The Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory

Welcome to CONCEPT

The Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory (CONCEPT) was launched in 2010 to encourage and promote the school's research in normative political theory. This explores questions about how political arrangements ought to be, for example how a society's main institutions ought to be organised, what kinds of values and principles should be adopted, or how political choices should be made.

CONCEPT has moved several events online since March, and these have included a workshop on Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)’s book on populism; several more, such as our event with David Runciman (Cambridge University and the Talking Politics podcast) co-organised with the Institute for Policy and Engagement, will be rescheduled in the new year.

CONCEPT strives for diversity and inclusivity and sets out each year to put together a programme of activities sensitive to equity with respect to gender, age, race and sexual orientation.

CONCEPT counts among its members a number of PhD students working on political theory. All are welcome to participate in the life of the Centre, including by giving research presentations, etc.

Nottingham has a large and active community of scholars working in this area, incorporating both staff and research students. Work ranges across areas such as property, justice in education, environmental ethics, the politics of recognition, utopian politics, democratic theory, and intergenerational justice. We particularly welcome applications from potential research students to work with us in any area of normative political thought. 


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School of Politics and International Relations
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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