Social and Environmental Justice

Patrick O'Connor researches the history of 20th Century thought, especially in relation to issues surrounding the social, political, educational, environmental and ethical. He is particularly interested in the history of key figures of 20th Century French Philosophy - Bergson, Camus, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Levinas - and their considerations of questions of power, time, identity and difference and especially with reference to their application to the social and political sphere. 
Selected publications
 Derrida: Profanations, London: Continuum, 2010.
‘Agamben’s Human Messianism’, Journal of Cultural Research, Vol. 13:4, Sept. 2009.
‘What is Autonomous Learning’, (with Keith Crome and Ruth Farrar) Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, Vol. 9:1, 2009
‘There is No World without End (Salut): Derrida’s Phenomenology of the Extra-Mundane’, Journal of British Society of Phenomenology, 39:3, October 2008
‘On the Importance of Not-Being Earnest: A Dialogue with Terry Eagleton’, (with Sean Daffy) Irish Studies Review, 16:1, 2008

David Kidner focuses on distinctions and relations between the natural world and the symbolic structures that represent, misrepresent, ignore, or manipulate it. He explores the character of human embeddedness in these two realms, and changes to human being following from the development of symbolic structures and their materialisations.   
Selected publications:  
Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity. (State University of New York Press, 2001).  
“Industrialism and the fragmentation of temporal structure.” Environmental Ethics 26(3), Summer 2004, 135 – 153.  
“Nature’s Memory: Ecological restoration and the triumph of the cognitive”. In Robert L. France (ed.), Healing Nature, Repairing Relationships: Landscape Architecture and the Restoration of Ecological Spaces and Consciousness (Green Frigate Books, 2007).  
Nature and Experience in the Culture of Delusion: How Industrial Society Lost Touch With Reality (PalgraveMacmillan, April 2012).  
"Green critical theory". In Jon Simons (ed.), From Agamben to Zizek: Contemporary Critical Theorists (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

Martin O'Shaughnessy takes a particular interest in the relationship between film and the political. Drawing on theorists such as Rancière and Badiou, he has sought to identify the specificity of contemporary cinematic political commitment. He also works on the intersection of style and the political in the works of Jean Renoir.  

I have a longstanding interest in community responses to social, economic and environmental injustice. My current research focuses on community led responses to crises such as peak oil, climate change and financial insecurity. I also work with the local voluntary sector, for instance, I have recently been involved in Transition Nottingham and have been working with the Partnership Council on community regeneration initiatives for six years. I was appointed as the Third Sector advocate on the Green Nottingham Partnership in 2010.
Selected Publications:
 “The Transition Town Network: A Review of Current Evolutions and Renaissance” Social Movement Studies  (2011) Vol. 10(1) pp. 99-105
 “Community-led urban transitions and resilience: performing Transition Towns in a city” in Bulkeley, H et al eds. (2011)  Cities and Low Carbon Transitions. Routledge. London. Chapter 11 pp159-177
 ‘The Third Sector, Regeneration and Sustainable Communities: ‘rolling’ with the New Labour agenda.’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 2010 Vol. 30(1/2) pp 48-65.‘Applying the lessons learnt: community involvement in regeneration’ Public Policy and Administration  2008 23(2) pp 145-151.


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