Dr Robin Dunford researches and lectures in globalisation and contemporary war, with special interests in the practices and theories of transnational resistance.
Robin's particular research focus is on how practices of resistance re-orientate understandings of human rights, citizenship, democracy and emancipation. He has written on practices of autonomous peasant resistance, focusing both on grass roots practices of land occupations and on transnational demands for rights to food sovereignty.
Robin Dunford's primary research interests fall into four main areas:
· Transnational resistance, with a particular interest in transnational peasant resistance.
· The ethics and politics of human rights, grassroots engagements with human rights processes.
· Decolonial theory and decolonial global ethics.
· Conflict, (in)security, and ‘humanitarian’ intervention.
His recent book focused on practices of transnational peasant resistance in order to develop accounts of resistance, human rights, emancipation and democracy. Dunford has also highlighted the importance of collective, autonomous action in emancipatory forms of politics. He has drawn attention to 'left arts of government' through which practices of resistance are instigated and organised. Finally, through an analysis of food sovereignty and peasants' rights, he has explored the agency of grassroots and southern actors in the creation and spread of human rights ideas.
Dunford is also committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary work. As well as working on a project on 'vernacular rights cultures' with Sumi Madhok (LSE), he has worked with Diane Perrons (LSE) in areas of feminist political economy. In particular, he has explored the ways in which contemporary inequalities are gendered, and has explored the multiple economic, financial, political, and cultural processes through which such inequalities, and the power and privilege they generate, are reproduced and legitimated. Finally, he is currently working with Michael Neu (Brighton) on a critical examination of justifications of killing in 'humanitarian' forms of war.
Afxentiou, Afxentis, Dunford, Robin and Neu, Michael (2017) Exploring Complicity: Concept, Cases and Critique [Edited Collections]
Afxentiou, Afxentis, Dunford, Robin and Neu, Michael (2016) Introducing Complicity In: Neu, Michael, Dunford, Robin and Afxentiou, Afxentis, eds. Exploring Complicity: Concept, Cases and Critique. Rowman and Littlefield, London, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9781786600622
Dunford, Robin (2016) The politics of transnational peasant struggle: resistance, rights and democracy Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and activism . Rowman and Littlefield international, London. ISBN 9781783487813
Dunford, Robin (2015) Peasant activism and the rise of food sovereignty: Decolonising and democratising norm diffusion? European Journal of International Relations, 23 (1). pp. 145-167. ISSN 1354-0661
Dunford, Robin and Madhok, Sumi (2015) Vernacular rights cultures and the ‘Right to Have Rights’ Citizenship Studies. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1362-1025
Dunford, Robin (2015) Autonomous peasant struggles and left arts of government Third World Quarterly, 36 (8). pp. 1453-1471. ISSN 0143-6597
Dunford, Robin (2014) Human rights and collective emancipation: the politics of food sovereignty Review of International Studies, 41 (2). pp. 239-261. ISSN 0260-2105
Dunford, Robin and Perrons, Diane (2014) Power, privilege and precarity: the gendered dynamics of contemporary inequality In: Evans, Mary, Hemmings, Clare, Henry, Marsha, Johnstone, Hazel, Madhok, Sumi, Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. Sage, London, pp. 465-483. ISBN 9781446252413
Dunford, Robin, Dunford, Michael, Barbu, Mirela and Liu, Weidong (2013) Globalisation, cost competitiveness and international trade: The evolution of the Italian textile and clothing industries and the growth of trade with China European Urban and Regional Studies, 23 (2). pp. 111-135. ISSN 0969-7764
Perrons, Diane and Dunford, Robin (2013) Regional development, equality and gender: moving towards more inclusive and socially sustainable measures Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (3). pp. 483-499. ISSN 0143-831X
Dunford, Robin (2011) Weak Intentionalism and the Death of the Subject Intellectual History Review, 21 (1). pp. 43-56. ISSN 1749-6977
Just War and the Responsibility to Protect: A Critique (With Michael Neu), Zed Books. 2018.
‘Second Nature: Rethinking the Natural Through Politics’, Crina Archer, Laura Ephraim and Lida Maxwell (eds), Contemporary Political Theory 14:2 (2015).
Dunford is interested in supervising students in any of his above research areas. Current Students:
Marina Espinoza: Discourses of drone bombing (with Bob Brecher.)