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Dr. David Bates

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 782388

Profile summary

I am currently Principal Lecturer and Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. Before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in 2001, I was a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester. My PhD supervisor was Professor Norman Geras.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research interests are focused primarily in the area of contemporary radical political thought. In particular, I am 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’.


I am also academic lead for 'Making Politics Matter', a public square initiative which acts as an arena for political debate on key themes of the day in the Kent region and beyond. The initiative has attracted speakers - including high profile national and international politicians and civil society activists - across the political spectrum, on issues as diverse as immigration, regional development, the politics of austerity, and human rights. We also hosted the General Election Hustings for Canterbury and Whitstable in 2010 and 2015.

I currently am first supervisor for the following:

  • The Politics of Nostalgia (James Gates)
  • Occupy in Theory and Practice (Emma Pole)
  • Civil Society ansd Social Movements in Bangladesh (Razia Shariff)

Teaching and subject expertise

I teach primarily in the area of social and political theory, and the history of political thought. I lead a number of undergraduate modules in this area. I have extensive teaching experience at a post-graduate level. I am also supervisor for a number of PhD projects which connect directly with my area of research expertise.

I teach:

Level 4: Key Political Thinkers

Level 5: Liberalism and its Discontents; Political Research and Practice

Level 6: Ideological Wars; Radical Political Thought

Level 8: PhD Supervision

External activities

I am a member of the Political Studies Association (PSA) - specifically the Marxist Specialist Group. I am also a member (and Fellow) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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