Dr Bennett Collins

Dr Bennett Collins
Dr Bennett Collins
Dr Bennett Collins

MA (Hons), MSc, PhD


Accepting PhDs



I am currently a Lecturer (in Comparative Politics) in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Before coming to Aberdeen, I completed my PhD in the School of International Relations a the University of St Andrews. Leading up to and during my PhD, I held several research fellowships funded by the National Geographic Society, the Global Challenges Research Fund, the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, and the University of St Andrews. The central theme of this research centred around environmental, energy, and climate policy and justice-based social movements. 




  • PhD International Relations 
    2023 - University of St Andrews 

    Thesis - 'Moralising Dispossession: Tracing Ethnogeographies of Settler Colonial Environmental Governance in the United States'

  • MSc African Studies 
    2014 - University of Oxford 
  • MA International Relations 
    2013 - University of St Andrews 

    First Class

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • LGBT Staff and Postgraduate Network, Member
  • MSc in Energy Politics and Law, Programme Director 
  • Social Sciences PG Committee, Member
  • PIR PG Staff Student Liaison Committee, Member
  • PIR PG Exam Board Committee, Member
External Memberships
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Member
  • Climate Social Science Network, Member
  • British Academy Early Career Research Network, Member

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

  • 2021 UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards, Winning Team in Student Engagement Category
  • 2021 International Green Gown Awards, Highly Commended Team in Student Engagement Category

Research Overview

My most current research interests are largely centred around environmental, climate, and energy ethics, discourse, and governance; place and displacement; and social movements in the Plantationocene. My past and ongoing research interests are in critical peace studies and genocide studies, specifically looking at the effectiveness of transitional justice and truth-seeking mechanisms and historical dialogue processes in the wake of mass atrocities.

I have published my work in the International Journal on Human Rights, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Peacebuilding, as well as in edited books, such as Indigenous peoples and their Access to Justice, including Truth and Reconciliation Processes (2014, eds. Littlechild and Stamatopoulou), Ethnographic Peace Research: Approaches and Tensions (2017, ed. Millar), Rwanda Since 1994 (2019, eds. Grayson and Hitchcott), and Children, Childhoods, and Global Politics (2023, eds. Beier and Berents).

In terms of practitioner/activist oriented work, I started the Third Generation Project (TGP) in 2016, an award-winning think tank based at the University of St Andrews that produces educational research and materials on the intricacies of climate justice. Within TGP I co-founded the Emerging Researchers Programme and the Mutual Aid Clinic to train undergraduate students in collaborative, non-extractive, and reflexive qualitative research methodologies. I have also worked with a range of organisations on producing research and educational materials, including and not limited to: the Scottish Government; Education Scotland; Scottish Development Education Centres (Wosdec, Scotdec, HOW); Rajpot; the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racialized, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations in Maine; Aegis Trust/Kigali Genocide Memorial; Transparency Solutions; Anywaa Survival Organisation; AIMPO-Rwanda; SOM-ACT; and People's Coalition for Food Sovereignty.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Environmentalism
  • International Relations
  • Environmental History
  • International Development

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


I welcome prospective PhD students who are interested in researching in and around the following topics: 

  • Critical environmental studies or political ecology
  • Transitional justice and historical dialogue 
  • Climate, environmental, and/or energy justice
  • Settler colonial studies
  • Critical human rights
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Critical qualitative methodologies (e.g. PAR, collaborative, reflexive, anti-extractive practice)

Funding and Grants




Teaching Responsibilities

PI5025 - Energy Politics 

PI5518 - International Energy Security 

PI5907 - Energy Politics and Law Project 

PI2009 - Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations - Environmentalism Week 


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