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. 

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 sensitive to decolonial thinking. This work is part of a larger project on Heidegger's thought and its significance for understading the global age which brought together philosophers and international political theorists to engage in critical conversation. A co-edited book, entitled Heidegger and the Global Age, is published jointly with Antonio Cerella.

Her current research focuses on three areas:

Human rights in global politics and, in particular, how rights are productive of unanticipated forms of resistance to conduct through subjectivation, whilst remaining an important political technology of government. A theoretical contribution to understanding human rights will lead to a research monograph. In the mean time Louiza has coedited with Anna Selmeczi a special issue on questions of power and human rights in Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015 and a 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 relations theory, especially critical, decolonial 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.



Current PhD Students

Amira Abdelhamid (International Relations) The ‘Phenomenal’ Figures of the West, Abroad: The Homosexual, the Activist, and Revolution in Contemporary Egypt.

Béatrice Châteauvert-Gagnon (International Relations) Contesting the Logics of Protection in International Security: Modern-day Parrhesia Amongst Dissident Female Protectors, Vigilantes and Whistle-Blowers. 

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 (International Relations) - 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 / Sociology) - The Politics of Rehabilitation of Disabled Veterans: Masculinity, Embodiment and Militarism in Turkey.


Recently Completed PhD Students

Eva Hilberg (International Relations) - 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 (International Relations) - 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