Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Politics, History and International Relations

Department Staff

Alex Christoyannopoulous

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223659

Location: Herbert Manzoni Building


Alex is officially French and Greek, grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997, so he feels like a foreigner everywhere (but quite ‘patriotic’ about that).

Between 1997 and 2008, he completed his academic studies at theReligious Anarchism: New Perspectives University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). The only interruption was an internship at the European Commission. ‌

Between January 2005 and 2010, he taught on a broad variety of modules in half a dozen departments both at Kent and (from 2008) at Canterbury Christ Church University. ‌In 2010, he joined a fittingly multidisciplinary department (and, ‌eventually, overarching school) at Loughborough.

He still cannot decide whether his main discipline is political thought, Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospelreligion and politics, anarchist studies, international relations or political theology. There may be others. He publishes and teaches in those areas among others (see below).

He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovations, and acts as Programme Director in his department, treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network, and officer of the International Political Science Association’s research committee on Politics and Religion.

He is fluent in French and English, reasonably fluent in Greek, understands (even if he pretends not to) Spanish and Portuguese, and has studied (and hopes to continue trying to learn) Arabic.


Alex has published on Tolstoy and Christian anarchism in particular, but his broader research interests include:

Feel free to contact him to discuss potential research projects and research supervision on any of these themes.

He is also interested in ideas, projects or experience on how to best combine open-access publishing (especially if accompanied by hard-copy availability) with academic rigour (peer-review). He is currently editing a book embracing those principles, and several of his academic publications are openly/freely accessible online (see below).


Alex has taught on numerous different modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A full list is available on https://sites.google.com/site/christoyannopoulos/teaching. At Loughborough, he has developed a final year module on ‘Politics and Religion’, and a first year module titled 'Analysing Current Issues in Politics and IR'. He has also taught and developed or significantly redeveloped a final year module on ‘State, Violence and Terrorism’, a postgraduate module on ‘Protest and Resistance’, a postgraduate module on ‘International Politics: Issues and Policies’, as well as the first year ‘Contemporary World Arena’ and ‘Introduction to Academic Studies’ modules.


Analysing Current Issues

Politics and Religion

State, Violence and Terrorism

Recent publications

A selection of these is listed below.


Journal articles

Chapters/entries in edited volume

For a detailed list of publications (including translations into 7 languages), many of which are openly accessible online and some of which have been translated into other languages, visit the link below:

A detailed list of publications

Alternatively, visit the Loughborough University publications database below:

View all publications on the central database



Contact us

Department of Politics, History and International Relations
Herbert Manzoni Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK‌‌

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222983