Louise Fawcett

BA UCL, MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxf


I teach aspects of political institutions to first-year students. To second and final-year students I teach International Relations theory and history and Middle East Politics.

About me

After studying History at University College London I took an MPhil and DPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  I then lived in Colombia for nearly three years working at the Universidad del Norte in International Development.  In 1991 I was appointed Junior Research Fellow and MacArthur Scholar at Exeter College Oxford.  In 1995 I took up my present position at St Catherine’s.


I work on International Relations-based subjects, particularly the history, politics and international relations of developing countries and international institutions.  My major publications include Regionalism in World Politics (ed with Andrew Hurrell) The Third World Beyond the Cold War (ed with Yezid Sayigh), Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (ed with Monica Serrano) and most recently International Relations of the Middle East (3rd edn 2013).  I am a member of the International Advisory board of the Chatham House-based journal International Affairs and the United Nations University Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Graduate supervision

I contribute to graduate teaching in International Relations and have supervised many graduate students at both Masters and DPhil level in a variety of International Relations and Middle East-based subjects.

Wilfrid Knapp Fellow and Tutor in Politics
Professor of International Relations

Gavin Lowe

MA, MSc, DPhil Oxf


I teach a broad range of subjects in tutorials at Catz, including the first year programming courses, and the second year Concurrency and Models of Computation courses.  I supervise third and fourth year projects on topics in Computer Security, Concurrency, Concurrent Programming and Automated Verification.

About me

I studied Mathematics as an undergraduate, before switching to Computer Science for my masters, doctorate and post-doctoral research, all at Oxford. I then lectured at the University of Leicester, before returning to Oxford in 2000 as a University Lecturer, and Fellow in Computer Science at St Catz.


Most of my research in the past has been on Computer Security, particularly Security Protocols: I have developed various techniques for analysing securityprotocols, either to prove them correct, or to find attacks upon them.

I have also carried out research in Concurrency, both building mathematical models of different aspects of concurrent systems, and developing techniques and tools for their automated verification.

Recently I have become interested in Concurrent Programming, developing algorithms to exploit modern multi-core technology.

I am happy to supervise graduate students in any of the above areas.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science
President of Senior Common Room

North American Alumni Weekend 2018

The Alumni Weekend in North America will be on the West Coast for the first time ever in 2018! Taking place in San Francisco, we look forward to seeing many of our Alumni and Friends for what promises to be a fantastic weekend! Please visit the University's website for more details.

Date: Friday 6 - Saturday 7 April 2018

Location: San Francisco, California

To book: Invitations will be sent closer to the date

Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians

To mark the retirement of Professor Peter Franklin, who retires after teaching at St Catz for 19 years, the Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians will be held in College on Saturday, 30 April 2016.
Peter joined St Catz in 1996 as the College’s first Fellow in Music and has made an extensive and invaluable contribution to the College life, both as Music Fellow and formerly as Senior Tutor.

Parents' and Second Years' Garden Party 2018

Each year the Master hosts a Garden Party in the beautiful setting of the Water Gardens, to which he warmly invites our second year undergraduates and their parents and guardians. Come and celebrate the end of Trinity Term and enjoy Pimms, cakes and strawberries & cream.


Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Time: 14.30-16.30

Venue: Water Gardens, St Catherine's College

Guests: Welcome

To book: Invitations will be sent closer to the date

Parents' and Freshers' Lunch 2018

This is a relaxed and joyous event where we welcome Freshers' parents/guardians into College to celebrate the end of Hilary Term. Beginning with a Drinks Reception in the SCR, guests are then invited to enjoy a three-course meal in Hall in the company of The Master and Fellows of the College.

Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018

Time: 12.45 Drinks · 13.15 Lunch

Venue: The Senior Common Room (Drinks) · St Catherine's College Hall (Lunch)

Guests: Two guests per student

Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists

To mark the retirement of Professor Richard Parish after 39 years at the College, the Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists will be held at St Catz on Saturday 5th March 2016.
Richard joined the College in 1976 as a Tutorial Fellow in French. He has since held a variety of positions, including Vice Master, Senior Tutor, and Tutor for Graduates and although he is retiring, Richard will still be at the College regularly, succeeding John Simopoulos as Dean of Degrees.

Wallace Watson Award Lecture

The Wallace Watson Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate member of the College to undertake an expedition or travel of a challenging nature in a mountainous or remote area anywhere in the world. Wallace Watson (2000 Chemistry) was an undergraduate at St Catz, who achieved much in his short life, through combining determination with consideration for others, and success with modesty and humour.

Applications Open for 2018 Wallace Watson Award

St Catz undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2018 Wallace Watson Award, which encourages students to undertake expeditions or travel of a challenging nature, by providing financial assistance. The objective of the initiative is to foster an inner strength of character, an appreciation of other cultures and a broadening of the mind, through helping to ensure opportunities for St Catz students to travel the world.


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