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Dr Shannon Brincat

PhD Qld., BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)

  • Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • School of Law and Society
+61 7 5430 1193
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Shannon Brincat

Dr Shannon Brincat is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Shannon specialises in Critical International Relations Theory and his work focuses on processes of global transformation taking place over and above the state. In particular, he has examined how people have sought to expand the circle of inclusion in cosmopolitan political community through processes of mutual recognition and dialogue across borders in world politics. Other research areas include global responses to climate change and ecological crises, the problems of assassination and tyrannicide, and political imagination. His current major project focuses on dialectics – a unique form of thinking about transformation, interconnection and dialogue – and how different cultures and societies have utilised such knowledge across history. His book forthcoming, The Spiral World, shows how dialectical thinking can help us mediate the accelerating ecological and political challenges facing humanity today.

Since completing his PhD in 2011, Shannon has been a Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a Research Fellow at Griffith University. He has published widely, with two co- edited co-authored books and eight edited/journal symposia alongside over thirty articles and book chapters. Shannon's articles have appeared in journals such as the European Journal of International RelationsReview of International Studies, and Constellations. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Global Discourse and sits on the editorial board of Globalizations.

Professional memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • British International Studies Association
  • Australian Political Science Association
  • Association for Political Theory


  • Winner of the 2015 award for Best Theory Paper in International Relations, IR Theory Section, International Studies Association (US) for the paper ‘Hegel and the Dao’.

  • University of Queensland, Social and Behavioural Sciences Faculty Teaching Awards, Tutor Award, 2009
  • Deakin University, Arts Faculty Ambassador, 2004

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Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • International Relations Theory
  • Political Philosophy
  • Environmental politics and climate change
  • Dialectics

  • Critical Theory (social, political and IR)

Research grants

 Grant / Project name  Investigators  Funding body and A$ value  Year(s)

Focus (of research grant)

Tyrannicide in Classical Greece Shannon Brincat  

Griffith University New Researcher Grant

 2017 Assassination
Global Greenhouse Gas Tax and Draft Treaty Shannon Brincat  

Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, University of Helsinki, (28,308€ equivalent to $40,473.54 AUD)

 2010/2011 Climate change
Visiting Scholar - Aberystwyth University Shannon Brincat  University of Queensland Graduate School Research Travel Grant, A$5000  2009 Critical Theory

Research areas

  • International Relations Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Climate Change
  • Dialectics
  • Recognition
  • Tyranny and Tyrannicide
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Imagination and Utopianism

Teaching areas

  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Environmental Politics
  • Media and Politics
  • Forces of change in world politics
  • Justice Human Rights
  • International Security

Shannon Brincat specialist areas of knowledge include international relations theory, political philosophy, climate change adaptation, and dialectics.

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