Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice


Andreas Bieler

Andreas Bieler

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.


Vanessa Pupavac

Co-Director of CSSGJ; Associate Professor of Politics

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.


Tony Burns

Tony Burns

Professor of Political Theory

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.



Catherine Gegout

Associate Professor 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

Ben Holland

Associate Professor 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

Mat 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 Khan

Gulshan Khan

Assistant Professor of Political Theory

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

Chun-Yi Lee

Associate Professor of International Relations

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.



Carole Spary

Associate Professor of Politics

Carole Spary's research covers electoral politics in India, specifically in terms of gender representation and equality. Othewr topics include gender mainstreaming in development planning, and mpowerment and micro-credit programmes. She currently  convenes the third year undergraduate and MA modules 'Gender and Development', and the MA module 'Global Asia' and teaches on the first year undergraduate modules 'Introduction to Comparative Politics' and the 'Making of Modern Asia', thus covering a wide remit in Asian politics and wider society.


Helen McCabe

Assistant Professor in Political Theory

Helen is currently an AHRC Fellow with "To Have and to Hold", a project about forced marriage and modern slavery. She currently leads the work on forced marriage in the Rights Lab, a University of Nottingham Beacon Research of Excellence (I am part of the Law and Policy Programme).

Helen is also the Principal Investigator on project funded by the AHRC GCRF Network+ Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network (at the University of Liverpool), in collaboration with Against Human Trafficking Kenya and World Reader.

In October 2020 she won a UKRI-funded ESRC COVID-19 Rapid-Response grant looking at the impact of COVID-19 and COVID-related decision-making on people already experiencing, or vulnerable to, forced marriage in the UK. Helen's previous research was in the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill, especially his connections to pre-Marxist socialism.


Matthew Rendall

Matthew Rendall

Assistant Professor 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 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.



Oliver Dodd

Oliver Dodd

Oliver Dodd is an ESRC sponsored PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations where he is the seminar convenor for the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) and a member of the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST).

Prior to undertaking his PhD, Oliver received a BA in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction) from University of Nottingham, and an MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from University of Nottingham.

Oliver was awarded the 2019 MA dissertation prize for the highest graded dissertation by the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST). In that MA dissertation, Oliver analysed Colombia’s armed conflict and 2016 peace agreement, while seeking to interrelate (counter-)insurgency theory and practice with political-economic developments. Oliver has also conducted ethnographic research in key areas of Colombia’s armed conflict. He continues to analyse Colombia's armed conflict and peacemaking experiences. 




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