Dr Adam Bower

Dr Adam Bower

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Researcher profile

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Research areas

Dr Adam Bower joined the School of International Relations as a Lecturer in October 2015. He is the Co-Director of the Centre for Global Law and Governance (with Dr Mateja Peter) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research at St Andrews.

Dr Bower’s research explores how international norms and multilateral treaties shape the behaviour of actors in the international system. Theoretically, he works primarily within the constructivist IR tradition and its intersection with processes of contestation and strategic action. Substantively, his work addresses questions of institutional change and efficacy specifically concerning conventional weapons disarmament, international justice (especially the International Criminal Court), and space governance.

Dr Bower previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College) and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow). Dr Bower received his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2012.

Further information on research and teaching can be found at his personal website: http://adam-bower.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/.

PhD supervision

  • Leo Nwoye
  • Robin El Kady
  • Haley Rice

Selected publications


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