Michael Magcamit

Michael Magcamit


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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am keen on supervising prospective PhD students who are interested in doing research on the following thematic subjects (with specialist focus on Asia-Pacific):

Ethnoreliogious Otherings, Violent Conflicts, and Affective Peacebuilding
The Security Politics and Political Economy of International Trade
Populism, Securitisation, and Foreign Policy
Affect, Religion, and Nationalism

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Personal profile


Hello! I’m Michael Magcamit, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global Politics at The University of Manchester in the UK. Before joining Manchester, I was a Lecturer in Security Studies at the University of Leicester and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Queen Mary University of London. Prior to moving to the UK, I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Musashi University in Tokyo, Japan, where I convened International Relations modules on a joint program between the University of London (LSE) and Musashi.

My research and teaching interests sit at the intersections of Critical International Security, Conflict, Development, and Foreign Policy Studies with a specialist focus on the Asia-Pacific. 

My research projects on affect and conflicts and the security politics of international trade have been funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Program and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, respectively.  My work has also been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, International Politics, Political Science, and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, among others. 

I am also the author of two books, Ethnoreligious Otherings and Passionate Conflicts (Oxford University Press 2022) and Small Powers and Trading Security (Palgrave/Springer 2016). 

I currently teach the following courses at Manchester:

Lead convener: POLI70401 Graduate Seminar in IR Theory

Co-convener: POLI20521 Questions in Global Politcs

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Affect and Emotions Studies
  • Populism and Securitisation
  • Asia-Pacific


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