Prof 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 a new intercultural theory of international relations.

Jörg’s latest book is on Hindu-Muslim Relations: What Europe Might Learn from India (2018). Coming from an increasingly multicultural and multi-religious Europe, he has worked on Muslim minorities and their relations with non-Muslim majorities in India and China.

Building on this, Jörg has now started investigating relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in England. 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 at the universities of Munich, Tübingen and Rome, 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.


Books and monographs

Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Hindu-Muslim Relations: What Europe Might Learn from India', London and New Delhi: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2008) 'Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation', London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2004) 'European Approaches to International Relations Theory: A House with Many Mansions', London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2000) 'Aufschlussreiche Rhetorik: Ein Versuch uber die Redekultur und ihren Verfall bei Thukydides', Wurzburg: Ergon

Journal articles and special issues

Friedrichs, Jörg (2021) 'Majority-Muslim Hate Crimes in England: An Interpretive Quantitative Analysis', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 41 (2) 215-32
Friedrichs, Jörg (2019) 'Explaining China’s popularity in the Middle East and Africa', Third World Quarterly 40 (9) 1634-54
Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Intermestic security challenges: managing transnational bonds', European Journal of International Security 3 (2) 162-86
Friedrichs, Jörg (2018) 'Outlandish Christendom: the Catholic Church in India and China', Journal of Church and State 60 (4) 681-704
Friedrichs, Jörg (2017) 'Sino-Muslim relations: The Han, the Hui and the Uyghurs', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 37 (1) 55-79
Friedrichs, Jörg (2016) 'Causal mechanisms and process patterns in international relations: thinking within and without the box', St Antony’s International Review 12 (1) 76-89
Friedrichs, Jörg (2014) 'Useful Lies: The Twisted Rationality of Denial', Philosophical Psychology 27 (2) 212-34
Friedrichs, Jörg (with Oliver R Inderwildi) (2013) 'The Carbon Curse: Are Fuel Rich Countries Doomed to High CO2 Intensities?', Energy Policy 62 1356-65
Friedrichs, Jörg (2013) 'Global Islamism and World Society', Telos 163 7-38
Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'East Asian Regional Security: What the ASEAN Family Can (Not) Do', Asian Survey 52 (4) 754-76
Friedrichs, Jörg (2011) 'Peak Energy and Climate Change: The Double Bind of Post-normal Science', Futures 43 (4) 469-77
Friedrichs, Jörg (with C Friedsendorf) (2009) 'The Mercenary Debate: Privatized Security Cripples State-building; Iraq is a Case in Point', The American Interest 4 (6) 43-8
Friedrichs, Jörg (with F Kratochwil) (2009) 'On Acting and Knowing: How Pragmatism Can Advance International Relations Research and Methodology', International Organization 63 (4) 701-31
Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'From Positivist Pretence to Pragmatist Awareness: Varieties of Pragmatic Methodology in IR Scholarship', International Studies Review 11 (3) pp 645-8
Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'The Meaning of New Medievalism', European Journal of International Relations 7 (4) 475-502
Friedrichs, Jörg (2001) 'International Relations Theory in France', Journal of International Relations and Development 4 (2) 118-37


Friedrichs, Jörg (2020) 'Papal Presence in East and South Asia: China, India and Beyond'. In Mariano P Barbato (ed) The Pope, the Public and International Relations: Postsecular Transformations , Palgrave Macmillan
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
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 67-92 , New York: Springer
Friedrichs, Jörg (2012) 'Peak Oil Futures: Same Crisis, Different Responses'. In Oliver Inderwildi, Sir David King (eds) Energy, Transport and the Environment pp 55-75 , London: Springer
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 176-97 , London and New York: Routledge
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
Friedrichs, Jörg (2009) 'Global Governance as Liberal Hegemony'. In J Whitman (ed) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses pp 105-22 , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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 pp 261-85 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2006) 'The Nordic Countries'. In K E Jorgensen, T B Knudsen (eds) International Relations in Europe: Traditions, Perspectives and Destinations pp 125-48 , London and New York: Routledge
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 pp 228-51 , London and New York: Routledge
Friedrichs, Jörg (2005) 'Global Governance as the Hegemonic Project of Transatlantic Civil Society'. In M Lederer, P Muller (eds) Criticizing Global Governance pp 45-68 , Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan
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 pp 3-36 , Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff

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 (ed) 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
14 February, 2012
Four ODID Academics Participate in Korea Foundation Seminar on Reforming Global Economic Governance
28 October, 2011
Joerg Friedrichs to be Visiting Faculty at Harvard Summer School


Research interests:

International relations; political sociology; Muslim-majority relations