Professor Chris Rumford

Educational background

BA Middlesex University

MSc Birkbeck

PhD City University

Personal profile

Professor Chris Rumford arrived at Royal Holloway on 1 September 2003 following a period as Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Istanbul Kultur University, and Visiting Fellow, City University, London. Chris has held a variety of positions including Senior Researcher at the Economic Development Foundation in Istanbul (IKV), and British Studies Consultant at the British Council.

Research interests

My research interests include: the transformation of contemporary Europe; the dynamics of borders in a globalizing world; and cosmopolitanism as a politics of space. I am currently conducting two research projects. The first looks at the emergence of ‘cosmopolitan communities’ in the wake of the 7/7 bomb attacks in London, particularly the formulation of new solidarities which cut across existing ethnic and cultural groupings, and the idea of London as a site of a unique cosmopolitan experience. The second project examines responses to recent allegations of abuse of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers in the wider context of the Blair government’s discourse of Iraq as an 'uneven battlefield' where 'unfair constraints' are placed upon British troops by a combination of human rights law and public expectations.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • PR2450: Introduction to Global Studies (course leader)
  • PR3150: Political Sociology (course leader)
  • PR3660: Advanced Readings in Global Studies (course leader)

Postgraduate:

  • PR5901: Theories of Globalization (course leader)
  • PR5902: Politics of Globalization (course leader)

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