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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


Political Theory

The Political Theory Research Group supports individual and collaborative research projects in key areas of contemporary political theory. Our academic staff and postgraduates engage with others across the university who share interests in legal, moral and social philosophy. We welcome inquiries from prospective postgraduate students, postdoctoral and visiting fellows, and anyone interested in learning more about our research. The convener of the group is Professor Tim Hayward (left).

At our weekly research seminar we discuss pre-circulated papers by members and visiting speakers (who, in recent years, have included Simon Caney, John Dryzek, Katrin Flikschuh, Axel Gosseries,  David Luban, Judith Lichtenberg, Susan Mendus, Henry Shue, and Adam Swift).

We are also active in national and international professional associations and networks. Our members are involved in organising the ECPR International Political Theory Standing Group, the PSA's Global Justice and Human Rights Specialist Group, the Northen Political Theory Association, and the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy. We maintain the UK Political Theory Email List, and our members on boards of numerous leading international journals.

Our Research and Publications focus on

  • International Political Theory
  • Environmental Political Theory
  • International Relations Theory
  • Human Rights
  • Ethics of War
  • Political Theory and the EU
  • Arts and Politics

Members have won research grants from ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission and the British Academy; our postgrads have achieved scholarships from these and other bodies including ESRC and AHRC.

Seminar Series 2019-20

The research group's seminar series programme for 2019-20 can be found here.

New: PhD in Political Theory