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Benedict Docherty

Dr Benedict Docherty was a Teaching Fellow in the Dept. of Politics & International Relations, University of Sheffield, from September 2017 to August 2020. During this time he taught extensively across 12 modules and worked as Dept. Teaching Assistant Coordinator. He was one of *many* precariously employed teaching focused staff made redundant in response to covid 19, and has since left the sector. He remains a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His most recent work co-authored with Dr Adrian Gallagher is 'What role[s] do expectations play in norm dynamics?', published online by International Politics in April 2021. Prior to this he co-authored with Dr Xavier Mathieu and Professor Jason Ralph, 'R2P and the Arab Spring: Norm Localisation and the US response to the early Syria crisis', published by Global Responsibility to Protect Vol.12 Issue 3 (2020).

His research interests include the UN Security Council and humanitarian intervention. His PhD research – ‘Liberal vanguards and the sustainability of the solidarist international society typified by the Responsibility to Protect’ – was completed at the University of Leeds (2017) and funded by a POLIS Award (2012-2015) as well as British International Studies Association Founders’ Fund Award (2015).

Benedict was an active member of the British International Studies Association, serving two terms as a Co-convenor of the Postgraduate Network (2013-2015) and as the PGR representative on the Intervention & R2P Working Group (2015-2016). During 2013-2016 he worked with colleagues on an ESRC funded seminar series, ‘The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute: The Political Sustainability of Liberal Norms in an Age of Shifting Power balances’ and subsequently assisted with the launch of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in December 2016.


  • 2017–2020
    Teaching Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 2013–2017
    Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds


  • 2017 
    University of Leeds, PhD


  • 2021
    International Politics, What role[s] do expectations play in norm dynamics?
  • 2020
    Global Responsibility to Protect, R2P and the Arab Spring: Norm Localisation and the US Response to the Early Syria Crisis

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy