Professor Christopher Bickerton

Professor Christopher Bickerton, MA, DPhil (Oxon), Dipl. d’Études Approfondies (Geneva). Director of Studies in Human, Social & Political Sciences (Part II). College Lecturer in International Relations.


In College I deliver teaching to Part I Politics students taking papers Pol 1 and Pol 2; an Introduction to Politics and International Relations. I also supervise for Part II in Comparative Politics and Politics of Europe.


My research interests span the disciplines of international relations, comparative European politics and European studies. My published work includes a co-edited volume of sovereignty in contemporary international relations, a book on the European Union's foreign policy, and most recently a prize-winning book on European integration as a process of state transformation. I am currently working on the topic of state transformation and its role in shaping international orders. I am also working on two collaborative projects. One investigates the relationship between populism and technocracy in contemporary political life. A second is on the nature of post-Maastricht European integration and its implications for our understanding of states, institutions and interests in the process of European integration. This second project has resulted in an edited book published with Oxford University Press in 2015, under the title of The New Inter-governmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Period.


In the Department of Politics and International Studies, I am the course organiser for paper Pol 4; Comparative Politics in Europe, Part IIa. I give lectures for this alongside further lectures and seminars for Part IIb, MPhil and PhD courses.

Personal interests

In addition to academic work, I regularly write op-eds for leading newspapers such as the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Monde Diplomatique. I am also the co-founder of and contributor to the political economy blog, The Current Moment:

01223 335558
01223 767254
  • Official Fellow
  • Director of Studies in Human, Social & Political Sciences