Staff Profile


Dr David Bates


School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922388

Profile summary

Professor Bates is Professor of Contemporary Political Thought and Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research and knowledge exchange

Professor 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

Professor 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)

External activities

Professor Bates is involved in a number of collaborative projects. These include:

Work with TATE Exchange (Tex) project resulted in the curation of an exhibition at the TATE Modern in January 2017, jointly with Activism Research Network. See: The project uses live art to exchange political knowledge and ideas with the wider community.

Co-Founder (with Dr Matthew Ogilvie) of ‘Activism Research Network’. See

Publications and research outputs

Bates, D. (2018) ‘Agency’, in B. Franks et al. (eds) Anarchism: Analytical Concepts, London, Routledge, pp. 61- 72.

Bates, D. (2017) ‘Anarchism’, in P. Wetherly (ed) Political Ideologies, Oxford, OUP, pp.   128-158.

Bates, D. Ogilvie, M. and Pole, E. (2016) ‘Occupy: In Theory and Practice’, Critical Discourse Studies, 13. pp. 1-15. (Impact factor: 0.377)

Bates, D. (2016) ‘McLellan, Marx and Method’, in D. Bates, I. MacKenzie and S. Sayers (eds) Marxism, Religion and Ideology, London, Palgrave. pp. 12-31. (Paperback, issued in 2017 


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