Dr William Clapton

Senior Lecturer
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 3570
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 124, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: International Relations
Tags: Government and Politics

Research

William Clapton is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. He has research interests in English School and constructivist International Relations theory, sovereignty, international hierarchy, risk in International Relations, international intervention in the post-Cold War era, the security and defence policies of the United States, European Union, Australia and India and popular culture in global politics.

William was awarded his PhD from Murdoch University in 2010. The thesis explored interventions conducted by Western societies in the post-Cold War era that aimed to promote liberal democratic institutions and governance and their impact on the constitution of international society. The thesis advanced two key arguments; firstly that these interventions represent a shift from a pluralist to a hierarchical form of international society. Secondly, that Western attempts to promote liberal values are a way of managing new forms of transnational security risks in the post-Cold War era.

He has published on risk, international intervention and international hierarchy in journals such as the Australian Journal of International Affairs, International Relations and International Politics. He is also the author of Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave, 2014).

Current Research Projects

Popular Culture in Global Politics
This project explores the utility of popular culture in learning and teaching in the discipline of IR and as a site at which to conduct analyses of IR issues, concepts and theories.

Desecuritising India's Nuclear Weapons Program
This project employs a theoretical and methodological framework that combines securitisation theory with sociological theories of risk in order to explore the processes by which strategic elites in Australia and the US have over the past decade attempted to desecuritise India’s nuclear programme and its unofficial status as a nuclear weapons state

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

International Relations theory (especially the English School and constructivism)

International intervention (including state-building and humanitarian intervention)

International security

Hierarchy and sovereignty in international relations

Australian, Indian, United States or EU foreign and defence policy

Risk in international relations

Popular culture and global politics

 

Publications

    Books

    • Clapton W, 2014, Risk and Hierarchy in International Society: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Palgrave Studies in International Relations, PALGRAVE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137396372

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Clapton W, 2013, 'Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead', in Anarchy and Order in The Walking Dead, Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, presented at Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September - 02 October 2013
    • Clapton W, 2012, 'The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era', in The Hierarchical Society? Re-conceiving International Society in the Post-Cold War Era, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 01 - 04 April 2012
    • Clapton W, 2011, 'Pluralism in International Society', in Pluralism in International Society, International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, presented at International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 29 - 30 September 2011, http://www.uq.edu.au/isaasiapacific/conference-papers
    • Clapton W, 2009, 'Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism', in Managing Risk within International Society: Situational Prevention and the Promotion of Liberalism, International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, presented at International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention, New York City, 15 - 18 February 2009, http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/isa/isa09/
    • Clapton W, 2007, 'Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era', in Policing the Peripheries: Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, presented at Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Conference: ‘Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty and Global Politics’, Keele Univeristy, United Kingdom, 19 - 21 April 2007

Teaching

ARTS1810 Introduction to International Relations

ARTS2814 Theorising the International

ARTS3814 Australian Foreign Policy

POLS5121 International Organisations

POLS5113 MA Thesis

Honours and prizes

3rd Oceanic Conference on International Studies Best Postgraduate Paper, 2008.

Affiliations and membership

International Studies Association

Other information

Convenor of the Master of International Relations and Co-Convenor of the Master of International Relations and International Law programs