I have a long-standing interest in the Aristotelian tradition, particularly Aristotle's conception of natural law and its impact on later philosophy and political thought, especially on the ideas of Hegel and Marx. I also have an interest in utopian political thought and literature. I have recently started to research in the area of cosmopolitanism and global justice.
My overarching research interest is in the autonomy-identity relationship. I have explored this in terms of feminist thought and mainstream political theory, and am currently examining the application of notions of autonomy to our attitudes toward and about nature.
I’m currently working on norms of citizen behaviour in democratic societies, looking in particular at ‘radical political action’ and forms of justification that may tell either for or against it. My other strand of research is in environmental political theory, and in particular the relationship between environmental politics and democratic decision-making.
My research interests cover Habermasian political thought, post-structuralism, the work of Oakeshott, and republican political theory. I am currently writing a book critiquing the rational self-interested subject of liberal political discourse, provisionally entitled: Agency: The Subject of Politics.
I have articles forthcoming on the non-identity problem in the Journal of Political Philosophy, and on climate change and intergenerational equity in Political Studies. I'm also interested in lotteries, contractualism and aggregation, the precautionary principle, and nuclear deterrence
I joined the School in 1996, having previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff and Stirling. I have a long-standing research interest in the problems of social change and the modern state, particularly the welfare state. I am currently working on a history of normative justifications for the existence of private property.
I teach different aspects of political theory in the School, including the history of political thought and political utopianism. I'm currently working on a book called 'Fools Gold?' which explores utopianism in the twenty-first century.
I've been teaching political philosophy at Nottingham since 2000. I'm currently working on a book about the marketplace of religious ideas and the appropriate role of the state in damping down religious extremism and religious disobedience.
My area of expertise is contemporary democratic theory, with a particular focus on the influence of post-structuralism on Anglo-American political thought. He is currently completing a monograph entitled Agonistic Democracy: constituent power in the era of globalisation to be published with Cambridge University Press in 2012.
I came to Nottingham in 2002. At the moment I'm working on theories of welfare and on utilitarian approaches to issues in moral and political philosophy.