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Fiona Robinson

Ethics and International Relations (normative and critical IR theory; human rights; cosmopolitanism; global justice); Gender and International Relations (feminist security studies; feminist IPE); Contemporary liberal and feminist political theory

Degrees:BA (Queen's) MA (Carleton) PhD (Cambridge)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3120
Office:C663 Loeb Building


Fiona Robinson is Professor of Political Science specializing in International Relations and Political Theory. She holds am MPhil (1992) and PhD (1995) from the University of Cambridge, an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (1991) and a BA Honours in Political Studies and English from Queen’s University (1989). From 1994 to 1998 she was Lecturer in the department of International Relations and Politics at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011), Globalizing Care: Ethics, Feminist Theory and International Relations (Westview Press, 1999), and co-editor, with Rianne Mahon, of Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care (University of British Columbia Press, 2011). Her book The Ethics of Care won the University of Southern California’s J. Ann Tickner Book Prize in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Canadian Political Science Association’s International Relations Book Prize in 2012. Fiona Robinson was the recipient of the 2012 Faculty of Public Affairs Research Achievement Award and a 2014 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

Selected Publications

  1. ‘Feminist Foreign Policy as Ethical Foreign Policy? A Care Ethics Perspective’, Journal of International Political Theory (Online First, February 2019. First Published February 25, 2019).
  1. ‘Care and the Political’, Politics & Gender, Symposium on the 25th anniversary of Joan Tronto’s Moral Boundaries. 14(4):
  1. ‘Care ethics and International Relations: Challenging rationalism in global ethics’, International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(3): 319-32.
  1. ‘International Relations Theory’ in Brent Steele and Eric Heinze, eds., Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations, New York: Routledge.
  1. ‘Discourses of Motherhood and the Ethics of Care: Maternal Thinking as Feminist Politics’, Journal of International Political Theory, 10(1): 94-108.
  1. The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (winner of inaugural J. Ann Tickner Book Prize, 2014 and shortlisted for International Relations Book Prize, CPSA, 2013)
  1. Rianne Mahon and Fiona Robinson, eds., Feminist Ethics and Social Policy: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.