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Professor Ian Clark FBA

Political Studies
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About this Fellow

Ian Clark was educated at the University of Glasgow and the Australian National University. He joined the University of Queensland as Professor of International Relations in 2014. Previously, he taught at Cambridge University and was E. H. Carr Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He has held visiting appointments at Chuo University, Tokyo; RSIS, NTU, Singapore; the Australian National University, Canberra; University of Melbourne; and ASERI, Milan. He has published many books in nuclear history, the ethics of war, and the combination of international history and international relations theory. This work has recently focussed on problems of international legitimacy. He has held prestigious awards, including a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and an ESRC Professorial Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.



Current post

  • Honorary Professor of International Relations, University of Queensland; Emeritus Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

Past Appointments

  • Assistant Director of Studies in International Relations, University of Cambridge, 1984 - 1997
  • Professor of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1998 - 2008
  • E H Carr Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, 1998 - 2014
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Western Australia, 1974 - 1984
  • Honorary Professor, POLSIS, University of Queensland, 2017
  • Professor Emeritus, Aberystwyth University, 2017

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2001 - 2004


Hegemony in International Society 2011

The Vulnerable in International Society 2013

Waging War: A New Philosophical Introduction 2015 2nd

Globalization and fragmentation 1997

Legitimacy in International Society 2005

International Legitimacy and World Society 2007

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