Dr Kelly Staples

Associate Professor of International Politics

BA (Leeds), MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Core Teaching

  • PL3118 Global Justice and Human Rights
  • PL7095 Global Ethics in Practice



Kelly Staples: Retheorising Statelessness book cover

Selected journal articles and chapters

Other publications and media


I am currently involved in a research project with colleagues at the University and in Pakistan, sponsored by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies: Co-constructing Inequalities and Improving Wellbeing Post-Pandemic: Children’s Vision in five Major World Countries. I am also continuing to work on statelessness, in particular the meaning of being 'at risk of statelessness' and the global governance of statelessness, as well as the implications of both for International Relations (IR) and International Political Theory.

Recent research activities available online


I am interested in supervising research with a strong theoretical dimension. I am also interested in supervising research into protection-related issues, such as citizenship, refugees, fragile states and statelessness, as well as research in the broader fields of human rights and global ethics.

Current PhD students

  • Salado Ahmed: The gendered impact of the EU's securitised migration policies (with Jamie Johnson)
  • Tala Alnoweisser: Political Instability and its Effects on Parental Approach in Supporting their Children’s Experience and Understanding of the World: The Lebanese Context (with Michelle O'Reilly, Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour)
  • Joshua Crane: To what extent is the UK government complicit in the ‘isolated incidents’ of human rights violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen? (with Tara McCormack and Ben Clements)
  • Dogan Guner: Syrian Refugees and Turkish Politics (with Fabian Frenzel and Natalie Martin)
  • Agnieszka Korus: Legal pluralism and women's property rights: a comparative perspective (Distance Learning; with Laura Brace)
  • Blerim Mustafa: The Extension of the Right to Self-Determination in the Post-Cold War Era (Distance Learning; with Tara McCormack)
  • Martin Nthakomwa: (Re)casting the notion ‘Home’: Refugee hosting spaces in East Africa and Leicester –United Kingdom (with David Bartram, Media and Cultural Studies)
  • George Revel: Secession and Self-Determination (with Troy Lavers, Law School)
  • Nicholas Schenk: The Right to Nationality: A Defence of Basic Rights for Stateless Persons (with Steve Cooke)

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