Department of Political Science


Dr Patrick Pinketon

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Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in International Public Policy
Email: p.pinkerton@ucl.ac.uk



Patrick completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2011. After a few years working in secondary education, Patrick started teaching International Politics at City, University of London, before spending over three years as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He joined UCL in October 2020. He is currently a co-convenor of the BISA Poststructural Politics Working Group.


Patrick’s research is divided into two strands. The first explores questions related to peacebuilding and post-conflict politics, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Patrick has a book forthcoming with Rowman & Littlefield in early 2021 on this topic, and is also currently researching the politics of commemoration in contemporary Northern Ireland. The second strand focuses on the timely debates around migration and refugee management. Patrick is currently working on a project tracking the development of the UK’s ‘post-Brexit’ migration policy, which he places in the global and historical context of British citizenship and immigration policy.


 Journal Articles:

  • Governing Potential: Biopolitical Incorporation and the German ‘Open-Door’ Refugee and Migration Policy. 2019. International Political Sociology. 13 (2): 128-144
  • The Biopolitics of the Migration-Development Nexus: Governing Migration in the UK. 2019. Politics. 39 (4): 448–463
  • Deconstructing Dayton: Ethnic Politics and the Legacy of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2016. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 10 (4): 548-565.
  • Resisting Memory: The Politics of Memorialisation in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. 2012. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 14 (1): 131-152
  • Forthcoming:
  • Deconstructing Peace: The Contested Politics of Post-Conflict Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Submitted to Rowman and Littlefield International, for publication in 2021 in the series Peace and Security in the 21st Century.

 I am currently teaching on the core MSc International Public Policy module, with particular responsibility for running additional online engagement activities (such as role-plays and simulations).