Dr Amanda Russell Beattie

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations / Director UG Programmes in Politics & International Relations / Member of the Aston Centre for Europe 

My research agenda focuses on the intersection of political theory and international political thought.  It engages with the idea of human vulnerability and how various aspects of moral institutional design, both historical and contemporary, address this problem in the wider theater of international politics.  Previous work has focused on the morality of natural law, which I remained interested in but I am also pursuing themes related, but not limited to, critical international theory.  I am also interested in pursuing research relating to the idea of global communities, citizenship, and maternal politics.  

Room: NW 810
Email: a.r.beattie@aston.ac.uk 
Phone: 0121 204 3080

  • 1998 B.A. (Hons) McGill University, Political Science
  • 2003 M.Litt. The University of St. Andrews, International Security Studies
  • 2007 Ph.D. The University of St. Andrews, International Relations


  • LP2001 The History of Political Thought
  • LP3146 Contemporary Political Theory
  • LP3022 Ethics and International Politics

Post Graduate

  • LPM016 Global Constitutionalism in a European Context
  • LPM026 Literature & International Ethics

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Beattie, A. R. 2013 “only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth”: natural law and international relations” Journal of international political theory Vol. 8, no. 3. 


  • Beattie, A. R. (ed.) & Schick, K. (ed.) 2012.  The vulnerable subject: beyond rationalism in international relations (Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Beattie, A. 2010.  Justice and morality: human suffering, natural law and international politics (Farnam, UK: Ashgate). 
  • Beattie, A., Lang, A. F. (ed.) 2008.  War, terrorism & torture: rethinking the rules of international security (Routledge). 

Chapter Contributions

  • Beattie, A. R. 2013.  “Augustine of Hippo, the Pilgrim Ethics and relational politics” in Realism, religion and international relations. Troy, J. (ed.). (Routledge, Routledge studies in religion and politics).
  • Beattie, A. R. & Schick, K. 2012 “Introduction” in The vulnerable subject: beyond rationalism in international relations Beattie, A. R. & Schick, K. (eds.). (Palgrave Macmillan) pp, 5-24.
  • Beattie, A. R. 2012.  “Vulnerability, moral luck and the morality of natural law” in The vulnerable subject: beyond rationalism in international relations in Beattie, A.R. & Schick, K. (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 69-98
  • Beattie, A. R. 2012 “Conclusion” in The vulnerable subject: beyond rationalism in international relations Beattie, A. R. & Schick, K. (eds.). (Palgrave Macmillan). 
  • Beattie, A.R. 2008.  “The ends of action: rules, trust & morality in international affairs” in Beattie, War, Terrorism & Torture: Rethinking the Rules of International Security. Lang, A.F. & A., Beattie (eds.) (Routledge). 


  • “Roger Ruston’s Human Rights and the Image of God Reviewed,” Politics and Ethics Review, Vol. 2, no. 2, 2006

Ongoing Work:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Beattie, A.R.  “The continuing relevance of Jacques Maritain:  Humanism of the Incarnation and International Political Theory”  (submit to Political Studies Review). 
  • Beattie, A.R.  “Natural Law and World Order: a relational interpretation of ‘the political’” (submit to International Political Sociology).
  • Beattie, A.R.  “Teleological Vulnerability: beyond stability, rationalism and universality in the construction of ‘the political’.”  (submit to The Review of International Studies)

Single Authored monographs

  • Vulnerability and being human: engaging with humanity in a global perpsective, manuscript proposal to be submitted to Cambridge University Press. 
  • Maternal Communities & maternal citizens: revisiting ‘the political’ in a contemporary age, manuscript proposal completed.

  • The Globe and Mail.  'Save the United Nations.' Letters to the Editor.  March 20, 2003.

  • CBC Radio One. Guest Speaker on The House, hosted by Anthony Germain.  March 23, 2002. 

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research