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Véronique was recently awarded the Faculty of Humanities Students’ Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Social Sciences 2018/19, was nominated as a University of Manchester Humanities Outstanding Lecturer in 2017, received a University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and was awarded the Crick Main Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the Political Studies Association in 2006. 


Véronique currently convenes and lectures on POLI10601 Introduction to International Politics, POLI30321 Ethical Issues in World Politics, POLI70451 Ethics in World Politics and provides the School of Social Sciences Politics Pre-University course for 6th form students in and around the Manchester area. She also contributes to the Manchester Leadership Programme.


  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Comparative Religion University of Manchester,
  • MA (Distinction) University of East Anglia,
  • PhD University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Research interests


Specific research interests:

Veronique's research is informed by what she calls a "grammatical reading" - an application of the philosophy of the later Wittgenstein to world politics. Within the context of world politics she grammatically reads ethics, subjectivity (including humanism and posthumanism), cosmopolitanism, universality, love and ethics, gender, human rights and International Relations theory.

Her most recent publications are:

2016a. "Writing narrative as ethics and philosophy in International Relations: Reflections on a difficulty in writing a research monograph" Journal of Narrative Poltiics, 3(1): http://jnp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/default/article/view/60/67

2016b. "Seeing humanity anew: Grammatically reading liberal cosmopolitanism." In Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism, edited by Tamara Caraus and Elena Paris. Abingdon: Routledge.

2016c. "Dissolutions of the Self." In Narrative Global Politics, edited by Elizabeth Dauphinée and Naeem Inayatullah, 25-34. Abingdon: Routledge.

2016d. "(Im)possible Universalism: Remarks on the Politics and Ethics of Grammar." E-International Relations. http://www.e-ir.info/2016/07/29/impossible-universalism-remarks-on-the-politics-and-ethics-of-grammar/.

2016e. "Afterword: The horror of love." In Anaesthesia, edited/curated by Valentina Abenavoli, London: Akina Books. [Photobook]

Current research projects:

Veronique 's latest article is  "What's love got to do with it?: Emotions, Ethics and Encounter in International Relations" forthcoming in the Review of International Studies. This is part of a series of publications which constitutes a larger research project on love in global politics. She is also addressing the implications of the work of Stanley Cavell for International Relations.

PhD students awarded

PhD students:


1. Andrew Slack (2008 - 2016) Awarded December 2016. ‘Doing Something’ about Modern Slavery: Scenes of Responsibility, Practices of Hospitality. Co-supervised with Maja Zehfuss. School of Social Sciences Scholarship.
2. Rachel Massey (2011-2016). Awarded October 2016. 'Leaky Bodies': Critical Reflections on contemporary framings of conflict based sexual violence in Congo (DRC). ESRC Quota Award. Co-supervised with Cristina Masters. 
3. Thomas Tyerman (2012 - 2016). Awarded January 2017. Border struggles: segregation, migrant solidarity and ethical politics in everyday life. ESRC Quota Award. Co-supervised with Cristina Masters
4. Kathryn Starnes (2008-2015). Awarded May 2015. Fairy Tales, Textbooks and Social Science: A Folklorist Reading. Co-supervised with Cristina Masters.
5. Roisin Read (2009-2013). Awarded December 2013. Grammatically Reading Oxfam's Pracitices of Relief and Reconstruction in South Sudan. Co-supervised with Tim Jacoby.
6. Julia Welland (2009-2013). Awarded November 2013. Masculinity and Violence in the British Military. Co-supervised with Cristina Masters.
7. Rebecca Ehata (2009-2013). Awarded September 2013. Migrant Belonging in IR: Tracing the Reflection of IR's Autochthonous Foundations in British Housing Discourse. Co-supervised with Peter Lawler
8. Nanci Hogan MPhil (2005-2013). Awarded June 2013. The Implications of a Politics of Natality for the Praxis of Peacebuilding in the Middle East. Co-supervised with Angelia Wilson.
9. Katherine Allison (2005 -2009). Awarded November 2009. US military intervention in Afghanistan and women's rights. University scholarship. Primary supervisor.
10. Kelly Staples (2003- 2008). Awarded May 2008. Justice, Community and Membership: Revisiting Statelessness in International Political Theory. Sole supervisor.
11. Robin Redhead (2002-2007): Awarded February 2007. Reading the Visual: Gender, Human Rights and International Relations. Sole supervisor.
12. Simona Rentea (2002- 2007). Awarded January 2007. The Limits of the Weberian State in International Relations Theory. . Co-supervised with Peter Lawler..
13. A.P.A Hutchinson (2000-2005): Awarded December 2005. Philosophy and the Emotion of Shame.  Co-supervised with Harry Lesser (Philosophy).

PhD supervision current

Supervision areas:

Veronique is especially interested in supervising PhDs on grammatical readings of IR, ethics, universality, post-foundational cosmopolitanism, posthumanism, love and ethics in IR, emotions in IR, the discursive constructions of ethical possibility in world politics, articulations of danger and ethics, sovereignty and subjectivity and resistance.

Research students:

In progress

1. Rahima Siddique (2015 - Present). Masculinities and Radicalization: A Critical Enquiry into Gender, Violence and Extremism in the Radicalization Process in the 21st Century. ESRC Quota Award. Co-supervised with Cristina Masters.


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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