Staff Research Interests
Our staff have a wide range of research interests across politics, international relations, philosophy and religion.
Dr Alam Saleh is Lecturer in Middle East Politics at Lancaster University. Dr Saleh is also council member of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He received his PhD, MA and BA from the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. Saleh is Fellow of Higher Education Academy and he has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations, Security Studies and Middle East Politics at Durham, Leeds, and Bradford Universities. Saleh’s book entitled, Ethnic Identity and the State in Iran which was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr Saleh has published his works in a number of well-ranked internationally peer-reviewed journals such as the Middle East Journal, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, and National Identities. Dr Saleh has also been engaged with policy practitioners and external professional bodies such as UK Ministry of Defence, NGOs and Think Tanks.
My research interests lie in the area of political parties and elections - especially European politics, British politics and multi-level governance. I focus comparatively on the relationship between parties and public policy, and have published in journals such as 'Representation', 'The Political Quarterly', and the 'Australian Journal of Political Science', as well as in a monograph for Routledge.
I am presently researching the policies 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) - and have published the following article recently in the journal, Representation:
'Euro-realism in the 2014 European Parliament elections: the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) and the democratic deficit'
I am also working on a project with my Lancaster colleague, Mark Garnett, analysing the way left of centre parties use political communication - to be published in an edited volume in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Alison’s main research interests are in Feminist philosophy and Post-Kantian continental philosophy including Hegel and German Idealism; Marx and Marxism; critical theory and existentialism. Alison’s books are Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy (2004), Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (2006), An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (2007), Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Maternal Subjectivity (2011), and The Value of Popular Music (2016). She edited The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century (2011) and has co-edited the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. She co-edits the journal the Hegel Bulletin and has been an Associate Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.