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Uri Gordon

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



I received my BA from Tel Aviv University in 2000, and my DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2006.

Having taught at Israeli universities and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, I moved to the UK in 2012 to teach poltiics at Loughborough University.

During 2016 I am a teaching fellow at the School

Expertise Summary

Methodologically, I specialize in the interface between political theory and participant observation, using analytical tools to support the discussions I encounter in social movements. Substantively, I am interested in radical political philosophies and ideologies - environmentalism, feminism and anarchism - and in bringing the insights of activists to bear on theoretical debates surrounding them.

Teaching Summary

This year I am teaching seminars in the modules:

  • Social and Global Justice
  • Approaches to Politics and International Relations
  • Democracy and its Critics
  • Modern Political Theory

As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy I am enthusiastic about teaching excellence and continue to improve my practice, especially learning from students' and colleagues' feedback.

Research Summary

Revolution in anarchist ideology

As part of an edited collection offering a conceptual approach to anarchist ideology, I am working on an account of the term Revolution and its functioning in anarchism's conceptual morphology. This includes unpacking distinctions between revolution and reform and between political and social revolution, as well as looking at internal tensions within anarchism between views of revolution as process, event, or both.

Degrowth, Transition and radical politics

I am interested in revitalising the discussions around the political underpinnings of ecological economics and the growing interest in "degrowth" and "transition" as strategies for genuine sustainability. Despite widespread debate, the idea of degrowth is often decoupled from egalitarian and anti-hierarchical agendas, despite being partly rooted in them intellectually. I am trying to understand the reasons for this, as well as to introduce corrective theoretical intervention that will make these approaches more attuned to their possible radical implications.

Past Research

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