Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)


2022 Sussex International Theory Prize

Submissions are open for The Sussex International Theory Prize 2022, which is awarded to the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2021.

In 2011, the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) was established by the Department of International Relations within the School of Global Studies of the University of Sussex. The core mission of the Centre is to support and disseminate innovative fundamental research in international theory, free of the requirement for direct policy relevance. 

To this end, the Sussex International Theory Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations. Last year’s Prize was awarded to Rahul Rao, Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality (Oxford University Press, 2020).


• The work should be in International Relations, broadly conceived – including sub-fields.
• The work must have been published in 2021: judged by copyright date.
• Nominations should be for research monographs only: edited volumes, textbooks, articles and book chapters are not eligible.


• The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by individuals, publishers and peers.
• Nominations should take the form of a statement of less than 200 words on why the work could be considered the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations from the previous year.
• Nominators (including publishers) are limited to one submission.
• It is the nominator’s responsibility to contact the publisher and request that 7 hard copies (e-books not accepted) of the title be sent by the nomination deadline to:

Centre for Advanced International Theory
Department of International Relations
Arts C Building, University of Sussex
Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9SJ

• Nominations must be submitted by 29 April, 5pm, to cait@sussex.ac.uk. Book copies must also arrive by this date.

For any logistical questions, please contact Eve Wilcox at cait@sussex.ac.uk.


• The recipient will be invited to present his/her research in a Public Prize Lecture at the University of Sussex.
• The winner receives £150 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a two-year print and online subscription to International Theory.