Dr Stephen Hurt BSc MSc PhD (Warwick)

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

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).

Research Students

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.


  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Other


Edited volumes

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • 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.



Encyclopedia Entries

  • 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.

Review Articles

Online Publications


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.