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Contact us

If you have any questions about the process of applying for a PhD at IRDR please email irdr-pgr@ucl.ac.uk. Please also see the application guidance detailed above.

If you have a specific supervisor in mind, or would like to explore possibilities for doctoral research, please feel free to contact our academic staff directly through their personal email addresses available on this website.

If you would like advice about which supervisor might be a good fit for your project, please email irdr-pgr@ucl.ac.uk

Departmental Graduate Tutor

Philip Cunliffe
Dr Philip Cunliffe
Associate Professor in International Relations

As graduate tutor, I oversee the academic and pastoral care of our PhD students.  

My academic expertise is focused on questions of sovereignty, international order, military intervention and liberal international conflict management. I also have research interests in critical social theory and International Relations theory. 

I completed my doctorate in War Studies at King’s College London; my thesis examined developing countries' personnel contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations across 1997 to 2007. In 2008 I was appointed to provide reports on Western Balkan politics for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and I was appointed a fellow of the High Education Academy in 2014. 

I have undertaken a variety of roles in the wider academic community. Across 2006–2010 I was one of the founding editors of the Routledge 'Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding' and across 2014–2020 I served as Editor in Chief of the Routledge journal 'International Peacekeeping'. In 2018 I helped establish the ‘Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding’ working group of the British International Studies Association. I have appeared frequently in broadcast and print media and I am one of the co-hosts of the @bungacast podcast and tweets @thephilippics.