Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR)
Dr Robert Frith
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He teaches on a range of undergraduate units on the Politics and IR undergraduate programme and coordinates Study Skills and Researching Political Analysis. At postgraduate level he co-ordinates External Relations of the European Union.
Robert’s research brings together interests in International Relations, European Studies and Political Theory, with a twin focus on issues of legitimacy and security. His research on legitimacy and international order reflects on questions about the practical application, and normative desirability, of different models of transnational democracy. His research on security is centred on the Reflexive Security agenda emerging in International Relations about managing the risks presented by the contemporary global order.
- PhD International Relations
- MSc International Relations (Research) (Distinction)
- BSc (Hons) Politics (First Class)
- Transnational Europe
- International Relations
- European Studies
- Political Theory
Current Research Projects
Legitimacy and international order: This project is concerned with the challenges presented by contemporary international institutions for establishing relevant criteria to judge standards of legitimacy. Linked to this project is an article examining whether institutional differences are relevant not only in terms of inhibiting or facilitating the practical realisation of different ideal democratic criteria but also whether they are normatively relevant. Another paper which seeks to map the ways in which the inclusion and exclusion of expert and non-expert voices help to inform understandings of legitimacy in particular policy domains has been accepted for delivery at the forthcoming Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference.
Reflexive Security: This project seeks to contribute to the emerging scholarship within the field of International Relations that uses Ulrich Beck’s ‘World Risk Society’ thesis and its related concepts to better understand insecurity in the contemporary international order. Linked to this project is a conference paper accepted for delivery at Oita University in Japan.
- ‘Walking Together’ Towards Independence? A Civil Society Perspective on the United Nations’ Administration of East Timor, 1999-2002’, co-authored with Andrew Harmer, Global Governance, 15:2 (April 2009), pp. 239-258.
- ‘Cosmopolitan Democracy and the EU: The Case of Gender’, Political Studies. 56:1 (March 2008), pp. 215-236.
- ‘Creating European Citizens (Maas), Democracy in Europe (Schmidt), Europe as Empire (Zielonka)’, [Review, 2000 words] Perspectives on Politics 7:1. (March 2009), pp. 209-211.
- ‘Multinational corporations and the democratic state: Friend or foe?, pp. 52-87, Implications of Globalisation: Present imperfect, future tense?, (2007), Chester: Chester Academic Press.
- Staff Achievement Award, University of Southampton, February 2009 (£1500).
- Small Grant Scheme, University of Southampton, June 2008. (c. £2000).
- Faculty Research Seminar Award to fund ‘Contemporary Europe’ Workshops, European Studies Group, University of Southampton, 2006-2007 (c. £600).
- Thorneycroft Memorial Scholarship; University of Southampton Millennium Funding, and Department of Politics bursary to research PhD at University of Southampton October 1999-September 2002.
- ESRC Quota Award, for MSc., University of Southampton, October 1998-September 1999.