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Daniel Nicholls

Daniel Nicholls-foto

Adjunct professor, UPF

Adjunct professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra & ESADE


Daniel Nicholls' research analyses hierarchy in the international system from a relational and role-theory perspective, looking at how the way in which actors are interconnected into patterned structures of interaction generates certain role-bargaining dynamics and subsequent social locations. Empirically Daniel looks at how the United States' authority role in South America has changed over time as relational structures have shifted and roles have been recast. His work has recently been published in International Studies Review and he is currently working on a book project. Daniel occasionally guest posts at Duck of Minerva.

Background and education

  • (2016) PhD, Queen Mary, University of London

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • British Intnernational Studies Association
  • European International Studies Association


Research interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • Hierarchy
  • Relationalism
  • Role theory

Research projects

  • Relations and Roles: Understanding Hierarchy (book project)

Selected publications

  • Nicholls, Daniel.2019.All Hegemons are Not the Same: The Role(s) of Relational Structures and Modes of Control.International Studies Review,Link