The English School Section of the ISA (ENGSS) was started early in 1999 by Barry Buzan, Richard Little and Ole Wæver, who wanted to reconvene the English School (ES) of International Relations Theory.

The idea of ENGSS is to strengthen the ties within the existing ES community, and to build new ties to related areas of work in other disciplines and areas, particularly World History, International Law, International Political Economy, European Union studies and Historical Sociology.


The aim is to develop a set of ES research priorities and to create a clearer division of labour within the community and between it and other communities. In part, this is about recovering some of the working methods of the British Committee, albeit adapting them to the reality that the ES is now larger, more international, and more diverse than at any time in the past.