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Mathew Humphrey

Professor of Political Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Professor of Political Theory and Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies.

DPhil, Nuffield College, Oxford 1998

MPhil, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1995

BSc. Economics and Politics (1st Class Hons), Bath, 1993

Expertise Summary

I teach across three different areas of political theory. Firstly with regard to the theory of environmental politics, secondly on analytical political philosophy and theories of justice, and finally on theories of ideology.

Modules taught include:

M14125/M14225 Justice Beyond Borders

M12037 Approaches to Politics and International Relations

M13086 Global Justice

M13125 Nature, Ecology, and Political Thought

M13011 Ideologies and Everyday Life

M12013 Anglo-American Political Philosophy

M14108/M14109 The Politics of Climate Change

Research Summary

My current research involves the conceptual analysis of ideological discourse, in particular the study of political ideas as they operate at the 'everyday' level. Recent work in this field includes a… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

My current research involves the conceptual analysis of ideological discourse, in particular the study of political ideas as they operate at the 'everyday' level. Recent work in this field includes a conceptual history of the idea of 'authenticity' across various domains, and an analysis of crowd-sourced comments and images on key political concepts such as justice, freedom, and community. Publications include:

  1. Humphrey, M., Umbach, M & Clulow, Z. (forthcoming 2019) 'The Political is Personal: An Analysis of Crowd-Sourced Political Ideas and Images from a Massive Open Online Course' Journal of Political Ideologies 24(2)
  2. Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept London: Palgrave Pivot (Jan 2018) ISBN: 978-3-319-68565-6 (50% with M. Umbach).

From 2015-2017 I was also a lead-educator on a 'Massive Open Online Course' Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life, convened in conjunction with The British Library.

My other main area of interest is in environmental politics. I currently have two projects running in this area.

1. I lead the UoN Social Science strand for 'ENOS: Enabling Onshore CO2 Storage in Europe'. This is a multidisciplinary Euro12.3m Horizon 2020 funded project working with partners in The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic and elsewhere, working to test the viability of onshore CO2 storage technology, from experimental work to pilot sites.

2. The second area of work explores public attitudes to shale gas in the UK. University of Nottingham surveys on public attitudes to shale gas have been running since 2012 and have featured prominently media stories about shale gas development.

I am Co-director of The Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies (CSPI), established with Michael Freeden and Maiken Umbach in 2013. Viewing ideology as neither (necessarily) a form of false consciousness, nor as rigid, doctrinaire political thinking, but rather as a term for structured patterns of political concepts that help people to make sense of the world around them, we are engaged with a number of research projects relating to 'vernacular' forms of political thinking. This includes comparative work with colleagues in the North America and China.

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