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 co-organised 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 a co-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. 

More recently, Louiza has researched the challenge that decolonial critique presents to the thought of Martin Hedeigger but also the potentialities of Heidegger's thought towards the articulation of a global ethics following the key insights of  decolonial thinking. This work is part of a larger project on Heidegger's thought and the challenges that it presents -- and are presented to it in turn -- by the the global age, which culminated in a co-edited book bringing together philosophers and international political theorists in critical conversation, entitled Heidegger and the Global Age.

Her current research focuses on three areas:

Human rights and human rightlessness in global politics and, in particular, how rights are productive of unanticipated forms of resistance to conduct by those designated as 'disposable' and 'rightless' subjects, whilst remaining an important political technology of government. A theoretical contribution to understanding human rightlessness and human rights will lead to a research monograph. In the mean time ,Louiza has coedited a special issue on questions of power and human rights in Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015 and a coedited book entitled, The Power of Human Rights / The Human Rights of Power (2017)

Resistance and subjectivity. Interested in the subjectivising effects of practices of dissent and resistance, Louiza has led a number of international collaborative initiatives on resistance. With Carl Death and Helle Malmvig, she pioneered a collaborative research project into counter-conduct within Foucaultian approaches to global politics, which led to a special issue on Counter-Conduct in Global Politics published in Global Society 30(2) 2016 on this theme. Moreover, she has  co-convened with Anja Eleveld a collaborative workshop on the theme of 'Political Struggle and Performative Rights' in 2016. Louiza is, moreover, 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.

Decolonial ethics. Interrogating the decolonisation of ethical enquiry and practice is one of the most pressing areas of concern of international political theory. Taking seriously the claim that 'decolonisation is not metaphor' (Tuck and Yang), Louiza's research interrogates poetic and praxeological possibilities of historical and contemporary decolonising struggles.

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 theory, especially decolonial, 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, including, importantly, decolonial ethics.
  • International political theory, continental philosophy and philosophy of the subject, with special reference to the thought of Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Carl Schmitt.



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