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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 foreign policy); feminist political theory and feminist ethics, especially the ethics of care.

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. She is currently on the Editorial Boards of International Theory, Journal of International Political Theory and Ethics and Social Welfare.

Selected Publications

2024. Decentering Epistemologies and Challenging Privilege:  Critical Care Ethics Perspectives, Sophie Bourgault, Maggie FitzGerald and Fiona Robinson, eds.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

2024. ‘Relationality and ‘the International’:  Making Foreign Policy Feminist’ in Clara Eroukhmanoff and Hannah Partis-Jennings, eds., Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times:  Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

2021. ‘Feminist Foreign Policy as Ethical Foreign Policy: A Care Ethics Perspective’. Journal of International Political Theory, 17(1): 20-37.

2019. ‘Resisting hierarchies through relationality in the ethics of care’.  International Journal of Care and Caring. Special Issue, ‘Care Ethics thinks the Political’, Sophie Bourgault and Fiona Robinson, eds., 4(1): 11-23.

2018. ‘Care ethics and International Relations:  Challenging rationalism in global ethics’, International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(3): 319-32.

2018. ‘International Relations Theory’ in Brent Steele and Eric Heinze, eds., Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations, New York: Routledge.

2011.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)

Recent Talks

Panel on Global Health Justice hosted by Oxford University

Panel on Feminist Foreign Policy hosted by Carleton University