Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice

Visiting Research Fellows


Joerg Nowak

Dr. Jörg Nowak was a Marie Curie Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham from 2017 to 2019. His current research (funded by the EU Commission) focuses on mass strikes in India's automobile industry and in Brazil's construction industry in the period between 2011 and 2014. The objective of the project is to analyse the forms of organisation that emerged in these strikes, at times in alliance with other social movements. Past research was about general strikes in Western Europe, transnational solidarity networks of workers, strategies of German trade unions against inequality and on state theory. My PhD thesis, published by Westfaelisches Dampfboot in German, is the first systematic comparison of Marxist and feminist state theories and analyses the turn in German gender policy in the early 2000s. Jörg is currently a Fellow at University College Dublin.


Giulia Gortanutti

Giulia Gortanutti (October 2016-January 2017) is based at Ruhr Universität Bochum. Her research looks at cross-organisational, cross-border cooperation between trade unions and social movements. Issues like transnational networking and alliance building have been receiving growing attention, particularly in correlation to union revitalisation, new social movements, and mobilisation against global economic integration. There has not been, however, a systematic theorisation of this process.

Her study focuses on the networks between German, French, and British trade unions and social movements against the Transnational Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Her aim is to employ qualitative methods in the form of a systematic process analysis and Social Network Analysis in order to assess 1) the factors influencing or hindering the emergence of a transnational alliance; 2) the cooperation and coordination mechanisms employed within the alliance; 3) the internal and external consequences of the cooperation.


Janne Mende

Janne Mende (September 2014) is a researcher at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (University of Kassel). Until recently, she was a lecturer for 'Globalization and Politics' and 'International Relations' at the University of Kassel. She conducted her PhD research on collective rights in the international human rights system, concentrating on the meanings and functions of identity, culture and indigeneity. Her previous study on universalism, cultural relativism and the controversy over female genital mutilation/cutting was published in 2011. Currently, she is examining the meaning of (transnational) non-state actors for the protection and the violation of human rights, concentrating on modern forms of slavery. Her research interests include political theory, international political theory, international relations, transnational norms and human rights.

Ezgi Pinar

Ezgi Pinar (January-June 2015) is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Political Science at Istanbul University. Whilst at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, her research looks at neo-liberal restructuring of the education sector in Turkey with a particular focus on the vocational and technical education. Vocational and technical education sector would be analysed as embedded in the general discussions of neoliberal restructuring of the state.

The role of the state has always been the thorniest issue in the discussions on neoliberal political economy and in the critical political economy and her research addresses these discussions. She tries to operate the concepts of capital accumulation regime, commodification, and accumulation by dispossession, relations of production while questioning the vocational and technical education policy in Turkey increasingly after 2000s. Furthermore, she attempts to question if the concepts of "commodification" and "hegemonic project" have an explanatory power in the analysis of education sector in Turkey. 


Sara de Jong 

Sara de Jong (February 2014) is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna, and a former PhD student at Nottingham. Her research focuses on issues of gender, migration and development. Sara contributed a post to the School of Politics and International Relations blog.

Piotr Machura

Piotr Machura (March 2014) is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. His research is concerned with virtue ethics and with developing an Aristotelian account of economics. While in Nottingham, Piotr worked on a paper about the political economy of the family.


Juan Grigera

Juan Grigera (19 November-15 December 2012) teaches History of Economic Thought at the University of Quilmes (Argentina) and Contemporary Problems on Argentine Economic History at the University of La Plata (Argentina), and is a fellow of the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET). His work on the Argentine 2001 crisis, ECLAC, deindustrialisation and class formation has been published in several journals. He is an active member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism and Nuevo Topo (Argentina) and has been involved in several social movements in Argentina.

Raphael Schlembach

Raphael Schlembach (March 2013) has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester and has since taught at the Universities of Manchester, Salford and Central Lancashire. He is currently preparing a book manuscript with the title Social Movements and Critical Theory. He has published, in activist and in academic journals, on European social movements both radical progressive (environmental direct action, alter-globalisation) and extreme nationalist (the German far right). He was also the founder and editor of the activist journal Shift Magazine


Ben Trott

Ben Trott (May 2012) defended his doctoral dissertation in Philosophy in 2012 before taking up a position as Postdoctoral Associate in the Literature Program at Duke University. His work examines class composition and political organisation in the global, post-Fordist era. He is an Editorial Board member of the eight volume, International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 - Present and Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, as well as a co-editor of Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements and a special issue of ephemera: theory and politics in organization on 'immaterial' and 'affective' labour. He co-founded and is a member of the Turbulence collective.

Tania Toffanin

Tania Toffanin (June 2012) is a Contract Lecturer in Gender and Work and the Sociology of Work at the University of Padova (Italy), after spending several years as a unionist in CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour). The focus of her visiting fellowship was the paper on "Reproducing Patriarchal Hegemony: The Gendered Division of Labour in Italy" (25 June 2012). Tania's research interests are related to theoretical issues and empirical findings on the gendered division of labour and the relationship between patriarchy and women’s condition with a diachronical and comparative approach.

The other focus of her work is the analysis of the Italian manufacturing structure with a specific focus on small business areas. She is publishing her MA degree thesis on homeworking in the small-scale shoe industry in the northeast of Italy. Her recent publications include: "The Role of Neoliberal Capitalism in Reproducing Gender Inequality in Italy", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19(3) 2011: 379–92 and "L'appalto e il decentramento produttivo: uno sguardo critico della sociologia economica", Il lavoro nella Giurisprudenza, 11(II) 2011: 10-16.

Previous Visiting Research Fellows

William E Connolly

William E Connolly

William E Connolly, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Politics and International Relations, John Hopkins University, and Jane Bennett, Professor of Political Theory, Johns Hopkins University, spent a week in the School of Politics and International Relations, as guests of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, in May 2007.

The highlight of Connolly's visit was the highly successful conference 'Pluralism and democracy: The 'radical pluralism' of William E. Connolly' with paper presentations that focussed on themes of Connolly’s work followed by his response. link to news page about the conference.

Together with the Institute for Science and Society (ISS), CSSGJ organised the conference 'Stemcell Identities, Governance and Ethics' (14 May 2007) with Jane Bennett as the keynote speaker.

Professor Connolly is one of North America's best-known and most widely-respected political theorists. He is a former editor of Political Theory, arguably the foremost journal in the world for the discipline of political theory. His many publications include:

  • Political Science and Ideology (1967, 2006)
  • The Terms of Political Discourse (1974)
  • The Politicized Economy (1976) (co-authored with Michael H. Best)
  • Appearance and Reality in Politics (1981)
  • Politics and Ambiguity (1987)
  • Political Theory and Modernity (1988)
  • Identity Difference: Democratic Negotiations of Political Paradox (1991)
  • The Augustinian Imperative: A Reflection on the Politics of Morality (1993)
  • The Ethos of Pluralization (1995)
  • Why I Am Not A Secularist (1999)
  • Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed (2002)
  • Pluralism (2005)

He is also editor or joint editor of The Bias of Pluralism (1969); Social Structure and Political Theory (1974) (co-edited with Glen Gordon); Legitimacy and the State (1984); Contestations, a book series for Cornell University Press; and Democracy and Vision: Sheldon Wolin and the Vicissitudes of the Political (2001).

Professor Bennett

Professor Bennett

Professor Bennett has written extensively on the relation Professor Bennettbetween politics, nature and ethics.  Her publications include:

  • The Enchantment of Modernity: Crossings, Energetics, and Ethics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001)
  • Thoreau's Nature: Ethics, Politics, and The Wild  (London: Sage, 1994) (Modernity and Political Thought Series, Volume 7)
  • Unthinking Faith and Enlightenment: Nature and the State in a Post-Hegelian Era (New York University Press, 1987)

She is the editor, with Michael Shapiro, of The Politics of Moralizing (Routledge, 2002) and, with William Chaloupka, of In the Nature of Things: Language, Politics and the Environment  (University of Minnesota Press, 1993)

Professor Michele Micheletti

Professor Michele Micheletti

Professor Michele Micheletti (Karlstadts University, Sweden), who is an international authority on political consumption, visited the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice for one week in November 2006 and gave presentations to CSSGJ students, the School of Politics and ICCR.

Her publications on Political Consumerism include:

Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (New York: Palgrave, 2003)

Politics, Products, and Markets Exploring Political Consumerism Past and Present, (eds. by M. Micheletti, A. Follesdal, and D. Stolle. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2003 and 2006)

"Politics in the Supermarket: Political Consumerism as a Form of Political Participation" (together with Dietlind Stolle and Marc Hooghe), (International Political Science Review 26 (3) (2005): 245-269)

"The Moral Force of Consumption and Capitalism: Anti-Slavery and Anti-Slavery," (in Citizenship and Consumption, edited by K. Soper and F. Trentmann. London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2007)



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