Paul Beaumont holds a Ph.D. in International Relations/International Environmental Studies and Development from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), working in the Global Order and Diplomacy research group. Paul is currently researching public private partnerships in development as part of the DEVINT project, and transnational ecosystem politics with the LORAX project.
More broadly, Paul's research interests include IR theory, the (dis)functioning of international institutions, global environmental politics, nuclear weapons, hierarchies in world politics, and interpretivist research-methods.
Paul has published a monograph with Palgrave Studies in International Relations, titled "Performing Nuclear Weapons: How Britain Made its Bomb Make Sense", and has published multiple articles in leading IR journals: European Journal of International Relations, Third World Quarterly and International Studies Review, among others. A keen contributor to policy and public debate, Paul has published multiple op-eds in Klassekampen, Aftenposten, among other Norwegian national newspapers. He is currently an associate editor of New Perspectives Journal of International Relations, and a regular guest lecturer on IR theory at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
2020 Doctorate, International Relations/International Development and Environment Studies. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
2014 Master of Science, International Relations. (NMBU)
2006 Bachelor, Economic History. The London School of Economics (LSE)
2020- Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
2019 Visiting Scholar. The Department of Politics and International Studies. Cambridge University
2015-2020 PhD Candidate, The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
2015 Junior Research Fellow. NUPI
2013-2015 Academic Writing Advisor, NMBU
2006-2012 English Teacher - Prague, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, London, Gliwice
Publications All publications
Space, nature and hierarchy: the ecosystemic politics of the Caspian SeaPublication | 2022
The Anthropocene has given rise to growing efforts to govern the world’s ecosystems. There is a hitch, however, ecosystems do not respect sovereign b1
Coping with Complexity: Toward Epistemological Pluralism in Climate–Conflict ScholarshipPublication | 2022
Over the last two decades, climate security has become an increasingly salient policy agenda in international fora. Yet, despite a large body of rese1
Norges oljedilemma etter Glasgow: Et umoralsk argument for et raskt grønt skiftePublication : Article | 2022
(This article is only in Norwegian) Etter å ha gått seirende ut av «klimavalget 2021», står den rødgrønne regjeringen overfor oppgaven med å sikre No1
Matt McDonald, Ecological Security: Climate Change and the Construction of Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)Publication : Book review | 2021
This is a book review of Matt McDonald's book titled "Ecological Security: Climate Change and the Construction of Security". This book1
Grading greatness: evaluating the status performance of the BRICSPublication : Academic article | 2018
An impressive portfolio of case-study research has now demonstrated how and through what means the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)1
Projects All projects
Public–Private Development Interfaces in Ethiopia (DEVINT)Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Private actors are increasingly operating in the name of development and in partnership with international development actors. This project (DEVINT) will explore the nexus of private actors and public...
Climate-related Peace and Security Risks (CPSR)Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are collaborating on a climate, peace and security project that is aimed at bac...
When every act is war: Post-Crimea conflict dynamics and Russian foreign policy (WARU)Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Tension between great powers in world politics is escalating rapidly. What are the driving forces behind deteriorating relations? Can we explain them solely by the ‘aggressiveness’ of the other (be th...
The Lorax Project: Understanding Ecosystemic Politics (LORAX)Research project | 2018 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Do regional politics around border-crossing ecosystems share important resemblances and differ in significant ways from global politics?...
Events All events
Theory Seminar: Lea Ypi on Solidarity, immigration and social classEventThu 19 May 2022Time: 16:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams
Join us online on 19 May when Professor Lea Ypi will talk about class-based solidarity.
Articles All articles
NUPI team to take over as editors of the prestigious journal Cooperation and Conflict12 May 2023
“Our aim is to consolidate Cooperation and Conflict as a platform for IR scholarship that is theoretically innovative, methodologically pluralist, em1
International Organisations and the Caspian Sea Ecosystem27 Jun 2022
Lorax in Motion is a series whereby we report and reflect upon the Lorax project team’s ongoing research activities. Here, we catch up with Paul Beau1
Re-imagining the world after the pandemic6 Jul 2021
Senior Research Fellow Paul Beaumont was invited by the European Studies Assocation to participate in a plenary discussion about the Corona's tr1
Studying Nuclear Storytelling: How Britain Makes Its Bomb Make Sense9 Aug 2021
How did consecutive British governments maintain the idea that its nuclear weapons are a legitimate, desirable and a sensible way to spend scarce res1
Transnational Ecosystems Cooperation is Taking off19 Aug 2021
Do these efforts to govern border-crossing ecosystems have unique effects that matter for global politics more generally?