20 July 2016
I accepted a new position, starting September 2016, as Lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations, at Queen Mary University of London.
11 July 2016
15-17 June 2016
At the 2016 British International Studies Association Conference in Edinburgh, the Ethics and World Politics Working Group held their first business meeting and was involved in the organisation of two panels:
Global Justice Under Suspicion: Critical Engagements, featuring Joe Hoover (QMUL), Vassilios Paipais (St Andrews), Henry Radice (LSE), Brigit Schippers (Belfast), and Aggie Hirst (City)
Teaching Ethics in Unethical Times?, featuring Anthony Lang (St Andrews), Patrick Hayden (St Andrews), Birgit Schippers (Belfast), and Aggie Hirst (City).
9 May 2016
My book, Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry in Global Ethics, was published with Oxford University Press.
7 May 2016
On Saturday 7 May 2016, I gave a presentation to the Focus E15 Campaign in Stratford, East London. The presentation looked at the movement for the human right to housing in the United States, particularly in Washington DC and Chicago, IL – with a specific focus on the work of ONE DC and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. Slides from the presentation are available here.
6 May 2016
I’m very excited to be involved with a collaborative learning workshop on the London housing crisis, which will bring academics, activists and affected communities together to learn, share and think about how academics can contribute to efforts to address the dire housing situation in London. This workshop is part of an effort to expand my research on the human right to housing from the US to the UK, and to continue thinking about how we can conduct collaborative normative research. If you are interested in this project, please do get in contact.
Human Rights and the London Housing Crisis: Grassroots Perspectives
Collaborative Learning Workshop – City University London (by invitation only)
Friday 6th May 2016 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM
London is in the grips a profound housing crisis, as private rents continue to increase while the availability of council housing decreases. More and more people are struggling to find a home for themselves and their families, but what can be done about it? The Human Rights and the London Housing Crisis workshop will be a day of learning and collaborative thinking for activists and academics concerned about what is happening with housing in London. The core idea of the workshop is that both academics and activists posses a great deal of useful knowledge about the housing crisis, while they also have much to learn from each other. Beyond sharing knowledge and learning about the housing crisis, the workshop will explore how those fighting against and directly affected by what is happening in London can make use of and contribute to academic knowledge.
The workshop will start with a brief introductory session discussing human rights and housing, the global housing crisis and the motivation for a collaborative workshop.
The second session will ask participants to reflect on their work (activist and academic) to answer two questions:
- What do I know about the London housing crisis?
- What do I need to learn about the London housing crisis?
The final session will consider specific aspects of the housing crisis along with possible points of action and opportunities for collaboration. Exact topic covered in this final session will be determined by participants but will cover broad aspects of the housing crisis such as:
- The causes and consequences of homelessness
- Coping with and responding to evictions
- The limits of affordable development
- Navigating and preserving the social housing system
- Struggles in the private rental market
- Protest, resistance and organising for change
- Policy engagement and reform versus direct action
- Visions of just housing in London