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Joerg Friedrichs

Associate Professor of Politics, University of Oxford

Jörg Friedrichs is Associate Professor at ODID and Official Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Taking a broad transdisciplinary approach to academic research, his main interests are in the fields of international relations and political sociology. In a recent article, Jörg has proposed a new intercultural theory of international relations.

Coming from an increasingly multicultural and multi-religious Europe, Jörg has recently worked on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims outside the west. His latest book is entitled 'Hindu-Muslim Relations: What Europe Might Learn from India' (2018). Joerg has also published on Han-Muslim relations in China.

Joerg is now turning to the study of majority-Muslim relations in England.

Until 2013, his work had a focus on climate change and energy (The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity, MIT Press, 2013; 'The carbon curse', Energy Policy, 2013). Jörg has also published on various other topics ranging from denial and self-deception to security regionalism in East Asia and from the privatisation of force to pragmatic research methodology. Further back, he worked on police cooperation, European approaches to international relations theory, and ancient Greek historiography.

Jörg has studied Classics at the universities of Munich, Tübingen and Rome, finishing with a book on political rhetoric in the historiography of Thucydides (2000). His doctoral studies in Political Science at Munich led to another book on European Approaches to International Relations Theory (2004). His postdoctoral research led to a third book, entitled Fighting Terrorism and Drugs: Europe and International Police Cooperation (2008).

Jörg Friedrichs has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as International Organization, International Theory, Energy Policy, and Philosophical Psychology.

Departmental profile:


  • 2007–present
    Prof. Dr. , Associate Professor