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Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Deputy Dean

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Kevin is the Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, a member of Nottingham Citizens Leadership Group and a Trustee of City Arts, Nottingham. He has worked at NTU for several years across different departments and is heavily involved in many areas of academic life, both within and beyond the school.

Career overview

Before moving into a managerial/leadership role, he held a Visiting Professorship at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and has taught in various capacities at a number of other UK and European HEIs, including University of Sussex, University of Salford, Helsinki University and LMU Munich. Originally an ESRC Doctoral Scholar, he is a continental philosopher by disciplinary background and has participated in numerous international research collaborations across the social sciences, philosophy, politics, art and education.

Kevin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with extensive academic experience in teaching, learning and research. In addition to working for many years as a Senior and then Principal Lecturer, he has also acted as Head of Teaching and Learning in Social Sciences, served as External Examiner at both PGT and Ph.D levels for the University of Birmingham, and as an academic validator at the University of Hull and the Free University Brighton. In his current role he is engaged with all aspects of teaching, learning and student academic experience in Social Sciences, in addition to helping develop the School’s civic mission and profile. His current research and practice concern the intersection of democratic and knowledge deficits in society, and creative ways of reimagining the role of the modern civic university in this regard.

Research areas

Kevin has published work in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books, participated in various cross-disciplinary funded research projects, and exhibited elements of his work alongside contemporary artists in the form of visual and audio installations. Previous areas of publication include critical work in phenomenology and post-structuralism, education and other collaborative research in the social sciences.

Kevin has successfully supervised a number of PhD students to completion within a broad social science field, and is presently supervising three further students.

External activity

Kevin has acted as an anonymous reviewer for a number of journals including: PhaenEx, Space and Culture, Body and Society, and the Journal of the Philosophy of Education.

He has jointly organised various academic conferences and workshops at NTU, and in collaboration with other partners such as the Nottingham Contemporary, and has previously led on innovative knowledge-transfer initiatives involving policymakers and interdisciplinary teams of academics.

In April 2014, Kevin was appointed as a Visiting Professor at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and has also taught at Helsinki University and LMU Munich and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and previous collaborators include:

  • Prof. Joost van Loon (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Prof. Arto Haapla (Helsinki)
  • Prof. Michael Zimmerman (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • The George and Jorgen, London
  • Dr Sophia Lycouris (Edinburgh)
  • Dr David Reid (NTU)
  • Prof. Robert Dingwall (NTU)
  • Dr Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths)
  • Dr Andrew Goffey (Nottingham)
  • Prof Glen Mazis (Penn State)