Dr Xavier Mathieu

Lecturer Politics


Personal Statement

I joined the University of Liverpool in September 2019. I hold an MA from the University of Bordeaux (Sciences Po) and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, both in International Relations. My research interests include Sovereignty, International Interventions (the Responsibility to Protect, Peacebuilding), Civilisation and Eurocentrism, and Identity/Difference in International Encounters. In the past, I have used post-structuralist theories (Performativity and Post-colonial approaches) in order to study these topics.

Before joining Liverpool, I was a Teaching Fellow at Aston University for two years. Prior to this appointment, I have also been a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Germany), a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield International College.

PhD supervision:
I would be happy to supervise potential candidates in International Relations, in particular in the following areas:
- Sovereignty, its use and its transformations in international politics;
- Difference and identity in international relations;
- Interventions and peacebuilding (in particular conceptual analyses);
- Colonial relations and encounters, and their impact/relevance on contemporary politics.