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Prof Joerg Friedrichs

Associate Professor of Politics

Jörg Friedrichs is Associate Professor at the Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House) and Official Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. While his theoretical interest is concentrated in the fields of international relations and political sociology, he takes a broad transdisciplinary approach to academic research. 

Over the last few years, he has concentrated his work on the social and political aspects of climate change and energy scarcity (The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity, MIT Press, August 2013). He has also published articles on the twisted rationality of denial, security regionalism in East Asia, and pragmatic research methodology. His previous work was concentrated in the fields of international police cooperation, European approaches to international relations theory, and ancient Greek historiography.

Recently, Jörg has worked on global Islamism and cosmopolitan world society as rival globalization projects. Following up, he is now interested in the topic of situating Islam in a post-Western world. More specifically, he is interested in the quality and management of Chinese-Muslim, Indian-Muslim, and Russian-Muslim relations.

He finalized his study of Classics at the universities of Munich, Tübingen and Rome with a book on political rhetoric in the historiography of Thucydides (2000). His doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Munich led to a second book, on European approaches to international relations theory (2004). His postdoctoral research at International University Bremen was summarized in a third book, accounting for the preferences of large European states with regard to international police cooperation (2008).

In addition to his research monographs, Jörg has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as International Organization, Energy Policy, Asian Survey, and Philosophical Psychology. A full list of his publications is available here. A selection of recent publications is freely available for download here.

For more information, see his personal website.

Jörg Friedrichs teaches for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. He teaches an option on The Politics of Nongovernmental Organizations, and another on Religion in World Politics. Together with John Gledhill, he teaches a third option on Emerging Security Issues, as well as qualitative research methods.

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Books and Monographs

Friedrichs, Joerg (2013) The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity, Cambridge: MIT Press

Friedrichs, Joerg (2008) Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation, London and New York: Routledge (Monograph)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2004) European Approaches to International Relations Theory: A House with Many Mansions, London and New York: Routledge (Monograph)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2000) Aufschlussreiche Rhetorik: Ein Versuch uber die Redekultur und ihren Verfall bei Thukydides, Wurzburg: Ergon

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Friedrichs, Joerg (2014) 'Useful Lies: The Twisted Rationality of Denial', Philosophical Psychology 27 (2): 212-34 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2013) 'Global Islamism and World Society', Telos 163: 7-38 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (with Oliver R Inderwildi) (2013) 'The Carbon Curse: Are Fuel Rich Countries Doomed to High CO2 Intensities?', Energy Policy (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2012) 'East Asian Regional Security: What the ASEAN Family Can (Not) Do', Asian Survey 52 (4): 754-76 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2011) 'Peak Energy and Climate Change: The Double Bind of Post-normal Science', Futures 43(4): 469-77 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2010) 'Global Energy Crunch: How Different Parts of the World Would React to a Peak Oil Scenario', Energy Policy 38(8): 4562-69 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (with F Kratochwil) (2009) 'On Acting and Knowing: How Pragmatism Can Advance International Relations Research and Methodology', International Organization 63(4): 701-31 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2009) 'From Positivist Pretence to Pragmatist Awareness: Varieties of Pragmatic Methodology in IR Scholarship', International Studies Review 11(3): pp 645-8

Friedrichs, Joerg (with C Friedsendorf) (2009) 'The Mercenary Debate: Privatized Security Cripples State-building; Iraq is a Case in Point', The American Interest 4(6) : 43-8 (Download from external site)

Friedrichs, Joerg (2006) 'Defining the International Public Enemy: The Political Struggle Behind the Legal Debate on International Terrorism', Leiden Journal of International Law 19(1): 69-91

Friedrichs, Joerg (2003) 'What's New About the New Middle Ages?', Leiden Journal of International Law 16(3): 649-53

Friedrichs, Joerg (2001) 'The Meaning of New Medievalism', European Journal of International Relations 7(4): 475-502

Friedrichs, Joerg (2001) 'International Relations Theory in France', Journal of International Relations and Development 4(2): 118-37


Friedrichs, Joerg (forthcoming) 'Who Is Afraid of Thomas Malthus?'. In Michael J Manfredo, Jerry J Vaske and Andreas Rechkemmer (eds) Understanding Society and Natural Resources: Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences, New York: Springer

Friedrichs, Joerg (2012) 'Peak Oil Futures: Same Crisis, Different Response'. In Oliver Inderwildi, Sir David King (eds) Energy, Transport and the Environment, London: Springer: pp 55-75

Friedrichs, Joerg (with C Friesendorf) (2010) 'The Privatization of Force and its Consequences: Unintended but not Unpredictable'. In C Daase, C Friesendorf (eds) Rethinking Security Governance: The Problem of Unintended Consequences , London and New York: Routledge: 176-97

Friedrichs, Joerg (2010) 'What Do We Mean When We Say Substance Matters?'. In O Kessler, R Hall, C Lynch, N Onuf (eds) On Rules, Politics and Knowledge: Friedrich Kratochwil, International Relations and Domestic Affairs, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 74-83

Friedrichs, Joerg (with O Waever) (2009) 'Western Europe: Structure and Strategy at the National and Regional Levels'. In A B Tickner, O Waever (eds) International Relations Scholarship Around the World: Worlding Beyond the West, London and New York: Routledge: pp 261-85

Friedrichs, Joerg (2009) 'Global Governance as Liberal Hegemony'. In J Whitman (ed) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: pp 105-22

Friedrichs, Joerg (2006) 'The Nordic Countries'. In K E Jorgensen, T B Knudsen (eds) International Relations in Europe: Traditions, Perspectives and Destinations, London and New York: Routledge: pp 125-48

Friedrichs, Joerg (2006) 'When Push Comes to Shove: The Territorial Monopoly of Force and the Travails of Neomedieval Europe'. In M Burgess, H Vollaard (eds) State Territoriality and European Integration, London and New York: Routledge: pp 228-51

Friedrichs, Joerg (2005) 'Global Governance as the Hegemonic Project of Transatlantic Civil Society'. In M Lederer, P Muller (eds) Criticizing Global Governance, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan: pp 45-68

Friedrichs, Joerg (2005) 'Politiche Nazionali a Confronto: Germania e Regno Unito'. In G Vacca (ed) Dalla Convenzione alla Costituzione, Bari: Dedalo: pp 253-67

Friedrichs, Joerg (2004) 'The Neomedieval Renaissance: Global Governance and International Law in the New Middle Ages'. In I F Dekker, W G Werner (eds) Governance and International Legal Theory, Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff: pp 3-36

Other Publications

Friedrichs, Joerg (2006) 'New Medievalism'. In J A Scholte, R Robertson (eds) Encylopedia of Globalization Vol 3, London and New York: Routledge: pp 873-75


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St Cross College

International relations; political sociology; Islam in world politics; energy scarcity; climate change.

Personal Website

International Development: increasing well-being and reducing inequality in global society