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Dr Alex Sutton

Senior Lecturer in International Relations | 01243 816267

Dr. Sutton was appointed Senior Lecturer in International Relations in January 2016. Previously, he has taught at the University of Warwick, the University of St Andrews and Kingston University. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies, as well as an MA in International Relations, from the University of Warwick, and an MA(Hons) from the University of St Andrews.

My research is interdisciplinary, situated in both International Political Economy and British History. My research to date has focused on twentieth-century British imperialism and how scholars can better understand this topic through a critical reappraisal of imperialism as a theory, and close analysis of specific relationships within the British Empire. I have recently begun work on a new monograph that analyses the ill-fated and catastrophic Groundnut Scheme in post-war Tanganyika. I am also working on a number of papers on the subjects of depoliticisation, satire and British politics, and the Turner thesis.



  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Policies of Major Powers
  • The Politics of East Asia
  • Britain and the Global Economy



‘The Political Economy of Imperial Relations: Britain, the Sterling Area, and Malaya 1945-1960’; Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge Imperial and Postcolonial Studies series (2015)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

‘Marxism and Imperialism’ in Saer Ba & Immanuel Ness (eds.); The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism; Palgrave Macmillan (2015)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

‘British Imperialism and the Political Economy of Malayan Independence’; Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2016)

[Co-author Pinar Donmez] ‘Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxist Perspectives’; British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2016)

[Co-author Steven Kettell] ‘New Imperialism: Towards a Holistic Approach’; International Studies Review 15:2 (2013)

‘Towards an Open Marxist Theory of Imperialism’; Capital and Class 37:2 (2013)

PHD Supervision

I would be happy to supervise students on the following broad themes: International Political Economy; British Politics; Marxist thought; Imperialism and Imperial History