I am a 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'
My research broadly addresses international performance, negotiation, diplomacy and decision-making in international politics, with particular interest in the European Union as a global actor.
My current research is focused upon the evaluation of actor (group and individual state) performances within international organisations, including how critical and sociological approaches to performance and performativity can be uiltilsed in the development of a normative-based framework of analysis.
Complementary to my research on international performance, I have an ongoing research agenda in global nuclear politics and diplomacy. That research focuses particularly on group politics and networks within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), with special interest in the EU.
I also take a keen interest in global trade politics, including the politics of the multilateral trading system and WTO, the EU as a global trade power, Brexit, and dynamics associated with 'trade wars'.
Dee M (2020) Group Dynamics and Interplay in UN Disarmament Forums. In: Laatikainen K & Smith K (eds.) Group Politics in UN Multilateralism. Diplomatic Studies, 16. Leiden: Brill | Nijhoff, pp. 177-195. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004384446_011
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/
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
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
Dee M & Smith KE (2017) UK Diplomacy at the UN after BREXIT: Challenges and Opportunities. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (3), pp. 527-542. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148117710208
Dee M & Smith KE (2017) Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?. LSE British Politics and Policy, 03.08.2017. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/post-brexit-diplomacy-at-the-un/
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
Dee M (2015) The European Union in a Multipolar World: World Trade, global governance and the case of the WTO. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137434197; https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137434203
Dee M (2015) The EU's performance in the 2015 NPT Review Conference: What went wrong. European Foreign Affairs Review, 20 (4), pp. 591-608. http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/abstract.php?area=Journals&id=EERR2015047
Dee M (2012) Standing together or Doing the Splits? Evaluating European Union Performance in the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty Review Negotiations. European Foreign Affairs Review, 12 (2) p. 211. https://www.kluwerlawonline.com/abstract.php?area=Journals&id=EERR2012021
Dee M (2012) Explaining European Union Performance in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference: Limited ambitions but pragmatic positioning. UNISCI Journal, DP 30, pp. 11-26. Europe and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. https://www.ucm.es/data/cont/media/www/pag-72491/UNISCI%20DP%2030%20-%20DEE.pdf
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 (Introduction to 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.