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Matthew Rendall

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Matthew Rendall is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. His earlier research focused on large-scale war and peace, including such topics as nuclear deterrence, whether there is a 'separate peace' among democracies, and collective security. This work often tested theories of war and peace through historical case studies, often drawing on original historical research. More recently he has also been writing about intergenerational justice, climate change and various topics in moral philosophy.

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Teaching Summary

This autumn I am team-teaching first- and second-year IR and political theory. In the spring, I'll teach an MA seminar called 'When Does Russia Expand, and Why?' and a third-year module on climate… read more

Research Summary

My recent work has dealt either with intergenerational justice or with IR theory. 'Discounting, Climate Change and the Ecological Fallacy'--recently published in *Ethics*--proposes an approach to… read more

Recent Publications

PhD Supervision:

All areas of current research interest. More generally, I would be glad to supervise dissertations on the causes of war and peace, climate ethics and intergenerational justice.

PhD Students Supervised

Li Hak Yin, 'The Discrepancy of Chinese Foreign Policy, and its Implications Towards the World Order'

Poberezhskaya , Marianna, 'Contemporary media and the construction of anthropogenic climate change in the Russian Federation'

Gulnara Shalpykova, 'The Syr Darya River Basin: Cooperation under the Intractable Riparian Dilemma'

PhD Students Recently Completed

Kunal Mukherjee, 'From Pakistan to Londonistan: The Rise of a Home Grown Islamic Militancy in the UK'

This autumn I am team-teaching first- and second-year IR and political theory. In the spring, I'll teach an MA seminar called 'When Does Russia Expand, and Why?' and a third-year module on climate ethics.

Current Research

My recent work has dealt either with intergenerational justice or with IR theory. 'Discounting, Climate Change and the Ecological Fallacy'--recently published in *Ethics*--proposes an approach to intergenerational justice that takes due heed of the risk of catastophe while avoiding unreasonably demanding obligations to the future. At present, I'm working on a pair of papers: one on neorealism and theories of natural selection, and the other on the rise of Russophobia in 1830s Britain and the parallels with the present.

Past Research

My dissertation evaluated competing explanations for the long European peace after 1815 through an analysis of Russia's Near Eastern policy, drawing on extensive research in Moscow's archives. I remain interested in the Concert of Europe and Russian foreign policy. ''Defensive realism and the Concert of Europe', appearing in The Review of International Studies in 2006, attacks John Mearsheimer's The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, arguing that defensive realism gives a better account of the long peace after 1815. I have also written about the Belgian crisis of 1830-32 and the Anglo-French crisis of 1840, and their implications for collective security and democratic peace theory.

Future Research

I have several projects going: on the security dilemma and Russian autocracy, on neorealism and natural selection, and to develop a consequentialist justification for Hans Jonas's imperative of responsibility.

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