Dr Kelly Staples

Director of Learning & Teaching - Politics & International Relations

Associate Professor of International Politics

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

Contact details

  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only
  • Dissertation Hour (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only


  • PL3118 Global Justice and Human Rights


Selected books

Kelly Staples: Retheorising Statelessness book cover

Selected journal articles and chapters

Other publications and media


I am currently involved in a research project with Dr Jonathan Gilmore (Manchester) and City of Sanctuary Manchester on everyday solidarity, and in a project with Dr Alan Desmond (Leicester) on including migrants in sustainable cities. 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 and forthcoming research activities

  • (2019, June) Participant in roundtable: "Understanding Statelessness". World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion, The Hague.
  • (2019, June) Organiser and Participant in Workshop: "Everyday Borders / Everyday Solidarity". University of Manchester.
  • (2017, May) Participant in roundtable: "Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century". European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Leeds.
  • (2016, June) Paper. "Contingent cosmopolitanism and the refugee crisis". BISA Annual Conference, Edinburgh.
  • (2016, June) Podcast. Migration Matters, episode 20 "Europe and the Refugee Crisis":
  • (2015, September) Paper. "Ending the decade(s) of repatriation? Re-imagining refugee resettlement". 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sicily.
  • (2015, May) Participant in Spring Symposium: "UNHCR's Global Action Plan to end Statelessness: A Critical Examination of Identification Structures". The Duke Human Rights Centre at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University.
  • (2015, March) Paper. "The ethics of deportability". Leicester Migration Network Contemporary Migration Seminars.


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)
  • 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)
  • Barrack Muluka: Exercising the right of return: refugees from Burundi in Tanzania
  • George Revel: Secession and Self-Determination (with Troy Lavers)
  • Michel Saad: Humanitarianism (Distance Learning; with Helen Dexter)
  • Nicholas Schenk: Cosmopolitanism (with Steve Cooke)

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