Dr Kelly Staples

Associate Professor of International Politics

School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3003



I have worked at the University since 2009 teaching and researching on international politics. I am known for my work on statelessness and I am also interested in refugees sanctuary and the meaning of home.


I am currently involved in a research project with colleagues at the University and in Pakistan sponsored by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies: Co-constructing Inequalities and Improving Wellbeing Post-Pandemic: Children’s Vision in five Major World Countries funded by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Study.


(2012) Re-theorising Statelessness: a Background Theory of Membership in World Politics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).
(2021) "The Ethics of Statelessness" in Birgit Schippers (ed.) Rethinking Ethics in International Relations. Abingdon: Routledge.
(2019) '"The problem with refugees: International protection and the limits to solidarity,' International Politics.
(2019) "Introduction: The politics of protection and the limits of the ethical imagination," International Politics.
(2017) "The Uncertainties of Protection" in Aidan Hehir and Robert Murray (eds.) Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century. Abingdon: Routledge.
(2017) "Recognition, nationality, and statelessness: State-based challenges for UNHCR's plan to end statelessness" in Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss, and Phillip Cole (eds.) Understanding Statelessness. Abingdon: Routledge.
(2017) "The United Nations Security Council", "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" & "International Human Rights" in Paul Taylor & Sharon Morley (eds.) A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights. Bristol: Policy Press.


I am interested in supervising research with a strong theoretical dimension. I am also interested in supervising research into protection-related issues such as citizenship refugees fragile states and statelessness as well as research in the broader fields of human rights and global ethics.


PL1011 Political Concepts PL3118 Global Justice and Human Rights PL7089 The Politics of Human Rights PL7095 Global Ethics in Practice

Press and media

Statelessness and Deprivation of Nationality


(2021 March - online due to COVID-19) Invited Keynote. Max Planck Law Specialist Seminar: Citizenship and Human Rights. Max Planck Institute Göttingen. (2018 November) Invited Speaker. ‘International Society and the Risk of Statelessness’. Refugee Studies Centre University of Oxford.

Media coverage

(2021) Voice of Islam - DriveTime Show: Becoming Stateless 16th September. (2021) University of Hull Podcast #2 for Refugee Week 25 June.


PhD Politics (2008) University of Manchester
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