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’.
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 https://global.oup.com/ukhe/disciplines/politics-and-international-relations/political-ideologies/?cc=gb&lang=en&
David Bates, Iain MacKenzie and Sean Sayers (eds) (2016) Marx, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan, London: Routledge. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marxism-Religion-Ideology-Routledge-Political/dp/1138850616