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Tim Hayward

Tim Hayward
Professor Tim Hayward
Professor of Environmental Political Theory; Director of the Just World Institute.
3.09 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4238
Research Interests
Global justice, political theory, Human rights, environmental values, fairness, Political philosophy

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday 4:10-5:00. To book an appointment:

Research Interests 

A main aim is to integrate environmental considerations into social and political theory.  A current project is on Global Justice and Human Rights from an Ecological Perspective. I also work on the concept of rights.  Currently I am building an interdisciplinary research programme centred on applied investigations of fairness. 

My research roles at Edinburgh include being Director of the Just World Institute and a member of the Political Theory Research Group. Beyond Edinburgh, I maintain the Political Theory Email List and its Facebook group.

My personal webpage has occasional blogs on matters to do with ethics and political philosophy.  See also my pages on and Google Scholar.

PhD Supervision

I can offer PhD supervision in most areas of contemporary political theory/philosophy. Especially welcome are applications in the field of international political theory and/or environmental and/or rights theory. (I am one of six political philosophers based in Politics & IR.)



Recent articles

For my most recent articles and papers, please visit my Academia page

Earlier articles, book chapters, and other publications can be found here.

Topics interested in supervising

political philosophy; global justice; human rights; environmental rights; rights theory; ecological debt; environmental security; dialectical theory; ethics and international affairs; fairness; finance; practical epistemics and investigative citizenship

If you are interested in being supervised by Tim Hayward, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Political Theory