Vassilios Paipais

Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews

Vassilios earned his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an undergraduate degree in Law (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), an MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies (Panteion University, Athens) and an MRes in International Relations (LSE).

He has also been awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) and he is a Higher Education Academy Fellow. He is currently programme coordinator for International Political Theory.

He is the author of Political Ontology and International Political Thought: Voiding A Pluralist World, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). This monograph explores the challenges and impasses facing liberal, post-liberal, dialogic and agonistic discourses of pluralism in IPT from the perspective of a post-foundational nihilist ontology.

He is also working on the political-theological dimension in world politics and the meaning and significance of the messianic as a political category. He is currently publishing papers on that project in view of producing a full monograph on messianism as a political category and an edited book on Political Theologies of the International.

And he is also on a research project on the ‘Euro Crisis in the Press’. The project is an interdisciplinary comparative research study on the politics of public discourses around the European crisis across Eurozone countries. He is co-editor of the LSE blog Euro Crisis in the Press and an Associate to the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the LSE. Examples of Vassilios' blog entries can be found on the Euro Crisis in the Press blog.

He is a former co-Convenor (2007-2010) of CRIPT (Contemporary Research in International Political Theory) which is a BISA (British International Studies Association) working group.


  • –present
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews