Ali Watson

  • Managing Director, Third Generation Project; Professor - University of St Andrews

Research interests

Ali Watson is Professor of International Relations and Managing Director of the Third Generation Project. Originally trained as a macroeconomist at the University of Dundee, during her time at St Andrews her focus in teaching and research has increasingly been based around an examination of the rights of marginalised actors and communities. This includes a large body of work on the place of children in the international system including a call, in 2006, for International Relations as a discipline to recognise the significance of children and their childhoods as sites of knowledge. Since 2013 she has been co-developing, with her research partner Bennett Collins, a methodology focused upon 'doing IR differently' by working to unpack and then challenge the ways in which academia reinforces existing structural power relations, including with projects based in North America and East Africa.This work has been funded by the British Academy, National Geographic, and by the Global Challenges Research Fund. In 2016, Collins and Watson created the Third Generation Project, a think tank focused upon education for climate justice that is based in the School of International Relations. In parallel with this, their current research focuses upon the role of education as a resistance practice.