Politics and International Relations

Dr Ruth Blakeley

BA (Bristol), MSc (Bristol), MRes (Bristol), PhD (Bristol)


Reader in International Relations,

Sub-Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Social Sciences  RuthBlakeley

Member of Conflict Analysis Research Centre

Member of Latin American Research Cluster


Room: Rutherford N4.E2
Tel: 01227 (82)4504

Ruth joined the School in 2007. Her research focuses on the use of state violence and state terrorism, particularly by liberal democratic states. She is behind The Rendition Project, which aims to bring together and analyse the huge amount of data that exists about rendition, secret detention and torture in the ‘War on Terror’. Described by the Guardian as ‘a groundbreaking research project which sheds unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations of recent years’, the Rendition Project has produced the Rendition Flights Database and Interactive Map which enables users to navigate their own way through the global rendition system.   

Ruth is the author of State Terrorism and Neoliberalism: The North in the South (London: Routledge, 2009), and has published articles on state terrorism and torture in various academic journals. She acted as academic consultant to investigative journalist John Pilger for his documentary War on Democracy, screened in UK cinemas and on ITV1 during 2007.

Ruth is interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of Human Rights, US foreign policy, Critical Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies.

Currently Ruth is the University of Kent's Aurora Champion for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s programme for developing women leaders in Higher Education. She is Associate Editor of the Journal Critical Studies on Terrorism and is Honorary Secretary to the Board of Trustees for the British International Studies Association (BISA), with responsibility for the annual BISA conference programme.

Follow Ruth on Twitter: @ruthblakeley



School of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 20/08/2014