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Andrew Neal

Andrew Neal
Dr Andrew Neal
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations; Co-Director of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR); Programme Director MSc International Relations
4.22 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4236
Research Interests
International Security, War on terror, Discourse Theory, Sociological Theory, cultural theory, political theory, UK, Britain, critical theory, critical security studies, securitization, constructivism, Postmodern Governance, poststructuralism, Scotland, Scottish Politics

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesday 3-5pm

Andrew Neal's most recent publication is Security in a Small Nation, Scotland, Democracy, Politics, which is available as a free download open access book (Open Book Publishers, 2017).

Security politics blog,  entries:

Office Hours:

Tuesday 3-5, no appointment necessary.

Research Interests

Andrew Neal is working on a book on parliamentary security politics.

He was principal convenor of the ESRC seminar series 'Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change', 2013-15.

His most recent monograph is "Exceptionalism and the politics of counter-terrorism: liberty, security and the war on terror" (Routledge 2010).

His research sits between international relations theory, political theory, sociology and security studies. He is particularly interested in poststructural, critical and sociological approaches to security, and the work and reception of Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault in IR and security studies.

Andrew Neal was a founding executive member of the Theory Section of the International Studies Association and a co-investigator in the ESRC training network 'An International Collaboratory on Critical Methods in Security Studies'. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Security Dialogue. 

Previous Posts

Andrew Neal, BA hons (Lancaster), PhD (Keele), joined the department in September 2007 as Lecturer in International Relations. In his previous post he was a research associate at King's College London for the European Commission FP6 research consortium CHALLENGE (The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security, Prior to that he held research and teaching posts at the universities of Keele and Birmingham.


Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics, editor, (Open Book Publishers, 2017). Full open access.

Critical Security Methods: New Frameworks for Analysis. Edited by Claudia Aradau, Andrew Neal, Jef Huysmans, and Nadine Voelkner. Routledge (Routledge 2014).

'Normalization and Legislative Exceptionalism: Counterterrorist Lawmaking and the Changing Times of Security Emergencies.' International Political Sociology 6, no. 3 (2012).

'Terrorism, Lawmaking and Democratic Politics: Legislators as Security Actors.' Terrorism and Political Violence 24, no. 3 (2012).

'"Events Dear Boy, Events": Terrorism and Security from the Perspective of Politics.' Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 5, no. 1 (2012).

'Human Interest and Humane Governance in Iraq: Humanitarian War and the Baghdad Zoo.'Journal of Internvention and Statebuildling 6, no. 2 (2012) (with Alison Howell).

'Empiricism without Positivism: King Lear and Critical Security Studies.' In Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction, edited by Mark B. Salter and Can E. Mutlu: Routledge (2012).

'Legislative Practices.' In Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction, edited by Mark B. Salter and Can E. Mutlu: Routledge (2012).

Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism: Liberty, Security and the War on Terror, (Routledge, September 2009, paperback March 2011)

Foucault on Politics, Security and War, Andrew Neal & Michael Dillon (eds) (Palgrave, October 2008, paperback January 2011). Download the introduction

'Rethinking Foucault in International Relations: Promiscuity and Unfaithfulness', Global Society, Vol. 23, No. 4, October 2009: 539-543 

'Securitization and Risk at the EU Border: the Origins of Frontex', Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 47, Number 2, March 2009 , pp. 333-356(24)

'Exceptionalism: Theoretical and Empirical Complexities', International Political Sociology 2(1), 2008: 87-9

'Europe, Knowledge, Politics: Engaging with the Limits: The c.a.s.e Collective Responds', group authorship, Security Dialogue 38(4) (2007): 559-576

'Critical Approaches to Security in Europe: A Networked Manifesto', group authorship, Security Dialogue, 37 (4) (2006): 44-87

'Foucault in Guantanamo: Towards an Archaeology of the Exception', Security Dialogue  37(1) (2006): 31-46

'Cutting off the Kings head: Foucault's Society Must Be Defended and the Problem of Sovereignty', Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 29(4) (2004): 373-98

'Foucault and Butler on law, war and exceptionalism' in Neal & Dillon (eds.), Foucault on Politics, Security and War  (Palgrave, 2008: 43-64)

'Foucault' in Edkins & Vaughan-Williams (eds) Critical Theorists and International Relations, (Routledge, 2009: 161-170)

Foucault in GuantÁnamo: Eine ArchÄologie des Ausnahmezustands, in Krasmann & Martschukat (eds), RationalitÄten der Gewalt, (Transcript: Bielefeld, 2007): 19-46

Book reviews:

Review of 'Critique of Security', Mark Neocleous, (Edinburgh University Press 2008), Capital & Class, February 2011, 35: 139-141,

Review of 'Critical International Relations theory after 25 years, edited by Nicolas Rengger and Ben Thirkell-White', International Affairs, vol. 84, No. 3, May 2008, pp. 555-6.

Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise PhD projects in critical security studies and critical terrorism studies. I would also to be happy to supervise projects which more broadly use post-positivist theories and methods. I have expertise in the relationship between politics and security, Scotland and security, securitization theory, constructivism, critical theory and poststructuralism, and the works and methods of Michel Foucault.

If you are interested in being supervised by Andrew Neal, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics