Stephen is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Programme Director for the MA Degree in International Relations. He joined the Department in September 2003. He lectures on international political economy, the political economy of South Africa and international development.
- U23175: International Development (level 6)
- U23183: South African Politics: from Apartheid to Democracy (level 6)
- P23101: International Relations in Theory and Practice
- P23104: International Development
Stephen has broad research interests in international political economy and development, especially with regard to Africa. More specific interests are in the political economy of post-apartheid South Africa, the trade and development policies of the European Union and critical international political economy.
- 2013-16 Economic and Social Research Council, Co-Investigator, Seminar Series on 'British Africa policy after Labour: Coalition, austerity, continuity and change'. Awarded £26,956 (Ref: ES/L000725/1).
- 2006 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant to attend the International Studies Association 45th Annual Convention in San Diego. Awarded £500 (Ref: OCG-41945).
Stephen has supervised the following PhD students to completion:
- Duncan Green 'Active Citizens and Effective States: Definitions and Interactions - A Critical Review' (2010, PhD by Publication)
- Miguel Otero-Iglesias 'The Euro vs. the Dollar in the Political Economy of Global Monetary Governance: Perceptions from the Financial Elites in China, the GCC and Brazil' (2011)
- Abilene Pitt 'New Forms of Power in the World Bank's Post-Washington Consensus Development Policies: Understanding the application of the Comprehensive Development Framework to context specific lending strategies for Argentina 2000-2010' (2016)
He is also currently supervising another doctoral student in the department.
He is keen to supervise promising research students and would particularly welcome projects on South African Politics, South African Foreign Policy, European Union Development and Trade Policy and African Development.
Education and work
- 2002-2003 Nottingham Trent University, Lecturer (0.5) in International Relations.
- 2000-2003 University of Birmingham, Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy.
- 1996-2000 University of Warwick, Taught on Introduction to Politics, Theories of IR and Politics of Developing Areas modules.
- 1995-1999 University of Warwick, PhD in Politics and International Studies. Thesis title: Meeting the Challenges of Past and Present: Post-Apartheid South Africa's Reintegration into the Global Political Economy, 1994-1997.
- 1994-1995 University of Southampton, MSc in International Relations.
- 1990-1993 University of Southampton, BSc in Economics and Politics.
Stephen is a member of the International Studies Association, British International Studies Association, Chatham House and the African Studies Association of the UK.
- Journal articles
- Book chapters
- (2009) Special Issue of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 402 with William Brown, Sophie Harman, Donna Lee and Karen Smith. Includes 'Editorial: New Directions in International Relations and Africa', pp. 263-267.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2016) 'The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with Africa: ‘Decent Work’ and the challenge of trade union solidarity', Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 547-562.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2016) 'What's Left of 'the Left' in Post-Apartheid South Africa?', Capital & Class
- Stephen R. Hurt (2014) 'The Congress of South African Trade Unions and Free Trade: Obstacles to Transnational Solidarity', Globalizations, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 95-105. Also republished in Andreas Bieler, Bruno Ciccaglione, John Hilary & Ingemar Lindberg (eds) (2014), Free Trade and Transnational Labour, London: Routledge.
- Stephen R. Hurt, Donna Lee and Ulrike Lorenz-Carl (2013) 'The Argumentative Dimension to the EU-Africa EPAs', International Negotiation, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 67-87.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2012) 'The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations: 'locking in' the neoliberal development model in southern Africa?', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 495-510.
- Stephen R. Hurt, Karim Knio and J. Magnus Ryner (2009) 'Social Forces and the Effects of (Post)-Washington Consensus Policy in Africa: Comparing Tunisia and South Africa', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 98, No. 402, pp. 301-317.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2007) 'Mission Impossible: A Critique of the Commission for Africa', Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 355-368.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2003) 'Co-operation and coercion? The Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and ACP states and the end of the Lomé Convention', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 161-176.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2000) 'A Case of Economic Pragmatism? The European Union's Trade and Development Agreement with South Africa', International Relations, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 67-83.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2013) 'African agency in world trade undermined? The case of bilateral relations with the European Union' in William Brown and Sophie Harman (eds), African Agency in International Politics, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 49-64.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2006) 'Civil Society and European Union Development Policy' in Marjorie Lister and Maurizio Carbone (eds), New Pathways in International Development: Gender and Civil Society in EU Policy, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 109-122.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2006) 'Post-Apartheid South Africa and the European Union: Integration over Development?' in Donna Lee, Ian Taylor and Paul D. Williams (eds), The New Multilateralism in South African Diplomacy, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 100-117.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2004) 'The European Union's external relations with Africa after the Cold War: Aspects of continuity and change' in Ian Taylor and Paul Williams (eds), Africa in International Politics: External involvement on the continent, London: Routledge, pp. 155-173.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2017) 'UK-Africa Trade Within and Outside of the European Union: From Lomé to Brexit' in All Party Parliamentary Group for Africa, The Future of Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period, London: Royal African Society.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2010) Entries for 'Apartheid', 'International Labor Organization (ILO)', 'Newly Industrializing Countries', Nontariff Barriers to Trade', 'North-South Relations' in George Thomas Kurian et. al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Political Science, Washington: CQ Press.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2006) Entries for 'Poverty Reduction', 'Third World Debt', 'Washington Consensus', 'World Bank', 'World Development Indicators' 'World Trade Organization' in Mark Bevir (ed), Encyclopedia of Governance, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2010) 'Understanding EU Development Policy: history, global context and self-interest?', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 159-168. Also republished in Wil Hout (ed) (2013), EU Strategies on Governance Reform: Between Development and State-building, London: Routledge.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2016) 'Why African States Are Refusing to Sign On to EU Trade Deals', World Politics Review, 9 November.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2014) 'EU Trade Deal Limits EAC's Options for Future Trade Policy', World Politics Review, 17 November.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2014) 'A big election win for South Africa's ANC, but results suggest future challenges', The Conversation, 10 May.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2014) 'Pressure Mounts as Deadline for EU-Africa Trade Talks Looms', World Politics Review, 14 April.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2013) 'Why South Africa has ripped up foreign investment deals', The Conversation, 17 December.
- Stephen R. Hurt (2005) 'Trade agreements between Europre and Africa', Pambazuka News, No. 231
Stephen was interviewed live on BBC Radio Oxford on 1 July 2005 about the forthcoming G8 Summit in Gleneagles. In November 2010 Stephen was interviewed for the World Politics Review website about EU-South Africa relations. In March 2014 he took part in a discussion on EU trade and development policy for Radio Študent who are based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.