Staff Profile


Dr David Bates

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922388

Profile summary

Dr Bates is Principal Lecturer and Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. Before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in 2001, he was a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester. His PhD supervisor was the Marxist philosopher Professor Norman Geras.

Research and knowledge exchange

Dr Bates' interests are focused primarily in the area of contemporary radical political thought. In particular, he is interested in the following five areas:1.   the constitution of modes of political subjectivity (in ‘radical’, liberal, neo-liberal and conservative forms), and the relationship with dominant economic structures and forms of social identity; 2.   the link between modes of labour (material, affective, virtual etc.) and projects of emancipatory change; 3.   the theoretical understanding of social movements (including anti-globalisation, anti-capitalism, Occupy, etc.) with specific reference to Marxist, post-Marxist, post-anarchist, and autonomist perspectives; 4.   the epistemological and ontological basis of emancipatory politics; 5.   pedagogy in politics and international relations, specifically as pertains to the ‘engaged curriculum’.

PhD Supervision

Dr Bates is currently first supervisor for the following students:

  • Occupy in Theory and Practice (Emma Pole)
  • Civil Society and Social Movements in Bangladesh (Razia Shariff)
  • Post-Anarchism (Tom Sharkey)

Teaching and subject expertise

Dr Bates teaches primarily in the area of social and political theory, and the history of political thought. He leads a number of undergraduate modules in these areas. He also has extensive teaching experience at a post-graduate level. Modules taught:

Level 4: Key Political Thinkers; Politics, Power and the State

Level 5: Contemporary Political Theory; Political Research and Practice

Level 6: Radical Political Thought

Level 8: PhD Supervision

Dr Bates is a co-convenor of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Marxism Specialist Group. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Publications and research outputs

David Bates (single author) (2017- forthcoming. Accepted by editors) ‘Agency’ in Ben Franks et al. (eds) Anarchism: An Analytical Approach, London: Routledge.

David Bates (single author) (2017) ‘Anarchism’, in Paul Wetherly (ed) Political Ideologies, Oxford: 0UP. See 

David Bates, Iain MacKenzie and Sean Sayers (eds) (2016) Marx, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan, London: Routledge.


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