Dr Rafal Soborski

Dr Rafal Soborski

Professor of International Politics

I teach on:
BA in Political Science
BA in International Relations
MA in International Relations

Some of the courses I teach:
PLT 3100 – Foundations of Politics
SCL 3100 – Foundations of Sociology
DEV 4100 – Rich World / Poor World
INR 5100 – Critical Globalization Studies
INR 5200 – Global Governance
INR 6296/6297 – Senior Seminar I and II in International Relations
INR 7403 – Global Environmental Politics
PLT 6296/6297 – Senior Seminar I and II in Political Science
PLT 6400 – Political Sociology
PLT 6410 – Politics of Environmentalism

Research Clusters:
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:
Political ideologies; politics of globalization; politics of environmentalism; neoliberalism; social movements; Euroscepticism.


Dr Soborski holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Surrey, MA in European Studies from University of Exeter, and two MAs from University of Krakow (in Sociology and Religion Studies). He has taught extensively in areas of ideology, global studies and development and published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters on globalization, ideology, social movements, Euroscepticism and green political thought. Dr Soborski is the author of two monographs: Ideology in a Global Age: Continuity and Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and Ideology and the Future of Progressive Social Movements (Rowman & Littlefield 2018). He is the editor of The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies and chairs the Global Studies Research Network. He is also on the Committee of the Global Studies Association UK.

Soborski, R. (2018) Ideology and the Future of Progressive Social Movements. Rowman and Littlefield.

Soborski, R. (2013) Ideology in a Global Age: Continuity and Change. Palgrave Macmillan.

Galent, M and R. Soborski (2020) ‘Globalization Thirty Years On: Promises, Realities and Morals for the Future‘. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global studies Volume 15, Issue 4, i-ix

Soborski, R. (2020) ‘Biopolitics in the Time of Pandemic: Populism and Neoliberalism in Light of COVID-19’. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Volume 20 (forthcoming).

Soborski, R. (2020) ‘From the End of History to the Populist Turn and Beyond: Ideology’s Misfortunes in Globalization Theory and Global Activism’. International Critical Thought, Volume 10, Issue 2, 296-310.

Soborski, R. (2019) ‘Prefigurative Politics in Anti-Neoliberal Activism: A Critique‘. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Volume 18, Issue 1-2,79-92.

Soborski, R. (2015) ‘Crisis of ideology or ideologies of crisis? Ideological continuity in a destabilized age’, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 8, Issue 3, 33–43.

Soborski, R. (2012) ‘Globalization and ideology: A critical review of the debate’, The Journal of Political Ideologies, Volume 17, Issue 3, 323–46.

Soborski, R. (2009) ‘Globalization: the case for ideological realignment?’, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, 87–96.

Soborski, R. (2007) ‘Is ideological unity against capitalist globalization possible? A conceptual analysis’, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, 119–26.

Soborski, R. (2020) ‘End of Ideology? A Neoliberal Hoax and Lessons for the Left’. In S. A. Hamed Hosseini, James Goodman, Sara C. Motta and Barry K. Gills (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies. Routledge, 108-118.

Flood, C. and Soborski, R. (2018) ‘Euroscepticism as ideology’. In B. Leruth, N. Startin and S. Usherwood (eds) Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism. Routledge, 36–47.

Soborski, R. (2017) ‘Ideological imbalance following the credit crunch: neoliberalism versus the politics of resistance’. In J. Smith et al. (eds) Social Movements and World-System Transformation. Routledge, 94–111.

Soborski, R. (2006) ‘Alternative localizations: anarchist and ecologist antiglobalisms from a comparative perspective’. In J. Harris (ed.) Alternative Globalizations. Change Maker Press, 369–83.

Soborski, R. (2004) ‘Antiglobalism and ecologism in comparative perspective’. In B. Baxter and R. Dunphy (eds.) Europe, Globalisation and Sustainable Development. Routledge, 31–46.

Flood, C. and R. Soborski (2011) ‘Ideology and the Rights of the Nation in Party Alignments on the EU: A Comparison of Conservative Parties in Britain, France and Poland’, Social Science Research Network Working Paper Series.

Soborski, R. (2020) ‘Populism or Neoliberalism? Explaining the Politics of the Pandemic’. global-e. Volume 13, Issue 59.

Soborski, R. (2019) ‘Challenging Neoliberal Hegemony: Ideology for 21st Century Progressives’. global-e. Volume 12, Issue 33.

The following chapters from J. Baylis and S. Smith (eds.) The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005):

  • R. Little, ‘International regimes’;
  • F. Halliday, ‘Nationalism’;
  • S. Murden ‘Culture in world affairs’;
  • J. J. Pettman ‘Gender issues’ (in Polish edition published by University of Krakow Press, 2008)