Lecturer in International Relations & International Political Theory

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Pillars: rights and ethics; environment and migration

Keywords: forced migration; human rights; citizenship; protest and resistance; responsibility; justice


Natasha completed an ESRC-funded PhD in International Relations in the School in 2015, and joined the School as a Lecturer in January 2017. Her research sits at the intersection of global politics and political theory, focusing on contemporary social and political thought as a framework for analysing pressing global issues around rights and justice. Natasha has a particular interest in forced migration, borders and citizenship, and how the activism of irregularised migrants both challenges and constructs forms of belonging in contemporary politics. While primarily theoretical, her work draws substantively on the history and development of international and regional law and governance of migration, including International Refugee Law and International Human Rights Law.


Saunders, Natasha. 2020. “International Law: Its Promise and Limits.” In P. Gratton and Y. Sari, eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to Arendt. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Saunders, Natasha and Patrick Hayden. 2019. “Solidarity at the Margins: Arendt, Refugees, and the Inclusive Politics of World-Making.” In K. Hiruta, ed. Arendt on Freedom, Liberation, and Revolution, 171-199. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Saunders, Natasha. 2018. “Beyond Asylum Claims: Refugee Protest, Responsibility, and Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The International Journal of Human Rights 22 (7): 847-868

Saunders, Natasha. 2018. International Political Theory and the Refugee Problem. New York: Routledge.

Saunders, Natasha. 2014. “Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the ‘Shift’ to Securitisation of Refugee Protection.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 33 (3): 69-92.

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