Jörg Friedrichs is Associate Professor at ODID and Official Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Taking a broad transdisciplinary approach to academic research, his main interests are in the fields of international relations and political sociology. Among other things, he has proposed an intercultural theory of international relations and a theory about the political use of emotions like fear and anger.
In recent years, Jörg has taken an interest in relations between Muslim minorities and non-Muslim majorities. He has published a book on Hindu-Muslim Relations: What Europe Might Learn from India (2019). In the context of the same project, Jörg has also published on Han-Muslim relations in China. Subsequently, Jörg has started investigating community relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in English inner cities. His focus is on community relations in a diverse set of urban neighbourhoods in East London, Birmingham and Halifax (West Yorkshire).
Jörg has studied Classics in Germany and Italy, finishing with a book on political rhetoric in the work of the ancient Greek historian Thucydides (2000). His doctoral studies in Political Science at Munich led to another book on European Approaches to International Relations Theory (2004). His postdoctoral research led to a third book, Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation (2008). His fourth book was The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity (2013).
Jörg has published on other topics ranging from denial and self-deception to security regionalism in East Asia and from pragmatic research methodology to China’s popularity in the Middle East and Africa. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as International Organization, International Theory, Third World Studies, and Philosophical Psychology.
Jörg Friedrichs teaches for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. He teaches a seminar on Religion in World Politics and contributes to the foundation course on Global Governance and Diplomacy. He also teaches Qualitative Research Methods.
Jörg is keen to supervise research in international relations and political sociology. He takes special interest in work on religion and world politics, as well as Muslim-majority relations.
Books and monographsFriedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Hindu-Muslim Relations: What Europe Might Learn from India ', London and New Delhi: RoutledgeFriedrichs, Jörg (2013) 'The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity ', Cambridge: MIT PressFriedrichs, Jörg (2008) 'Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation ', London and New York: RoutledgeFriedrichs, Jörg (2004) 'European Approaches to International Relations Theory: A House with Many Mansions ', London and New York: RoutledgeFriedrichs, Jörg (2000) 'Aufschlussreiche Rhetorik: Ein Versuch uber die Redekultur und ihren Verfall bei Thukydides ', Wurzburg: Ergon
Journal articles and special issuesFriedrichs, Jörg (2023) ' Ethnic segregation in schools: a study of non-decision making ', Journal of Education Policy 38 (3) : 1024-1043Friedrichs, Jörg (with Niklas Stoehr, Giuliano Formisano )(2022) 'Fear-anger contests: Governmental and populist politics of emotion ', Online Social Networks and MediaFriedrichs, Jörg (2021) 'Majority-Muslim Hate Crimes in England: An Interpretive Quantitative Analysis ', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 41 (2) : 215-32Friedrichs, Jörg (2019) 'Explaining China’s popularity in the Middle East and Africa ', Third World Quarterly 40 (9) : 1634-54Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Intermestic security challenges: managing transnational bonds ', European Journal of International Security 3 (2) : 162-86Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Outlandish Christendom: the Catholic Church in India and China ', Journal of Church and State 60 (4) : 681-704Friedrichs, Jörg (2017) 'Sino-Muslim relations: The Han, the Hui and the Uyghurs ', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 37 (1) : 55-79Friedrichs, Jörg (2016) 'Causal mechanisms and process patterns in international relations: thinking within and without the box ', St Antony’s International Review 12 (1) : 76-89Friedrichs, Jörg (2016) 'An intercultural theory of international relations: how self-worth underlies politics among nations ', International Theory 8 (1) : 63-96Friedrichs, Jörg (2014) 'Useful Lies: The Twisted Rationality of Denial ', Philosophical Psychology 27 (2) : 212-34Friedrichs, Jörg (2013) 'Global Islamism and World Society ', Telos 163 : 7-38Friedrichs, Jörg (with Oliver R Inderwildi )(2013) 'The Carbon Curse: Are Fuel Rich Countries Doomed to High CO2 Intensities? ', Energy Policy 62 : 1356-65Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'East Asian Regional Security: What the ASEAN Family Can (Not) Do ', Asian Survey 52 (4) : 754-76Friedrichs, Jörg (2011) 'Peak Energy and Climate Change: The Double Bind of Post-normal Science ', Futures 43 (4) : 469-77Friedrichs, Jörg (2010) 'Global Energy Crunch: How Different Parts of the World Would React to a Peak Oil Scenario ', Energy Policy 38 (8) : 4562-69Friedrichs, Jörg (with F Kratochwil )(2009) 'On Acting and Knowing: How Pragmatism Can Advance International Relations Research and Methodology ', International Organization 63 (4) : 701-31Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'From Positivist Pretence to Pragmatist Awareness: Varieties of Pragmatic Methodology in IR Scholarship ', International Studies Review 11 (3) : pp 645-8Friedrichs, Jörg (with C Friedsendorf )(2009) 'The Mercenary Debate: Privatized Security Cripples State-building; Iraq is a Case in Point ', The American Interest 4 (6) : 43-8Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'Defining the International Public Enemy: The Political Struggle Behind the Legal Debate on International Terrorism ', Leiden Journal of International Law 19 (1) : 69-91Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'The Meaning of New Medievalism ', European Journal of International Relations 7 (4) : 475-502Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'International Relations Theory in France ', Journal of International Relations and Development 4 (2) : 118-37
ChaptersFriedrichs, Jörg (2022) 'Thinking on time: How scholarly praxis can sustain, subvert and transform social reality ', In Gunther Hellmann, Jens Steffek (eds) Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics Bristol University Press : 197-211Friedrichs, Jörg (2020) 'Papal Presence in East and South Asia: China, India and Beyond ', In Mariano P Barbato (eds) The Pope, the Public and International Relations: Postsecular Transformations Palgrave Macmillan : 97-117Friedrichs, Jörg (2019) 'Escapology, or how to escape Malthusian traps ', In John Brewer, Neil Fromer and Frank Trentman (eds) Scarcity in the Modern World: History, Politics, Society and Sustainability, 1800-2075 Bloomsbury : 115-31Friedrichs, Jörg (2014) 'Who's Afraid of Thomas Malthus? ', In Michael J Manfredo, Jerry J Vaske, Andreas Rechkemmer and Esther A Duke (eds) Understanding Society and Natural Resources: Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences New York: Springer : 67-92Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'Peak Oil Futures: Same Crisis, Different Responses ', In Oliver Inderwildi, Sir David King (eds) Energy, Transport and the Environment London: Springer : pp 55-75Friedrichs, Jörg (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 : 74-83Friedrichs, Jörg (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 : 176-97Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'Global Governance as Liberal Hegemony ', In J Whitman (eds) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan : pp 105-22Friedrichs, Jörg (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 London and New York: Routledge : pp 261-85Friedrichs, Jörg (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 125-48Friedrichs, Jörg (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 228-51Friedrichs, Jörg (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 45-68Friedrichs, Jörg (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
Encyclopedia entriesFriedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'New Medievalism ', In J A Scholte, R Robertson (eds) Encylopedia of Globalization Vol 3 London and New York: Routledge : pp 873-75
Other publicationsFriedrichs, Jörg (2013) 'Sinn und Zweck der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation: von ontologischer Unsicherheit zu sozioökologischer Resilienz ', In Christopher Daase, Stefan Engert and Julian Junk (eds) Verunsicherte Gesellschaft, Überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur Frankfurt: CampusFriedrichs, Jörg (2005) 'Politiche Nazionali a Confronto: Germania e Regno Unito ', In G Vacca (eds) Dalla Convenzione alla Costituzione Bari: Dedalo : pp 253-67Friedrichs, Jörg (2003) 'What's New About the New Middle Ages? ', Leiden Journal of International Law 16(3) : 649-53