Political Theory Research Group

The Political Theory Research Group supports individual and collaborative research projects in key areas of contemporary political theory. Based in Politics and International Relations, our academic staff and postgraduates engage with others across the university who share interests in legal, moral and social philosophy.

At our weekly research seminar we discuss pre-circulated papers by members and visiting speakers (including Jeff McMahan, Simon Caney, John Dryzek, Katrin Flikschuh, Axel Gosseries, Alf Hornborg, David Luban, Judith Lichtenberg, Susan Mendus, Henry Shue, and Adam Swift). Some more recent papers are available as Just World Institute Working Papers.

We are also active in national and international professional associations and networks. Our members are involved in organising the ECPR International Political Theory Standing Group, the PSA's Global Justice and Human Rights Specialist Group, the Northern Political Theory Association, and the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy. We maintain the UK Political Theory Email List, and our members are on boards of numerous leading international journals.

Our Research and Publications focus on International Political Theory • Environmental Political Theory • Climate Justice and Ethics  Social Justice Political Theory and Public Affairs Human Rights Ethics of War International Relations Theory  • The Moral and Political Status of Children. Members have won research grants from ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, Marie Curie, the European Commission and the British Academy; our postgrads have achieved scholarships from these and other bodies including AHRC and ESRC.

We welcome inquiries from prospective postgraduate students, postdoctoral and visiting fellows, and anyone interested in learning more about our research.

Our Edinburgh PhD in Political Theory website provides more information on doing a political philosophy PhD at Edinburgh, including details of who you can work with and testimonials from past students.

Forthcoming events

The programme for the 2018-2019 seminar series can be found here.

Unless stated otherwise, seminars take place on Wednesdays 3-4.30pm. Papers are normally pre-circulated. To be on the email list to receive papers, please contact the convener.

A summary of past seminars can be found on the Just World Institute blog.