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Tim Hayward

Tim Hayward
Professor Tim Hayward
Professor of Environmental Political Theory
3.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4523
Research Interests
Social Philosophy, epistemic obligations, fairness

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesdays 15:00-17:00 (Meetings are currently held online on Teams. To schedule an appointment:

Research Interests 

Previous work aimed to integrate environmental considerations into social and political theory. A recent project led to a book on Global Justice and Finance. (Other work currently on hold includes Global Justice and Human Rights from an Ecological Perspective, and an interdisciplinary research programme centred on applied investigations of fairness.) 

Current research focuses on the 'epistemic crisis' in political communications in Western societies, and aims to develop an ethic of epistemic due diligence. This would apply particularly with regard to the humanitarian pretext for controversial policy decisions.

At Edinburgh I am a member of the Political Theory Research Group. Beyond Edinburgh, I maintain the Political Theory Email List and its Facebook group.

My personal webpage features occasional blogposts on matters to do with ethics, political philosophy and critical citizenship.  

PhD Supervision

I can offer PhD supervision in the research areas indicated above. (I am one of six political philosophers based in Politics & IR.)





Disenchanting Global Justice: Liberalism, Capitalism and Finance, a symposium on my book Global Justice & Finance, with Anahí Wiedenbrüg and John O'Neill, Contemporary Political Theory (2020)

Three Duties of Epistemic Diligence, Journal of Social Philosophy, 50th Anniversary Special Issue (2020)

For other recent articles and papers, please visit my Academia page

Or see the list at Google Scholar

Topics interested in supervising

linkages of global justice, human rights & ecological debt; ethics and international affairs, particularly the determinants of international norms; applied epistemology, particularly in relation to major contemporary controversies.

If you are interested in being supervised by Tim Hayward, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Political Theory