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Research at St Andrews

Natasha Saunders


Natasha Saunders
Postal address:
School of International
Arts Building The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462921

Research overview

Dr Saunders' research sits at the intersection of global politics and political theory, focusing on contemporary social and political thought as a framework for analysing pressing global issues. She has a particular interest in issues of forced migration, human rights, and citizenship, and in conceptualisations of, and questions about, political responsibility, social justice, political subjectivity, and agency. While interested in a range of traditions in international/global political theory, Dr Saunders has a particular interest in the work of Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Iris Marion Young and Judith Butler.

Dr Saunders' research has been funded by the ESRC and by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Her most recent project, funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant details the political activism of refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland since 1999. Her research has been published in Refugee Survey Quarterly, and The International Journal of Human Rights. Her book, International Political Theory and the Refugee Problem, was published in 2018 as part of the Routledge Research in the Global Politics of Migration series. She has also contributed to two books on the thought of Hannah Arendt.

Dr Saunders is the Associate Editor of the Journal of International Political Theory, and is Book Review Editor for School of International Relations in-house journal Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations. She acts as a peer reviewer for a number of prominent journals in her field, including: Citizenship Studies, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of International Political Theory, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies, and Review of International Studies.

PhD research projects available

Dr Saunders is interested in supervising PhD projects on Forced Migration, Human Rights, Citizenship Politics, and Contemporary Political Theory (particularly within the 'continental' tradition.

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