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Adam Humphreys

Adam Humphreys
  • Head of Department

Areas of interest

My principal research interests are in international relations theory and meta-theory, especially causation and causal explanation, realism and neo-realism, the English School, and the relationship between theory and history in international relations.

I also have research interests in British foreign and defence policy, strategy, and the ethics of war.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from research students working on international relations theory and/or meta-theory or on British foreign and defence policy.


I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then International Relations (MPhil and DPhil) at the University of Oxford. I then spent a further seven years in Oxford in a variety of teaching and research roles before joining the University of Reading in 2013.

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil International Relations, University of Oxford (2007)
  • MPhil International Relations, University of Oxford (2003)
  • BA (MA Oxon) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford (2001)

Awards and honours

I previously held significant research grants from the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy.


For more details about my research please see my page.


  • Humphreys, A. (2014) Realpolitik. In: Gibbons, M. , Coole, D. , Ellis, E. , Ferguson, K. , (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell , Chichester. ISBN: 9781405191296