Staff Profile


Dr. David Bates

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922388

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’.

PhD Supervision

I currently am first supervisor for the following:

  • Occupy in Theory and Practice (Emma Pole)
  • Civil Society and 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).

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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