The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy

Research Cluster

The Newcastle Political Philosophy Group is one of the largest groups of contemporary political philosophers in the UK.

We have six analytical political philosophers (Prof. Derek Bell, Dr. Stephen Elstub, Prof. Peter Jones, Dr. Graham Long, Dr. Ian O’Flynn, and Dr. Andrew Walton) and three staff working in the continental tradition (Prof. Hartmut Behr, Dr. Martin Coward, and Dr. Jemima Repo).

The group’s members currently co-supervise 18 PhD students within and beyond political philosophy and lead MA programmes in International Politics: Global Justice and Ethics and International Studies.

We have particular research strengths in global justice and deliberative democracy. Our aim is to produce world-leading philosophical research that helps us to better understand and address global societal challenges, including:

  • poverty
  • climate change
  • war and peace
  • terrorism and security
  • religious, ethnic and cultural divisions
  • the politics of gender
  • the ethics of global trade

We hold a fortnightly seminar series (Monday 14.00-15.30) where we host visiting speakers and present our work in progress to the group. We hold joint seminars with the Political Philosophy group at Durham University four times each year. We also organise special events.

We welcome applications for post-doctoral and postgraduate research in most areas of contemporary political philosophy. Details of funding opportunities for post-doctoral research.

Further information on applying to study for an MPhil or PhD.

For further information contact the Political Philosophy Group Co-ordinator, Prof Derek Bell.


Staff involved in working within this research cluster are listed below.

StaffList: Political Philosophy

Professor Derek Bell
Professor Environmental Political Theory

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7465

Mary Hull
Teaching Assistant

Meera Inglis

Professor Peter Jones
Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7528

Dr Graham Long
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7566

Chris Mullin

Dr Ian O'Flynn
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2087507

Dr Jemima Repo
Lecturer in the Politics of Gender

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3926

Fabian Stroetges
Teaching Assistant

Dr Jo Swaffield
Research Excellence Academy Fellow

Dr Andrew Walton
Lecturer in Political Philosophy

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5554


Projects being worked on as part of this research cluster are listed below.

Postgraduates' Projects

Our postgraduates are working on diverse subjects within this research cluster.

Jayne Carrick Improving the legitimacy of the consenting process for marine renewable energy projects by participatory Bayesian Belief Network modelling of ecological and socio-economic data
Thomas Liljedahl Accommodating plurality. How to best meet the challenges of diverse society