of Global Order (Routledge, 2007). Louiza's particular interest in Schmitt concerned the theorisation of the global liberal order emerging in the so-called ‘post-Westphalian era'. Her research theorised the global liberal order as a 'global civil war', pursued as a series of engagements through the international writings of Carl Schmitt and his interlocutors, such as Giorgio Agamben, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, and Jean-Luc Nancy. 


Louiza's current projects focus on three main areas:

  • Heidegger's thought and its significance for understading the global age and the intersections with questions of ethics. She co-organised a workshop with Antonio Cerella in 2015 and an edited book on the theme of Heidegger and the Global Age is forthcoming.
  • Human rights in global politics and, in particular, how rights function as a political technology of government that nevertheless is productive of unanticipated forms of resistance. This research project will lead to a research monograph provisionally entitled The Reign of Rights. She has brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines examining The Human Rights of Power/The Power of Human Rights, which has led to a special issue in Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015.
  • Resistance and Subjectivity. Interested in the subjectivising effects of practices of dissent and resistance. Louiza has led an international collaborative initiative on Counter-Conduct in Global Politics and is lead editor of a special issue in Global Society 30(2) 2016 on this themeMoreover, she has been pursuing the 'promise of performativity' in grasping political struggles through rights, co-convening with Anja Eleveld a workshop on the theme of 'Political Struggle and Performative Rights' in 2016. Louiza is also a member of the steering group of the Resistance Studies Network, a global platform for faciliating critical studies on resistance jointly supported by the Universities of Gothenburg, Sussex, UMass-Amherst and San Francisco State.


For a fuller description of her projects and publications see 


Areas of Doctoral and Postgraduate Supervision

 Louiza welcomes queries and research proposals from students in the following areas:

  • Contemporary international relations theory, especially critical and post-structuralist theories.
  • Human rights and political subjectivities; human rights and dissent; resistance,  government and self-government.
  • Theories of political struggle, resistance and counter-conduct; subjectivation and the governing of dissenting practices.
  • Gender theories and empirical investigations of gender in world politics.
  • Theories of global ethics and justice.
  • International political theory, continental philosophy and philosophy of the subject, with special reference to the thought of Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Carl Schmitt.



Current PhD Students

Amira Abdelhamid (IR) The Queer International in Egypt: The Construction of Sexual Identity, the Global Rights Movement, and the Surveillance State

Béatrice Châteauvert-Gagnon (IR) When Women Snap! Dissident Female Protectors, Parrhesia and the Logics of Protection in International Security

Georgina Christou (Anthropology) - Youth Politics and the Everyday Contestations of ‘Minor’ Subjectivities in Cyprus

Ozcan Keles (Human Rights) - Human Rights, Islam and the Myth of Incompatibility: the Case of the Hizmet Movement

Bontle Masilo (MSc Social Research Methods) - Civil Society Organizations in Conflict Management: The Role of Local and International Civil Society Organizations in the Government of Botswana-Basarwa Conflict  

Yesim Sunbuloglu (Gender Studies) - The Politics of Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans: Masculinity, Embodiment and Militarism in Turkey.


Recently Completed PhD Students

Eva Hilberg (IR) - Intellectual property rights and the genetic dispositif of life - the changing role of intellectual property law in governing participation and knowledge in the bioeconomy.

Andreas-Stratis Efthymiou (Sociology) - Nationalism, militarism and masculinity in post-2003 Cyprus

Synne Laastad-Dyvik (IR) - Performing Gender in the ‘Theatre of War’: Embodying the Invasion, Counterinsurgency and Exit Strategy in Afghanistan.

Suthaharan Nadarajah (Politics, SOAS) - Producing liberal peace in the global periphery: Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and the Norwegian-led peace process. 



The Role of Hegemonic Masculinity and Corporeality in the Relationships between Militarism and the War Invalids in Turkey