The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Tim Gray

Senior Research Investigator


Roles and Responsibilities

I am an Emeritus Professor of Political Thought employed as a Senior Research Investigator by Newcastle University in the Politics division of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology on a part-time basis to carry out research and doctoral supervision.


Research Interests

I began my academic career as a political theorist in 1963, and developed an interest in environmental politics during the 1990s. I have authored/co-authored 5 books and 13 articles/chapters in political thought, and authored/co-authored/edited 9 books and 53 articles/chapters in environmental politics. The topics of the publications on environmental politics include temperate and tropical fisheries management; the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy; fisheries-dependent communities; fishers’ knowledge and scientific knowledge; discourses in fisheries politics; stakeholder participation in fisheries governance; discard policies; coral reef fisheries management; governance of marine protected areas; distributive justice and fishing opportunities; international whaling politics; water and sanitation politics; politics of genetic resources; population policy; the environmental  movement; environment agencies; windfarm siting policy; international environmental moratoria; and minewater pollution remediation policy.    



I no longer have any undergraduate teaching duties, but I do periodically supervise dissertations by undergraduates and Masters’ students and I co-supervise PhD students.  I have supervised/co-supervised 34 PhD students and seven MPhil students to completion, and I am currently co-supervising six PhD students. Sixteen of the 34 PhD I have supervised/co-supervised students have held ESRC/NERC studentship awards.