Staff profile

Dr Daniel Bray

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Politics and Philosophy

SS 323, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BEng (Monash), PhD (Melbourne).

Area of study

International Relations

Brief profile

Daniel Bray's expertise lies at the intersection of International Relations and Political Theory. In 2010, he completed his PhD on transnational democracy which used the work of American philosopher John Dewey to develop ideals of representative democracy and democratic leadership beyond nation-states. Since then, his major publications have focussed on using philosophical pragmatism to develop theories of cosmopolitanism, analyse contemporary global governance and protest movements, and investigate the problems and prospects of representative democracy. His current research involves investigating the ethical relationship between cosmopolitanism and violence, as well as an ARC funded project that aims to develop a political account of childhood by analysing how children are represented in Australian political controversies.

Research interests

International Relations

- Global Environmental Politics

- Global Governance

- Theories of International Relations

Political Theory and Political Philosophy

- Childhood and Children's Rights

- Democracy and Political Representation

- Pragmatism

Teaching units

POL1SNS - States, Security and International Relations

POL2TWP - Theories of World Politics

POL5GAG - Global Political Economy

Recent publications

  • Bray, D. (2016). 'Global Protests and Cosmopolitan Publicity: Challenging the Representative Claims of Nation-States', Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1217616 
  • Bray, D. (2016). 'The Geopolitics of Antarctic Governance: Sovereignty and Strategic Denial in Australia's Antarctic Policy', Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(3): 256-274.   
  • Bray, D. (with Slaughter, S.) (2015). Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Bray, D. (2014). ‘Neoliberal Democracy and the Protest Politics of the Occupy Movement’. In B. Isakhan and S. Slaughter (eds) Crisis and Democracy in the Twenty-first Century: Democratising Governance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bray, D. (2013). ‘Pragmatic Ethics and the Will to Believe in Cosmopolitanism’, International Theory 5(3): 446-476.
  • Bray, D. (2011) Pragmatic Cosmopolitanism: Representation and Leadership in Transnational Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Bray, D. (2011) ‘Pragmatic Cosmopolitanism and the Role of Leadership in Transnational Democracy’, in J Hoover, M Sabaratnam and L Schouenborg (eds), Interrogating Democracy in International Relations, Routledge, London.
  • Bray, D. (2009). ‘Pragmatic Cosmopolitanism: A Deweyan Approach to Democracy beyond the Nation-State’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 37(3): 679-715.

Research projects

ARC Project IN160100039 (2016-2019) Representing Children in Australian Political Controversies 

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