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  • Brian Black

    Brian Black

    I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as theory and methods in Religious Studies. I am author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanishads (http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61397) and co-editor of the book Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (with Simon Brodbeck; http://www.routledge.com/books/Gender-and-Narrative-in-the-Mahabharata-isbn9780415544719). I am currently doing research on Indian secularism and ethics in Indian philosophy.  My primary areas of research are: HinduismBuddhismIndian PhilosophyDialogue in Indian religious and philosophical traditionsIndian EthicsMulticulturalism, social justice, and secularism in South AsiaGender in Indian religion and philosophy Current Projects I recently co-organised an international conference: 'Asian Values and Social Justice' (26-28 September 2011). For more details, please see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/event/3715/ I am currently writing two articles on ethics in Indian philosophy
  • Sam Clark

    Sam Clark

    I work on the nature, conditions, and ethical significance of human well-being (aka welfare, the good life), and on various kinds of literary text - utopias, dialogues, autobiographies - which investigate these issues. I am particularly interested in the shape of good lives in time, and in the lives and well-being of soldiers and other ascetics. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res Publica, Philosophy, Inquiry, Ratio, and Hume Studies.
  • Rachel Cooper

    Rachel Cooper

    My major research interests lie within the philosophy of science and medicine, especially philosophy of psychiatry. My research focusses on conceptual problems around psychiatric classification, and on understanding concepts of disorder and health. My most recent book, Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014), has just been published, and examine issues with the DSM-5, the latest edition of the classification of mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. My earlier monograph Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005) also concerns philosophical problems with psychiatric classification.  I am also very interested in problems having to do with the concept of disorder. I am trying to work out what makes a condition count as a disorder, as opposed to a moral failing, or normal variation. I have written widely on this problem, and hope to finish off a book on the issue in the next couple of years. My other major publications include Psychiatry and the Philosophy of Science (2007, Acumen) which examines the ways in which psychiatric science is like and unlike more established sciences.
  • Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson

    Ever since A-level studies in Sociology and Religion I've been fascinated by the interface of religion and modern society. Originally explored through the academic study of Christianity in South America, I now also engage this interface through the discourse and practice of minority religions and nonmainstream religiosity across Europe and North America.
  • Karolina Follis

    Karolina Follis

    I am a political anthropologist interested in borders, citizenship and non-citizenship, human rights and new security technologies. I study the European Union, in particular its governance of justice and home affairs, including immigration and asylum. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Poland and Ukraine to understand the human consequences of the transformation of the border between those two countries into an external border of the EU. The outcome of this project is my book Building Fortress Europe. The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. My current research follows up on these interests, encompassing projects which concern maritime migration across the Mediterranean, accounting for human rights breaches in Europe, and digital rebordering and cybersecurity.
  • Mark Garnett

    Mark Garnett

    My research is chiefly concerned with UK Politics, with particular reference to the relationship between ideas and practice; the Conservative Party; and think tanks. I am currently working on books concerning British Foreign Policy (with Simon Mabon and Robert Smith), and the coalition government (with Pete Dorey).
  • Basil Germond

    Basil Germond

    I am Lecturer in Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations Theories, and Programme Director for our MAs in Diplomacy (including distance-learning). I am specialised in naval affairs, maritime security and maritime geopolitics, as well as in European security and the geopolitical actorness of the EU. My research interests cover the maritime dimension of the European Union, maritime security, current naval developments, maritime strategy and maritime geopolitics, the European Union's geopolitics (including its geopolitical vision and discourse), energy security and the Arctic region, and borders and frontiers in IR. I am a member of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) with a research project that tackles maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe, and of Security Lancaster (contribution to projects on maritime security).  
  • Robert Geyer

    Robert Geyer

    My research interests have evolved in several directions. My main focus is on complexity theory and public policy. My recent book publications, including co-authored and co-edited books, are Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy, 2014; Complexity and Public Policy, 2010; Complexity, Science and Society, 2007 and Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster, 2007. I have also written various articles in this field and have featured in six short films: Introduction to the film series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9lbEPWbZoComplexity and public policy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wz6RIHu83kMoving from complexity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zz2w5zRYjsComplexity and the Stacey Diagram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10sTkUlylGI Complexity and health an interview with Dr Samir Rihani http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyuVDo1DmBIComplexity and social policy an interview with Professor Eileen Munro, author of the influential Munro Review of Child Protection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3n9cWLuGXg My other core area of research is in EU social and health policy with a particular emphasis on drug advertising policy. My key publications include a co-authored book, Integrating UK and European Social Policy, 2005 and single authored book Exploring European Social Policy, 2000 and a number of related articles. My other areas of interest are in international political economy, Scandinavian social democracy, European politics in general.  
  • Julie Hearn

    Julie Hearn

    Within critical development studies, her research interests include the international politics of aid, civil society, social movements and migrant workers within the historic and contemporary context of North-South relations. Her research interests have evolved in three main directions: the global political economy of civil society in African countries; the labour movement in Argentina; and trade union mobilization among low paid Latin American migrant workers in London.
  • Laurence Hemming

    Laurence Hemming

    Martin Heidegger's thought, especially from the period 1936–1949; Heidegger's discussion of Karl Marx; Heidegger's reading of Hölderlin as an interpreter of Sophocles, Pindar and Homer; G. W. F. Hegel's earlier thought (in the ‘Jena period'); Hegel's understanding of the family, work, and the state; philosophical conceptions of work and technology; presocratic Greek thought; philosophies of subjectivity; the philosophy of management.
  • Gavin Hyman

    Gavin Hyman

    Continental philosophy and religious thought, especially debates in contemporary theology between 'radical orthodoxy' and 'secular theology'; the dialectical tradition in philosophy and theology (Hegel and post-Hegelian thinkers such as Gillian Rose, Charles Taylor, Rowan Williams and Slavoj Zizek); religion and psychoanalytic thought (especially in the work of Freud and Michel de Certeau); religion and political thought, particularly the origins and development of the Christian Socialist tradition; the philosophical and cultural history of atheism and secularism; contemporary debates on the nature of atheism and secularism.
  • Anderson Jeremiah

    Anderson Jeremiah

    My research develops a localised perspective of the growth and expansion of Global Christianity. From anthropological and sociological perspectives I accentuate the heterogeneity and plurality of lived Christian experience in different contexts, thus bringing to focus the interface between culture, worldview and belief. I am also increasingly interested in the impact of globalisation and migration on religious belonging and the resulting changes on contemporary Christianity. Within the broad academic research on the hybridisation of religion, I particularly work on Christianity, with special interest in the social and political implications of Christian growth particularly in Asia and Africa.
  • Matthew Johnson

    Matthew Johnson

    I have an eclectic range of research interests broadly converging around the politics of cultural diversity and the relationship between culture, wellbeing, institutions and circumstance. I have written about such topics in EthnicitiesSocial Indicators ResearchEducational TheoryCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and Journal of Medical Ethics, my edited book, The Legacy of Marxism (Continuum), and my monograph, Evaluating Culture: Wellbeing, Institutions and Circumstance(Palgrave). I am founding editor of the journal, Global Discourse, which is published quarterly by Taylor and Francis and have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York. I am currently developing a participatory project entitled A Cross-Cultural Working Group on ‘Good Culture' and Precariousness, which involves non-academic community co-researchers from Ashington, a former coalmining community in my native North East of England, and Aboriginal Australian communities from around Brisbane, Australia, working together through exchanges to each other's communities to examine and develop guidelines for ‘good' cultural responses to precariousness. The project is funded by a philanthropic foundation. A Lancaster University Knowledge Exchange Fellowship is funding Roger Appleton of Brightmoon Media to film a documentary on the project.
  • Sossie Kasbarian

    Sossie Kasbarian

    My research interests and publications broadly span Diaspora studies; contemporary Middle East politics and society; nationalism, identity and ethnicity; minority communities in the Middle East.    
  • Koko Kawanami

    Koko Kawanami

    I am a social anthropologist and Buddhist studies scholar interested in gender and religion, dissemination of knowledge and moral values, social justice and wellbeing, charismatic power(s) of monastic practitioners, and more recently on how natural disasters have affected Buddhist communities and their interactions with both local and international humanitarian organisations in creating civil society. I am fluent in vernacular Myanmar and Japanese (my first degree was in Spanish though) and have conducted research on the Buddhist monastic community in Myanmar for the last 25 years. My most recent publication is Renunciation and Empowerment of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar-Burma (2013 Brill) http://www.brill.com/renunciation-and-empowerment-buddhist-nuns-myanmar-burma
  • Kim Knott

    Kim Knott

    I have developed a spatial methodology for contextualising religion, examining its engagement with other social and cultural institutions and issues, and for "breaking open the secular". I have used it to examine religious and secular beliefs and values in diverse locations. I am currently a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow researching the role of ideologies, beliefs and commitments in people's motivations and justifications for violent and non-violent action at times of risk and uncertainty. My research interests include the theorization of space and place; the interrogation of religious and political spaces; spatial metaphors in religious and political discourse; the relationship between religion and non-religion; the 'secular sacred'; media representations of religion; and religion and its intersections with migration, diasporas, diversity and ethnicity.
  • Mark Lacy

    Mark Lacy

      In 2014 my book Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking with Virilio was published. The book examines the work of Paul Virilio, a French urbanist and philosopher who has written since the 1970s on war, security, cities and politics: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415576048/ My current research projects are: 'Event Management': new technologies and urban conflict in Dhaka. This project examines the new terrains of policing and protest in Bangladesh. The project is based primarily on interviews and fieldwork in Dhaka. The first fieldwork trip took place in January 2014. Digital Insecurity and the Smart City. This project investigates emerging vulnerabilities and fragilities in the emergence of smart, networked cities. The project has involved a number of workshops and reports:http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/65272/1/Future_of_the_digital_distrupter_final.pdf . The aim is to draw together the conclusions of the work in a book length monograph on cybersecurity, cities and conflict. Walter Benjamin and World Politics. Building out of my work on Virilio, this project examines the work of the German philosopher and cultural critic, exploring his relevance to contemporary debates about politics, violence, art and religion. I am theme lead for Security Futures: Security Futures is an interdisciplinary space to examine the ethical, economic, legal and technical implications of new technologies - to identify new areas of research and to examine the optimism or fear in debates over emerging trends and moral panics about new technologies. I am the lead editor in the Routledge book series, Conflict, Security and Technology: http://www.routledge.com/books/series/CST/
  • Mairi Levitt

    Mairi Levitt

    My research is in the field of  bioethics, especially focused on the ethical and social implications of genetics and medical technologies. I am interested in public perceptions of genetic research and technologies, including children and young people's perceptions  as well as those of adults and experts.  My recent research and publications include the ethics of 'making better humans', the relevance of 'criminal genes' to professional practice, children on the National DNA database and lay perceptions of nature and nurture and their role in behaviour. I am interested in the way health policy and information is communicated to publics, for example, in health promotion.   My second research area, which is related to lay people's ethics and to education, is focused on religiosity and religious education in schools.
  • Simon Mabon

    Simon Mabon

    My research interests fall within the International Relations of the  Middle East and are driven by the interaction of three themes: Religion and  Legitimacy; Contested Sovereignty; and Political Violence. I am especially interested in the following areas: Sovereignty in the Middle EastSectarianismPolitical Islam(s)The post Arab Uprisings Middle EastGulf politicsGulf securityState-society relations  My current research explores the interaction of these themes. My next monograph will explore the fragmentation of state-society relations in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East.  
  • Christopher Macleod

    Christopher Macleod

  • Christopher May

    Christopher May

    While still interested in the law and the normative role of legislation and its justification, my ongoing research will now look at the discourse of the Rule of Law and its function as the 'common-sense' of global politics. This builds on sectoral work on capacity building and technical assistance that I conducted in relation to IPRs. However, this new research seeks to understand the inculcation of the norm in policy actors, as well as identifying the mechanisms and processes of normative reproduction. Alongside this work, I will also be looking to establish a genealogical perspective on the norm of the Rule of Law itself, stretching back to its (relatively) formal origin in the twelfth century (and possibly beyond).
  • Thomas Mills

    Thomas Mills

    My research lies in the field of international relations in the twentieth century, with particular interests in US foreign policy towards Latin America and diplomatic relations between the US and Great Britain. My recent book, Post-War Planning on the Periphery, explored Anglo-American relations in South America during the Second World War in the broader context of the post-war economic diplomacy undertaken by the wartime allies. My current research projects include a collaborative project exploring Anglo-American relations in Latin America throughout the 20th century; an exploration of the role of British and American business groups in economic diplomacy; and a project exploring Britain's emerging role in Latin America at the turn of the 21st century.
  • Amalendu Misra

    Amalendu Misra

    My current preoccupation concerns interrogation of violence in the political process. There are three interrelated intellectual queries I am pursuing while using violence as the abiding theme. The first one examines the Politics of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts. The second one evaluates the Role of Violence in the Sacred. And the third one explores ways of Managing Violence in Post-Conflict Societies. My other subsidiary research interests are: ethno-politics; conservative nationalism; religious radicalism; and peace-building in deeply divided societies.
  • Roger Haydon Mitchell

    Roger Haydon Mitchell

    Research Interests Political theology, theopolitics of the left and applied kenotics. The development and testing of kenarchy, an inclusive, incarnational, love-based politics for peace. http://lancaster.academia.edu/RogerHaydonMitchell
  • Kunal Mukherjee

    Kunal Mukherjee

    Kunal's research interests revolve primarily around contemporary Islamist Movements, Religion and Politics, Global Security, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, International Relations of South Asia and Contemporary China.
  • Shuruq Naguib

    Shuruq Naguib

    I received my PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Manchester, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. My research covers two key strands: the classical and pre-modern intellectual and textual traditions, particularly Qur'an hermeneutics and ritual law; and Muslim responses to modernity, with a focus on how twentieth century and contemporary Muslim women scholars read the tradition to intellectually and socially develop their religious authority as knowers of the tradition. I have written on ritual purity, metaphor in post-classical Qur'an interpretation and Arabic rhetoric, feminist hermeneutics of the Qur'an, and contemporary female exegetes and jurists in Islam. In recent years, I have developed an interest in Islam in Britain, co-authoring a study of change in conceptions of God in modern Britain and leading a research project entitled Muslim Women Reading Religious Texts in Britain and Egypt (2010-2011). The project investigated how core Islamic texts are read by ‘ordinary' Muslim women in light of their contexts.  I have also been involved in supporting Islamic studies in the UK through my work with HEFCE's Islamic Studies Network until 2012, and currently through my capacity as interim Co-chair of the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS).
  • Astrid Nordin

    Astrid Nordin

    My research interests fall in the intersection of contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, broadly conceived, and critical theories of global politics. I am particularly interested in the contemporary deployment of concepts drawn from Chinese history, such as harmony (hexie), civilisation (wenming), hegemony (baquan), or All-under-heaven (Tianxia), and their relation to contemporary continental philosophy, particularly the thought of Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida. Within this scope I have written on alternative conceptions of time, space and world order; the politics of mega events (particularly Expo 2010 Shanghai China); Chinese censorship and resistance throughout history; Chinese discourses of online resistance and wordplay (egao); the 'Chinese school' of IR; the policy concepts of 'harmonious world' (hexie shijie) and 'harmonious society' (hexie shehui); soft power; East Asian regionalism and regionalisation; and spatial and temporal aspects of difference in the work of Derrida and Baudrillard.
  • Christopher Partridge

    Christopher Partridge

    Much of my work examines the contemporary social and cultural significance of what might be referred to as "rejected knowledge." I am particularly interested in ideas developed within alternative spiritual discourses, in the significance of beliefs in the occult and the paranormal, and in countercultures. In recent years, I have sought to articulate a theory of ‘occulture' in order to explain the persistence of such ideas in the modern Western world and the influence of popular culture in the shaping of those ideas. I am particularly interested in the importance of popular music in this respect. Indeed, with reference to the above interests, exploring the social significance of popular music has been the principal focus of my research for the past decade. I co-edit the series Studies in Popular Music (Equinox) and Studies in Religion and Popular Music (Bloomsbury).
  • Ram Ram-Prasad

    Ram Ram-Prasad

    Comparative philosophy, especially phenomenology, epistemology, metaphysics and theories of consciousness; comparative studies of India and China; classical Indian thought; history of Hinduism; Hindu theology; contemporary Indian politics and religion; multiculturalism and British society; comparative political philosophy
  • Ian Reader

    Ian Reader

    Religion in the modern world, with a special focus on Japan; Religious decline and secularisation; Pilgrimage in cross-cultural contexts- with a special focus on the transformations and developments of pilgrimage in recent times; Buddhism in contemporary Japan; Religion and violence, with special focus on how religious doctrines and practices may give rise to and provide legitimations for violent actions; New religious movements in Japan; Millennialism; Religion and the media, especially how religious groups use media forms to market themselves.
  • Martin Steven

    Martin Steven

    My research interests lie in the area of comparative politics and government, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom as well as the wider European Union, examining the behaviour of political parties and interest groups in the public policy process. I have successfully completed funded projects on multi-level governance and electoral system design, with my outputs published in journals such as 'Representation', 'The Political Quarterly', and the 'Australian Journal of Political Science', and also in a monograph on party politics for Routledge. I have also recently finished working on a project hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and partly funded by the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme focusing on the European Parliament. I am presently researching political economy issues related to the role of party politics in European integration - I recently presented a paper at the annual UACES conference (www.uaces.org/events/conferences/cork/papers) analysing the policy content and electoral support of political parties that prefer to be identified as ‘Euro-realist' as opposed to ‘Euro-sceptic', especially those affiliated to the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).
  • Alison Stone

    Alison Stone

    Alison's main research interests are in two areas: (1) Feminist philosophy: particularly Irigaray and French feminism; concepts of sex, gender and the body; feminism and psychoanalysis; motherhood; and (2) Post-Kantian continental philosophy: particularly Early German Romanticism, Hegel and German Idealism; Marx and Marxism; the Frankfurt School; existentialism. Alison's books are Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2006), An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (Polity Press, 2007), and Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011). She has also edited The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Other topics on which she has published include the ideas of Adorno, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva; the relations between philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy; feminist debates about essentialism; and the relations between existentialism and atheism. She is an Associate Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.
  • Cain Todd

    Cain Todd

    Currently I am focussing on the nature of emotion and imagination with a view to outlining their roles in value judgement. As part of this project I am also working on buck-passing accounts of value, evaluative disagreement and relativism, the phenomenology of evaluative experience, meta-cognition, and the nature of epistemic emotions.  
  • Nick Unwin

    Nick Unwin

    My research has spanned several areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, I have written and am writing on the identity conditions for events, properties, and for physical objects that persist and change through time. In the theory of knowledge, I have written and am writing on the underdetermination of theories by data. In the philosophy of language, I have written and am writing on the nature of truth and its importance. In ethical theory, I have written on technical issues concerning how ethical judgements fit together (the ‘Frege-Geach problem'). In the philosophy of mind, I have written on the nature of colour. I am also interested in early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.
  • Stephen Wilkinson

    Stephen Wilkinson

    Stephen Wilkinson's most recent research is on reproductive ethics and the regulation of reproductive technologies, especially the ethics of selective reproduction (practices that involve choosing between different possible future people).  A book on this topic (Choosing Tomorrow's Children, Oxford University Press) was published in 2010. A previous phase of work focussed on the commercial exploitation of the human body and culminated in his first book, Bodies for Sale (Routledge, 2003). He has also written on various other ethics topics including: biomedical research, conjoined twins, futility, mental illness, passive euthanasia, and resource allocation. He is the holder of a Wellcome Senior Investigator Award (jointly with Professor Rosamund Scott of King's College London) on reproductive donation (http://reproductivedonation.com/).
  • Garrath Williams

    Garrath Williams

    My research interests fall across ethics, political theory and applied ethics. One of my main interests, in all three of these areas, is in the many facets of the concept of responsibility, alongside the role of institutions in moral and social life. In ethics, I also work on Kant, and in political theory, I have a special interest in Hannah Arendt. In applied ethics, I am involved in collaborative research on children, health and public policy, including the recently commenced EU-funded project I.Family which investigates diet and health-related behaviours in a large cohort of families across Europe. I have also worked on research ethics and the ethical issues in the storage and research of genetic materials. 
  • Linda Woodhead

    Linda Woodhead

    My work explores the relationship between religious and social change worldwide. Although I consider earlier periods, I am particularly interested in change from the 1980s to the present. I have written about changes in Hinduism, Christianity, alternative spiritualities, paganism, and Islam in Europe. Central themes include the importance for religion of changing gender relations, global consumer capitalism and new media, and the rise of an increasingly educated and expanding middle class.  I focus on how older, established forms of religion and religious leadership are being challenged by these developments and by the rise of new forms of religiosity. Books include  Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (2013), Religion and Change in Modern Britain (2012), A Sociology of Religious Emotion (2011), The Spiritual Revolution (2005), and A Very Short Introduction to Christianity (2004).
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