Susan Strange Book Prize


We are pleased to award the Susan Strange Book Prize for an outstanding book published in any field of International Studies during the course of the 12 months up to 31 December 2019. The aim of the Prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange and to recognise outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline. 
Susan was, and remains, one of the most influential figures in British International Studies. She held a number of key academic posts including the Montague Burton Chair in International Relations at the LSE. Susan was a founding member of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and our first Treasurer. She was also the first female President of the International Studies Association (ISA) in 1995.

General Information

Eligibility Criteria
  • Books may be nominated by publishers, convenors of BISA working groups, or Heads of Department. Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Nominators are encouraged to respect the spirit of the prize and nominate only books of highest quality. Nominations must be made online, accompanied by a short statement of the reason for nomination, which will include a summary of the originality and contribution of the book, its actual or potential impact on the field and the standard of scholarship it exhibits. 
  • A maximum of three books can be nominated by the same publisher. We ask publishers to undertake an internal selection process and only nominate books for consideration that will be considered original, make a significant contribution to the field and that can be regarded as innovative and excellent. Please ensure you detail why the book meets these criteria, and do not just provide a dust cover description of the scope of the book. 
  • Nominated books must be in the field of international studies.
  • The author(s) need not hold BISA membership. 
  • The nominated book must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Where a book is published later in the year but carries a 2019 publication date, authors may be required to provide proof that the book was published in the calendar year 2019.
  • The deadline for submission for nominations is 4.00pm on Friday 24 January 2020.
  • The Prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Vice-Chair of BISA, acting on behalf of the Executive Committee.

The Prize will be awarded at the BISA Annual Conference. The Association reserves the right not to make an award in any particular year.

  1. Online nominations are received and reviewed by the BISA Research Committee. At that stage decisions are made on the basis of the online nomination forms, and no copies of the book are required.
  2. Please ensure you make the case for the nomination (why should it be regarded as Excellent, Innovative, High Academic Quality etc) and please do not just describe the book subject area or provide the dust cover notes.
  3. The Research Committee produces a long-list of a maximum of 10 nominated books, which is passed to the appointed panel of judges.
  4. The prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Vice-Chair of BISA, acting on behalf of the Executive Committee.
  5. Authors will be contacted at that point and asked to arrange for three review copies of the book to be made available to the members of the panel. Where possible, pdf or e-book versions would be welcome in addition to a hard copy. Books will be sent directly to the members of the Prize panel by the authors or publishers acting on their behalf. It is the responsibility of the authors to arrange for the books to be provided. If copies of a long-listed book are not received by the panel by the date stipulated, the nomination will be excluded from consideration.
Enquiries about the prize and the process of nomination should be sent to the Research Committee chair, Professor Ruth Blakeley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Any problems with the online forms below and/or the submission process, please contact the BISA office

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