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Research interests

International relations; political sociology; Muslim-majority relations

Jörg Friedrichs

Associate Professor of Politics

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 OrganizationInternational 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.

Doctoral supervision

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.

  • Chapters

    Friedrichs, 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 : 197-211
    Friedrichs, 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 : 97-117
    Friedrichs, 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 : 115-31
    Friedrichs, 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 : 67-92
    Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'Peak Oil Futures: Same Crisis, Different Responses ', In Oliver Inderwildi, Sir David King (eds) Energy, Transport and the Environment London: Springer : pp 55-75
    Friedrichs, 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 : 74-83
    Friedrichs, 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 : 176-97
    Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'Global Governance as Liberal Hegemony ', In J Whitman (eds) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan : pp 105-22
    Friedrichs, 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 261-85
    Friedrichs, 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 125-48
    Friedrichs, 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 228-51
    Friedrichs, 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 45-68
    Friedrichs, 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 entries

    Friedrichs, 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 publications

    Friedrichs, 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: Campus
    Friedrichs, Jörg (2005) 'Politiche Nazionali a Confronto: Germania e Regno Unito ', In G Vacca (eds) Dalla Convenzione alla Costituzione Bari: Dedalo : pp 253-67
    Friedrichs, Jörg (2003) 'What's New About the New Middle Ages? ', Leiden Journal of International Law 16(3) : 649-53
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