Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice


Co-Director of CSSGJ; Professor of Political Economy

Andreas Bieler's general expertise is in the area of international relations/international political economy theories and the analysis of European integration, global restructuring as well as resistance to neo-liberal globalisation with a particular emphasis on the possible role of trade unions.

The general aim of his research is to understand the possibilities of labour movements, understood in a broad sense, to form relationships of transnational solidarity in the search for alternatives. Together with Adam David Morton, Sydney University, he is currently working on the research monograph Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis.

Co-Director of CSSGJ; Associate Professor

Vanessa Pupavac's research encompasses international human rights, children's rights, linguistic rights, humanitarian and development politics. In recent years she has been examining the international politics of trauma, that is, the influence of Western therapy culture on international aid policy and the rise of international psychosocial programmes. She is also currently examining international language rights and language politics. Her research is underpinned by an interest in contemporary subjectivity and the crisis of meaning in international politics.

Associate Professor

Tony Burns' research interests include the history of political thought and the Aristotelian natural law tradition. He has also recently started to research in the broad area of political theory and international relations. He has co-edited a volume entitled Global Justice and the Politics of Recognition (Palgrave, 2013). He has also contributed an article on citizenship and 'the right to have rights' in the thought of Aristotle, Hegel and Arendt to Gabriel R. Ricci ed., Culture and Civilization, Volume V, Cosmopolitanism and the Global Polity (Transaction, 2013). He is currently working on a book entitled Masters and Slaves: Social Institutions and the Politics of Recognition From Hegel to the Present.

Lecturer in International Relations

Catherine Gegout's major research interests are in international relations theories, ethics and European politics, with expertise in European foreign and security policies. More recently, her attention has focused upon European intervention in Africa.

Her recent publications include: 'Justice, Peace, and the International Criminal Court: Limits and Conditions for Effectiveness', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, n. 5, June 2013; 'Le Retrait de l’Europe et la Montée en Puissance de la Chine en Afrique : une Explication Réaliste' (or The Withdrawal of Europe, and the Rise of China in Africa: a Realist Explanation), for the Special Issue 'The EU in the New Balance of Powers', Politique Européenne, June 2013; "The West, Realism and Intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996-2006)", International Peacekeeping, Spring 2009. Her book on European Foreign and Security Policy: States, Power, Institutions was published with the University of Toronto Press in 2010.

Ben Holland

Lecturer in International Relations

Ben Holland's research is focused at the intersection between two of CSSGJ's main research priorities: political theory and international theory. He works on the history of political thought, particularly with respect to the history of ideas about inter-state relations. His current major project, nearing completion, concerns the idea of the state in the early-modern period, how states were described as 'persons', and the consequences that this had for thinking about the relations between states and prescriptions for just world orders. He is also interested in political theology and philosophical issues concerned with interpretation.

Mathew Humphrey

Professor of Political Theory

Professor Mathew Humphrey's research covers two themes in political theory. One area of work relates to environmental political thought and in particular questions of justification in relation to the direct action politics often pursued by green activists. How does green activism relate to conventional accounts of the norms of democratic politics and civil disobedience? How should we assess justice-based claims to the right to take direct action in 'defence' of the environment?

The second strand of work relates to political ideology and our understanding of how 'ordinary' political thinking flows through societies in texts, images, and forms of popular culture. Current work involves an analysis of the concept of 'authenticity' in this regard, and how this concept has been decontested and employed in a wide variety of ideological discourses.



Gulshan Ara Khan teaches political theory at the School of Politics and International Relations. She is interested in exploring the republican ideal of liberty as non-domination (politically, economically, and structurally) and exploring its implications for modern politics.

Chun-Yi Lee

Assistant Professor

Chun-Yi Lee's constant involvement in research testifies to her enthusiasm for and commitment to the field of Chinese studies, international relations and political economy. Her PhD study addresses the changing pattern of interaction between Taiwanese businessmen and the Chinese government. After receiving her PhD in 2008, Chun-Yi was working at Leiden University, Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC) in 2009 as a writing-up grant scholar. This grant facilitated Chun-Yi's book to be published by Routledge in 2011: Taiwanese Business or Chinese Security Asset. In 2010, Chun-Yi worked at University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany as a Post-doc.

Building on her PhD, currently Chun-Yi's research interest aims to investigate the influence of different foreign investors on Chinese workers and local governments. Along with Professor Andreas Bieler, Chun-Yi successfully received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for the project, 'Globalisation, national transformation and workers' rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy' from October 2011 till September 2014. In June 2013, Chun-Yi joined the University of Nottingham as a lecturer.


Roda Madziva

Research Fellow

Roda Madziva is a Leverhulme Research Fellow. Her research focuses on understanding the correlation between immigration policies and migrants' lived experiences. She is currently working with Professor Vivien Lowndes on the use of evidence in immigration policy, exploring the roles of expertise, expert knowledge and judgment in immigration controls and the ways in which diverse publics are imagined, constituted, engaged and mediated in immigration politics.

Chris Pierson

Professor of Politics

Chris Pierson has a keen interest in all aspects of property and politics and a continuing interest in aspects of the politics of social democracy and welfare.

Matthew Rendall

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Matthew Rendall works on the ethics of climate change, and issues in moral philosophy that inform the debate. He's proposed a solution to the non-identity problem, and defended the view that we could justifiably fund carbon mitigation by borrowing from future generations. Two as yet unpublished papers - 'F'SOT and Moral Mathematics' and 'Carbon Leakage and the Argument from No Difference' address the problems of imperceptible effects and causal over-determination. He is planning a book to show how consequentialist moral philosophy can give the weight to costs and benefits in the distant future, without entailing that we should be investing nearly all our income.

Lucy Sargisson

Professor of Utopian Studies

Lucy is a pioneer and advocate for the study of utopianism in the social sciences. Her work crosses many disciplines, always asking 'What's wrong with the world and how could we make it a better place?' and 'What's wrong with our society and what might happen if we don't change things?' Her recent research has included publications about religious fundamentalism, alternative lifestyles, intentional communities including ecovillages and cohousing.



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