Dr Ritu Vij

Dr Ritu Vij

Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen F59 Edward Wright Building
School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3QY


Ritu Vij joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in 2006, after completing a two-year fellowship at Keio Univerity (Tokyo) as the recipient of a Fellowship awarded jointly by the Social Science Research Council (USA) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Her doctoral degree is from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), at the University of Denver, USA. She has been affiliated with several universities in Japan including, Kobe, Meiji Gakuin, Meiji, Ritsumeikan and Tokyo Universities. In the UK, her research has been funded by the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust of Scotland, the British International Studies Association and the University of Aberdeen.  


Research Interests

Social theory; International Political Economy; Social Policy and Civil Society; Affect and Political Subjectivity.

Current Research

Precarity and the International, European International Studies Association, Conference, Warsaw September 18-21, 2013.

Call for Papers: http://www.8thpaneuropean.org/

Online submission of Proposalshttps://www.conftool.pro/paneuropean2013/index.php?page=login

Deadline: February 24, 2013.

Research Grants

Funding for research received from the following:

British Academy

British International Studies Association

Carnegie Trust of Scotland

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Social Science Research Council, USA.


Teaching Responsibilities

Post-graduate: International Relations Theory; Human and Critical Security

Under-graduate: International Political Economy; Japan and the World; Introduction to International Relations.

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Membership in Professional Associations:

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • Asian Studies in Japan (ASJ)

Professional Service:

  • President,Global Development Section (GDS)ISA (2009-2010; 2004-2005)
  • Vice-President,GDS, ISA (2003-2004)
  • Treasurer & Newsletter Editor, GDS, (2002-2003)

Admin Responsibilities

Director, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Social Science

Director, Taught Post-Graduate Masters in International Relations

Member, College of Arts and Sciences Executive Council

Member, School Executive Council, Social Science

Member, University Senate

Previously: Coordinator, Politics and IR Seminar Series