Susan Strange Book Prize

BISA is pleased to award the Susan Strange Book Prize for the best book published in any field of International Studies during the course of the 12 months up to 31 December 2014. The aim of the Prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange and also to recognise the best 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 LSE. Susan was a founding member and first Treasurer of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and 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, Heads of Department or individuals. Self-nominations are 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.
  • 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 2014. Where a book is published later in the year but carries a 2014 publication date, authors may be required to provide proof that the book was published in the calendar year 2014.
  • The deadline for submission for nominations is the 23 January 2015.
  • The Prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Vice-Chair of BISA, acting on behalf of the Executive Board.
  • The Prize will be awarded at the 2015 Annual Conference, and includes a cheque to the value of £500. The Association reserves the right not to make an award in any particular year.
  • 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 at this point.
  • The Research Committee produces a long-list of a maximum of 10 nominated books, which is passed to the appointed panel of judges.
  • The prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Vice-Chair of BISA, acting on behalf of the Executive Board.
  • Authors will be contacted at that point and asked to make arrangements 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 sub-panel by the authors or publishers acting on their behalf. It is the responsibility of the authors to make arrangements 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 excluded from consideration. 
Enquiries about the prize and the process of nomination should be sent to the Research Committee chair, Professor Nicola Phillips[n.phillips(at)].
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