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Political Theory

Political Theory
This area covers topics such as the rights of children, ethics of family relationships, faith schooling regulation, equality of opportunity, citizenship, cultural diversity, intergenerational justice, the ethics of climate change, and the ethics of policing and surveillance. The activities of this group are complemented by research agendas in democratic representation, theories of political performance, ideas of territory, and Foucault's thought.


Name Description
Appearance, Discrimination and Disadvantage We can be disadvantaged by our appearance in various ways. This project addresses this issue by using the tools of analytic philosophy.
Future Politics The project includes case studies in biotechnology and artificial intelligence, with Co-Investigators from the departments of Computer Science, Life Science, and Chemistry.
Inserting Ethics into Adaptation and Resilience Policy The project works with Cape Town City’s climate adaptation department to look at how issues of ethics and justice can be incorporated into responses to climate-related risks.
Market Spectacles The project explores the emergence and expansion of transnational Islamic economic flows and their governance.
New Approaches to Equitable Resilience A variety of behavioural and structural factors impact individuals’ ability to think and act in resilient ways.
PathLAKE This project is developing a data lake made up of pathology whole slide images and AI techniques to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
Renting: Justice and Limited Sovereignty This project takes up the topic through an exploration of the relationship between renting and justice.
Social Justice and the Future of Work This project explores how labour market policymakers should respond to the threats and opportunities associated with technological change.
Supporting Just Response and Recovery to COVID-19 in Informal Urban Settlements The project works with the organisation Slum Dwellers International and its Youth Federation members in six Sub-Saharan African cities to understand inequalities and injustices associated with COVID-19 impacts and policy responses in informal urban settlements.
Technological Risks in Development In this project, we investigate how technologies that have been introduced as solutions to food insecurity have contributed to the creation of new risks, and ask how such technologies should might be governed ethically to reduce these risks.
The COVID Observatories This project addresses this knowledge and policy gap by documenting, monitoring, and examining how COVID is interacting with multiple stresses to affect the food systems of Indigenous Peoples globally, co-creating knowledge and capacity to strengthen resilience.
Using Psychological Insights about Stigmatized Groups to Inform Policymaking and Institutional Design This project draws on Political Theory, Social Psychology and Critical Race Theory to highlight the ways in which current policymaking in the UK and the US should incorporate the lived experience of stigmatized racial groups.
Vaccine Hesitancy and Disinformation This project considers philosophical issues related to the rationality of vaccine opposition and hesitancy, and the question of how science communication should address vaccine hesitancy, especially in the face of campaigns of misinformation.