Dr Megan Dee

Senior Lecturer

Politics D22 Pathfoot Building University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA

Dr Megan Dee

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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Programme Director for the BA (hons) International Politics programme at the University of Stirling . I take a keen interest in all things international politics, from big picture thinking around the nature of world order, great powers and polarity, to the finer details of EU politics and the particulars of global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. My research interests specifically center on the power, politics and performance of actors within international organisations, specialising particularly on the EU, and with special attention to the fields of nuclear non-proliferation/disarmament and trade. I have published extensively on EU performance in multilateral negotiations, particularly within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review negotiations and the WTO's multilateral trade negotiations. I am also an occasional media commentator on topics such as international security, diplomacy, foreign policy, trade negotiations, and the EU.

Prior to joining Stirling I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick where I worked on the FP-7 funded project Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR:EEN). My PhD is from the University of Glasgow.

My research is closely mirrored in my teaching where I aim to bring the outside international context into the classroom wherever possible through active learning methods like simulations or role-play exercises. I also advocate a strong employability focus in my teaching, with emphasis on the transferable skills helpful to a competitive international politics job market. In 2019 I received a student nominated RATE runner-up award for Innovation in Online Teaching as well as a Teaching Impact Award from the University of Stirling for my work on active learning simulations to mimic real world international negotiations.


Recognising and Advancing Teaching Excellence (RATE) Runner-Up Award for Innovation in Online Teaching

Teaching Impact Award

Awarded by the University of Stirling for excellence in teaching innovation.

Best Paper Prize, European Foreign Affairs Review

Best Paper Prize for the Paper 'The EU's Performance in the 2015 NPT Review Conference: What went wrong'

Event / Presentation

Clubs, Coalitions, and Contradictions in the Global Nuclear Order

Global Nuclear Order Working Group panel, British International Studies Association Conference, Glasgow, June 2023.

Brexit and the (Dis)United Kingdom
Roundtable hosted by the Centre for European and Transatlantic Studies at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA on 18 May 2021.

The NPT at 50
British International Studies Association virtual roundtable convened 10 June 2020.

WMD from a Geopolitical Perspective
Invited guest lecturer for the T.M.C Asser Institute's Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of WMD Training Programme, 19-23 September 2022 in the The Hague, Netherlands.

External Examiners and Validations

External Examiner, European and International Politics MSc, University of Stirling
University of Edinburgh


Other Academic Activities

P5 Young Professionals Network on Strategic Affairs (P5-YPN)
The P5-Young Professionals Network on Strategic Affairs (P5-YPN) aims to increase long-term interactions and enhance channels of communication between young professionals in the strategic communities of the P5 members to build mutual understanding of respective strategic cultures and contribute to the overarching objective of strategic risk reduction. The network is composed of 15 researchers and academics. Members of the network operate with no official mandate from the P5 allowing them to engage in exchanges of ideas and to present original research findings and analytic work at regular meetings of the network.

Other Project

Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations

Professional membership

British International Studies Association

Political Studies Association

The European Network of Independent Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Think Tanks

Trade and Public Policy Network

Professional qualification

Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

University Contribution

Member of Faculty of Arts and Humanities Athena Swan Working Group

Member of Faculty of Arts and Humanities Ethics Committee

Programme Director, International Politics

Research (1)

My research broadly addresses international performance, negotiation, and diplomacy in international politics. My ongoing research agenda concerns agency, role, performance, group dynamics and state and non-state actor networks within multilateral negotiation contexts, with special focus on global nuclear politics and diplomacy. My current research is particularly focused upon evaluating EU and post-Brexit UK policy and performance within the nuclear non-proliferation regime complex.

I also take a keen interest in the EU as a Global Actor, global trade politics, including the politics of the multilateral trading system and WTO, multilateral trade negotiations, and Brexit.


Networking nuclear research in Scotland and the UK
PI: Dr Megan Dee
Funded by: The Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Outputs (23)


Newspaper Article

Dee M (2018) US-UK 'Special Relationship is under threat. The Scotsman. 13.07.2018. https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/megan-dee-us-uk-special-relationship-is-under-threat-1-4768114#comments-area

Website Content

Dee M (2018) Getting to Yes: Media training to dispel the fear. University of Stirling Research and Innovation Blog [Blog post] 27.03.2018. https://researchandinnovationblog.stir.ac.uk/2018/03/27/getting-to-yes-media-training-to-dispel-the-fear/

Book Chapter

Dee M (2017) The EU in UN Disarmament Forums. In: Blavoukos S & Bourantonis D (eds.) The EU in UN Politics: Actors, Processes and Performances. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 165-186. http://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781349951512

Book Chapter

Dee M (2017) Standing together or doing the splits? Evaluating European Union Performance in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Negotiations. In: Tonra B, Young A & Whitman R (eds.) Foreign Policy of the European Union Volume 3: Core Foreign Policies. SAGE Library of International Relations. London: SAGE. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/foreign-policy-of-the-european-union-4v/book246135#contents

Book Chapter

Dee M (2015) The European Union and its performance in the NPT negotiations: Consistency, Change and Challenges. In: Blavoukos S, Bourantonis D & Portela C (eds.) The EU and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Strategies, Policies, Actions. The European Union in International Affairs. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 77-94. http://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781137378439



I am Programme Director for the BA (hons) International Politics programme.

I teach the following modules:


ICCPP26 (International Negotiation)
This module gives students a critical understanding of how conflict and dispute in the international arena is managed through the process and politics of international negotiation. Students will gain detailed insight into the board, players, stakes and moves of international negotiation and consider the ‘game’ of international negotiation across a variety of negotiation contexts and policy fields. Students will have an opportunity to explore the latest developments in current international negotiation, including through a practical simulation exercise, as well as the challenges now facing diplomacy, negotiation and decision-making in today’s contemporary world.

POLU9EX (The EU in International Politics)
This module engages students to evaluate the role, power and performance of the European Union in the international system. Students will explore how international relations theories can help explain the power and position of the EU as a global actor and empirically engage with the EU as an actor across diverse policy fields. Students will be able to critically analyse the EU’s exercise of global influence and apply that knowledge in evaluating the challenges the EU continues to face in a state-dominated system. In taking this module students will have the opportunity to study this unique global actor at one of the most challenging periods in its history – covering not just the BREXIT negotiations but the implications of that decision for the EU moving forward.

POLU9RM (Research Methods in Politics)
This team-taught module prepares students for undertaking a dissertation in Politics, International Politics or PPE. Students are introduced to research design, the literature review, and qualitative and quantitative approaches to analysing data.

POLU9TC (The EU in Times of Crisis)
This module engages you with the theory and practice of EU (dis)integration and decision-making in times of crisis. You will learn about the history of European integration, the crises that have shaped the EU’s development as an institution and actor, and the politics of crisis currently shaping EU decision-making. This module thus takes ‘crisis’ as a core point of focus. It considers how crisis has been addressed within the wider discipline of international politics, and how multiple crises ranging from the financial to political to legitimacy crises, have explicitly impacted the EU. Through case study analyses, you will critically evaluate the EU’s response to crisis across policy fields and issue areas ranging from finance, trade, migration, security, and the contentions surrounding the EU’s democratic deficit.

POLU9X3 (Understanding International Politics)
This module offers an introduction to the theories, concepts, actors, and issues that pervade the analysis and understanding of international politics in the contemporary world. The module begins by familiarising students with the mainstream international relations theories (realism, liberalism, constructivism), as well as core concepts such as power, agency, sovereignty and global governance. Students then turn their focus to global actors and the interactions of the major powers, the role of international organisations and international financial institutions, and non-state actors. After that students will address the world’s most pressing global issues facing today’s global actors including poverty and development, nuclear non-proliferation, environmental protection, and humanitarian intervention. It is a core aim of this module is to develop in students an appreciation of the dynamics of international politics; a mastery of basic concepts and approaches used in the analysis of international affairs as a precursor to more advanced study of international relations theory and practice; the ability to review and critique professional analysts of foreign affairs; and a comprehension of the motives behind and arguments used to explain actor behaviour in the international system.