News

23 July 28

My book Reconstructing Human Rights was featured in a review piece written by Ayten Gündoğdu in Journal of International Political Theory. 

May 2018

My review of Benjamin Gregg’s The Human Rights State: Justice within and beyond sovereign nations was published in Contemporary Political Theory. 

25 April 2018

I participated in a workshop organised by Prof. Robbie Shilliam on the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell Tower: Politics and Inequality from the Micro to the Macro

Focusing upon the Grenfell Tower fire, this workshop will bring together academics, researchers and activists to inquire – in an open-ended set of discussions – into the relationship between politics and inequality at the macro level (e.g. state, global economy) and at the micro level (e.g. community and council). There will be no direct outputs arising from the workshop and the discussions, while themed, will be open-ended. However, we envisage that the discussions will contribute to two aims. Firstly, the scoping out of a “people’s tribunal” for Grenfell has already begun, and we aim for our discussions to help further clarify the form and content of such a process. Secondly, a number of colleagues at QMUL are thinking of developing an “activism school” wherein scholars can respond to the pressing injustices of the moment by contributing to the knowledge base of activists in a co-creative and non-hierarchical fashion. We hope that our discussions might galvanise the first iteration of this school, potentially over this summer, with the focus being on the crisis in North Kensington housing.

Chair: Robbie Shilliam (Politics, QMUL); Interlocutors: Brenna Bhandar (SOAS), Niles Hailstones (Westway23), Joe Hoover (Politics, QMUL), Omar Khan (Runnymede Trust), Thomas MacManus (Law, QMUL), Daniela Nadj (Law, QMUL), Colin Prescod (Institute of Race Relations), Daniel Renwick (Independent film maker), Dhelia Snoussi (Runnymede Trust).

7 March 2018

I organised a roundtable entitled:

Pursuing Justice in the Global City

Today the majority of human beings live in cities, and this process of urbanisation is only increasing. Urban life brings many benefits but it is also beset by a great many injustices, many of which are the result of the ways in which cities are tied into global economic and social dynamics. In this roundtable discussion, we will explore the unique injustices we face as a result of the development of global urbanism, while also considering how urban movements and activist groups are resisting urban injustice and striving to build more just cities.

Participants:

Mr Dominic Moulden (Resource Oragniser, Oragnizing Neighborhood Equality – ONE DC)

Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper (Lecturer, Kings College London)

Dr Glyn Robbins (Housing worker and campaigner)

23 February 2018

I presented a paper at the Political Theory Seminar, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.

22 February 2018

I gave a talk entitled “Justice and the Global City,”  at the Global Studies Centre, University of Pittsburgh.

29 November 2017

I was part of the roundtable on “What is the Future for Global Justice?” organised by the PSA Human Rights and Global Justice Specialist Group and hosted by Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.

13 November 2017

My chapter, ‘Democratic Moral Agency: Altering Unjust Conditions in Practices of Responsibility‘ was published in Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility,
Edited by Cornelia Ulbert, Peter Finkenbusch, Elena Sondermann, Tobias Debiel (Routledge, 2017).

19-20 October 2017

I presented a paper at the John Dewey and Critical Philosophies for Critical Political Times conference at University College Dublin, organised by the UCD Dewey Studies Research Project.

25 January 2017

I gave a book talk entitled “Reconstructing Human Rights,” at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University.

20 July 2016

I accepted a new position, starting September 2016, as Lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations, at Queen Mary University of London.

11 July 2016

I was awarded and accepted a Fellowship at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, where I will be working on my project, Justice in the Global City, between May 2017 and January 2018.

15-17 June 2016

At the 2016 British International Studies Association Conference in Edinburgh, the Ethics and World Politics Working Group held their first business meeting and was involved in the organisation of two panels:

Global Justice Under Suspicion: Critical Engagements, featuring Joe Hoover (QMUL), Vassilios Paipais (St Andrews), Henry Radice (LSE), Brigit Schippers (Belfast), and Aggie Hirst (City)

Teaching Ethics in Unethical Times?, featuring Anthony Lang (St Andrews), Patrick Hayden (St Andrews), Birgit Schippers (Belfast), and Aggie Hirst (City).

9 May 2016

My book, Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry in Global Ethics, was published with Oxford University Press.

7 May 2016

On Saturday 7 May 2016, I gave a presentation to the Focus E15 Campaign in Stratford, East London. The presentation looked at the movement for the human right to housing in the United States, particularly in Washington DC and Chicago, IL – with a specific focus on the work of ONE DC and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. Slides from the presentation are available here.

6 May 2016

I’m very excited to be involved with a collaborative learning workshop on the London housing crisis, which will bring academics, activists and affected communities together to learn, share and think about how academics can contribute to efforts to address the dire housing situation in London. This workshop is part of an effort to expand my research on the human right to housing from the US to the UK, and to continue thinking about how we can conduct collaborative normative research. If you are interested in this project, please do get in contact.

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Human Rights and the London Housing Crisis: Grassroots Perspectives

Collaborative Learning Workshop – City University London (by invitation only)

Friday 6th May 2016 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM

London is in the grips a profound housing crisis, as private rents continue to increase while the availability of council housing decreases. More and more people are struggling to find a home for themselves and their families, but what can be done about it? The Human Rights and the London Housing Crisis workshop will be a day of learning and collaborative thinking for activists and academics concerned about what is happening with housing in London. The core idea of the workshop is that both academics and activists posses a great deal of useful knowledge about the housing crisis, while they also have much to learn from each other. Beyond sharing knowledge and learning about the housing crisis, the workshop will explore how those fighting against and directly affected by what is happening in London can make use of and contribute to academic knowledge.

Session 1

The workshop will start with a brief introductory session discussing human rights and housing, the global housing crisis and the motivation for a collaborative workshop.

Session 2

The second session will ask participants to reflect on their work (activist and academic) to answer two questions:

  • What do I know about the London housing crisis?
  • What do I need to learn about the London housing crisis?

Session 3

The final session will consider specific aspects of the housing crisis along with possible points of action and opportunities for collaboration. Exact topic covered in this final session will be determined by participants but will cover broad aspects of the housing crisis such as:

  • The causes and consequences of homelessness
  • Coping with and responding to evictions
  • The limits of affordable development
  • Navigating and preserving the social housing system
  • Struggles in the private rental market
  • Protest, resistance and organising for change
  • Policy engagement and reform versus direct action
  • Visions of just housing in London