Filippo Costa Buranelli, Lecturer


Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli got his MSc in International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his PhD in International Relations from King's College London. Prior to joining the School of IR he was Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant at King's College London and UCL.

Research areas

Dr Costa Buranelli's research interests include:

  • IR theory (especially the English School)
  • global governance and international organizations
  • regionalism and area studies (with a strong focus on Central Asia and the post-Soviet space).

His research looks at how norms, rules and institutions within international society are localized, understood and practiced in different regional contexts. Dr Buranelli's research has been published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Global Discourse, and the Journal of Eurasian studies. He has conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, and in particular Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.


Refereed journal articles

  • ‘Do you know what I mean? Not exactly! Global international society, regional international societies and the polysemy of institutions’, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought 5(3) (2015), pp. 499-514
  • ‘Knockin' on Heaven’s door: Russia, Central Asia and the mediated expansion of international society’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 42(3) (2014), pp. 817-836
  • ‘May we have a say? Central Asian states in the UN General Assembly’, Journal of Eurasian Studies 5(2) (2014), pp. 131-144

Refereed book chapters

  • ‘One Belt One Road and Central Asia: challenges and opportunities’, in Chenyu, Hehuang, Song (eds.), The Belt & Road Initiative in the Global Arena - Chinese and European Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2017)
  • ‘The State of the Art of the English School’, in RW Murray (ed.), System, Society and the World: Exploring the English School of International Relations, E-IR Edited Collections, 2016
  • ‘The English School and regions: theoretical and methodological considerations’, in A Karmazin (ed.), Regions in International Society – An English School Exploration at the Sub-Global Level, MUNI Press, 2014, pp. 22-43


Dr Buranelli teaches the following modules:

  • International Organizations and Regimes (BA Hons)
  • International Society and Central Asia (MLitt)

PhD supervision topics

Dr Buranelli is able to supervise research in the following topics:

  • international relations theory
  • the historical evolution of international society
  • international regimes
  • norms and institutions
  • global governance
  • Central Asia
  • regionalism.

Further information

Dr Costa Buranelli is Fellow at the Higher Education Academy, UK, and serves as Convenor of the ‘English School Working Group on Historical Regional International Societies’ hosted by the International Studies Association.