Dr Grant Dawson

Assistant Professor in Social Science & International Politics

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20002021

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ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5384-2098

Current research projects

- The Canada-Saudi Arabia diplomatic clash of 2017-20. The planned article will link this specific instance of diplomatic conflict with its large significance - Trump’s U.S., status theory, and changing world order AKA ‘global shift’

- British foreign policy to the international military intervention in Libya in 2011. The planned article will bring together classical realist theory, status theory and the related concept of revenge, to examine the UK’s motives and actions.

- Articles in development on the transnational politics of the Canadian provinces since 1945. The first article will discuss the ‘rules’ under which Canadians provinces engage internationally and when and how the rules can be broken.

- Articles in development combining psychology, classical realism, and counterfactuals to develop a new theory of intervention. This new theory will be tested in separate articles on specific cases, in the first instance to the Libya intervention of 2011.

Expertise summary

International military intervention

Classical realism

Status theory

Transnational politics / paradiplomacy

British and Canadian foreign policy

Case study and process tracing research methods

Personal profile

Grant joined the School of International Studies as assistant professor in 2014. During Autumn Semester 2019 and Academic Year 2020-21, he was acting Head of School, leading the School though eventful times. Grant has published a book (Here is Hell: Canada’s Engagement in Somalia – UBC Press, 2007) and articles in Canadian and UK professional journals. He has been a visiting scholar at the respected Fudan University (2017). Grant has also enjoyed fund-raising success, winning funds for research trips and projects, such as a Shanghai workshop from the Birmingham-Nottingham Strategic Collaboration Fund. Prior to becoming a UNNC faculty member, Grant was deputy director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies, an integral part of the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2009-2014). He was an international relations and history lecturer at Carleton University (2006-2009) and Aberystwyth University (2011-12), and visiting scholar at Xiamen University (2012). 

Teaching

  • INTS1019: DIPLOMACY
  • INTS4015 CONTEMPORARY SECURITY: STATES AND PEOPLE
  • INTS2035: RISK ANALYSIS (Module Convenor)
  • FHSS PhD RESEARCH METHODS 

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