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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


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  • Andrea Birdsall completed her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh on the international politics of judicial intervention. Her main research interests lie in the interplay between International Relations and International Law with a particular focus on human rights, international criminal justice and global governance. Her research focuses on the impact of human rights on national and international security considerations by looking at contentious issues related to the so-called 'war on terror'.
  • Elizabeth Cripps is a Senior Lecturer in political theory and the author of Climate Change and the Moral Agent: Individual Duties in an Interdependent World (OUP, 2013). She joined Edinburgh University in 2008 following a PhD in Philosophy at University College London, and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship  from 2009 to 2012 for a project on Collective Action, Collective Responsibility and a New Environmental Ethics. Her principal teaching field is political philosophy/political theory, specialising in global and environmental justice.
  • Tim Hayward is Professor of Environmental Political Theory. His current research examines the relation between human rights and global justice, with a particular focus on natural resource issues and the concept of ecological debt. He is Director of the Just World Institute. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals including the Journal of International Political Theory, co-founder of the Political Studies Association's Global Justice and Human Rights Specialist Group, and maintains the Political Theory Email List.
  • Kieran Oberman is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is international justice and, in particular, the ethics of immigration policy and just war theory.  His recent academic publications have appeared in Ethics, Political Studies and Res Publica. He also writes for a wider audience, connecting political philosophy to current political events; see, for instance, his articles for the Just World Institute. His current research working papers can be found on his profile pages on and ssrn.
  • Mathias Thaler is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory. His main research interest is in contemporary political theory. He is currently working on a judgment-based approach to understanding, critiquing and reforming notions of political violence. This project has been supported by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (2013-2017). Thaler’s recent publications have appeared in Analyse & Kritik, Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy & Social Criticism. He is the author of Moralische Politik oder politische Moral? Eine Analyse aktueller Debatten zur internationalen Gerechtigkeit (2008). For more information on his research interests, please consult his website.
  • Mihaela Mihai is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory. Her  research interests cut across political theory, political science and law. More precisely, she is interested in political emotions, political judgment, the politics of memory, art and politics, gender, and theories of oppression. She has published one monograph and two edited volumes, as well as numerous articles in journals such as Political Theory, Journal of Political philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Constellations, Ratio Juris, and many others.

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