Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Siddharth Mallavarapu

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5230
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E-mail: mallavarapu@spam


Prof. Siddharth Mallavarapu joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow from June to August 2013. Continuing his research in Research Unit 1 "The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation", he had another 3-month fellowship from May to July 2014.

Research Project at the Centre

Cognitive Studies and Institutional Designs for Cooperation

The project's main objective is to bring recent developments in the field of cognitive neurosciences into dialogue with potential institutional designs for furthering human cooperation. Of particular interest is to examine what institutional arrangements are likely to be more conducive to cooperation. The project seeks to address the following interconnected questions: How can we anchor insights from cognition studies in terms of the actual design of institutions? What outcomes are likely to be generated by particular modifications in existing institutional designs? How can institutional design drawing on insights from cognitive neurosciences help tweak outcomes both significantly and marginally in favour of facilitating human cooperation? Cognitive studies provide an exciting vantage point to re-examine some of our core assumptions as they relate to various facets of international political life.

Research Interests

  • Politics of Knowledge
  • Cognition, Politics and Well-Being
  • Global Governance and Systemic Power Transition Theories
  • International Relations Theory
  • Institutions
  • Intellectual Histories of the Global South
  • Disciplinary Histories of International Relations

Current Projects

  • The Post-Transatlantic Age: A Twenty First Century Concert of Powers, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • Cognitive Studies and Institutional Designs for Cooperation


Since 09/2012 South Asian University, New Delhi
Dept. of International Relations
Associate Professor & Chairperson
Since 03/2004 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Centre for International Politics, Organization & Disarmament, School of International Studies
Assistant Professor

Selected Publications

Mallavarapu, Siddharth / Chimni, B.S. (eds.) (2012): International Relations: Perspectives for the Global South, New Delhi: Pearson

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2012): Indian Thinking in International Relations, in: Mallavarapu, Siddharth / Chimni, B.S. (eds.): International Relations: Perspectives for the Global South, New Delhi: Pearson

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2011): The Normative Politics of Regime Formation: Human Rights in the South Asian Context, in: E. Sridharan (ed.): International Relations Theory and South Asia New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 346-368

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2010): Engaging the Idea of Global Citizenship, in: Chandra Chari (ed.): Superpower Rivalry and Conflict: The Long Shadow of the Cold War on the 21st Century, London: Routledge, pp. 233-242

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2009): Development of International Relations Theory in India: Traditions, Contemporary Perspectives and Trajectories, International Studies, Vol. 46, No. 1&2, pp. 165-183

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2007): Globalization and the Cultural Grammar of Great Power Aspiration, International Studies, Vol .44, No.2, pp. 87-102

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2007): O Lugar Importa: O Ensino Das Relações Internacionais Na Índia, Relações Internacionais (15) September, pp. 35-45 (Translation from English to Portuguese)

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2007): Banning the Bomb: The Politics of Norm Creation, New Delhi: Pearson Longman

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2006): The Template of Globalization and the Making of Indian Foreign Policy, in: Fábio Villares ( (eds.): India, Brazil and South Africa: Perspectives and Alliances, Sao Paulo: UNESP,  pp. 197-253

Mallavarapu, Siddharth / Bajpai, Kanti (eds.) (2005): International Relations in India: Bringing Theory Back Home, New Delhi: Orient Longman

Mallavarapu, Siddharth / Bajpai, Kanti (eds.) (2005): International Relations in India: Theorizing the Region and Nation, New Delhi: Orient Longman

Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2003): A Mandate for Nuclear Prudence: International Court of Justice on Nuclear Weapons, in: M.V.Ramana and C.Rammanohar Reddy (ed.): Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream,  Delhi: Orient Longman, pp. 245-269

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Cognition and World Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Culture, Norms and Identity in World Politics
  • Globalization and the State
  • International Relations Theory
  • Problems of International Relations
  • Philosophy of Science

Seminars and Conferences

  • Participant in a roundtable on ‘Critical Pedagogies in World Politics: Structures, Spaces and Contexts for Learning’ in the ISA Annual Convention 2013 on "The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions", San Francisco, April 3-6, 2013
  • "Theorizing Democratization: Insights from Comparative Politics" in an international conference on "The Arab World: March Towards Democracy and Its Implications" organized by the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University in cooperation with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Indian Council of World Affairs and the Kerala State Higher Education Council on February 4 and 5, 2013
  • Talk on "Disciplinary Histories of International Relations: Interpreting Indian IR Conversations" at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, January 15, 2013
  • ‘Theorizing Legitimacy: The Asian Resurgence, Global Governance and International Relations Theory’ in the Convention on "The Dawning of the ‘Asian Century': Emerging Challenges before Theory and Practices of IR in India", India International Centre on December 10, 2012
  • Joint presentation (with Kanti Bajpai) on ‘Key Requirements for a Great Power Multilateralism’ at a conference organized by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) titled "The Post-Transatlantic Age: A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers?" on September 23 and 24, 2011
  • "Towards a Disciplinary History of International Relations in India: Notes from the Field", Carleton University, Ottawa, March 23, 2011
  • "Deciphering Power Transitions: India and the New World Order" in the ISA Annual Convention, Montreal, March 16-20, 2011
  • "Normative Foundations of Global Governance", Opening Lecture at the Global Governance School 8, Autumn 2010, German Development Institute, Bonn, 19 July, 2010
  • "The Gandhian Tradition" Paper presented at the IFS-IDSA Conference on India’s Grand Strategic Thought, Oslo, September 8-10, 2010
  • "From Taboo to Treaty: How Ideas Shape Nuclear Policy", Presentation at the ISA Annual Convention, Theme: "Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners", New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, February 17, 2010
  • Participant in Brown International Advanced Research Institute on "Towards a Global Humanities: Critical Traditions from the Global South" from May 31st to June 13th, 2009
  • Presented a paper titled "Norms, Cultures and Great Powers" at a joint national conference organized by the School of International Studies (SIS), JNU and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 23-24 February 2006 in New Delhi

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