School of Social and Political Science

Professor Tim Hayward

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Professor of Environmental Political Theory

Tim Hayward portrait Feb 2023

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Social philosophy, Epistemic diligence, Fairness

Previous work aimed to integrate environmental considerations into social and political theory. A recent project led to a book on Global Justice and Finance. (Other work currently on hold includes Global Justice and Human Rights from an Ecological Perspective, and an interdisciplinary research programme centred on applied investigations of fairness.) 

Current research focuses on the 'epistemic crisis' in political communications in Western societies, and aims to develop an ethic of epistemic due diligence. This would apply particularly with regard to the humanitarian pretext for controversial policy decisions.

At Edinburgh I am a member of the Political Theory Research Group. Beyond Edinburgh, I maintain the Political Theory Email List and its Facebook group.

My personal webpage features occasional blogposts on matters to do with ethics, political philosophy and critical citizenship.  

PhD Supervision

I can offer PhD supervision in the research areas indicated above. (I am one of six political philosophers based in Politics & IR.)

Topics interested in supervising: linkages of global justice, human rights & ecological debt; ethics and international affairs, particularly the determinants of international norms; applied epistemology, particularly in relation to major contemporary controversies.

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

Staff Hours and Guidance

Currently I am meeting students by appointment at mutually convenient times. Please email to arrange a meeting.