Research Interests

Integrating environmental values and perspectives into social and political theory has been a longstanding interest: from my first ever article on Ecosocialism, through the books Ecological Thought, Political Theory and Ecological Values and the project on Constitutional Environmental Rights, to, most recently, a project (in progress) on Global Justice: An Ecological Perspective.  Currently I am also revisiting the environmental rights theme as I prepare a four volume collection on Human Rights and the Environment for Routledge. Some of my work could be considered as belonging to environmental ethics (see, for instance, my review essay in the journal Nature: Climate Change on ‘Climate Change and Ethics’).

I have also always been fascinated – as well as vexed – by rights theory.  A book on this is taking shape in the background, and an early glimpse of some of the thinking is the paper ‘On Prepositional Duties’ published in the journal Ethics.

Currently I am completing a book on Global Justice and Finance which looks critically at the assumptions political theorists make about money when deciding how it should justly be used or distributed. (An informal overview of the book is here.)

Other projects at various stages of progress include: an interdisciplinary project on fairness as an idea that spans many disciplines and areas of practice; a short book on A Theory of Bullshit (see the taster here); a collaborative and historically orientated study of philosophers and financiers; and I am thinking about turning my recent blogs on How We Were Misled About Syria into a short book for a non-academic audience.

Since 2018 I have been a member of the international academic working group Syria, Propaganda and Media. In this connection I am currently researching elements of a methodology for applied epistemology, particularly in relation to knowledge of contemporary events in areas of geopolitical contestation, like Syria.

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