Luke Botting

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International Relations (2019 Cohort)

I am an MPhil candidate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where I focus on the international normative discourse of racial justice. In particular, I explore how sub-state actors can effect normative change in international politics by means of global protest. My research engages primarily with the English School and applies it to contemporary events, including the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on international order. I have a background in and retain an interest in international security and strategic studies. My supervisor is Prof Eddie Keene.

I previously studied for an MA (Hons) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where I gained a first-class degree. I subsequently served as an officer in the Royal Air Force (putting IR into practice) where I was awarded the Sword of Honour of the RAF College as well as the BAe Systems Trophy and the Prince Bandar Award for academic merit. I have interned at the Ministry of Defence and worked at the UK’s Defence Academy. For a three-month stint, I was a barman at The Physician pub in Birmingham and can now pull a perfect pint.