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Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Interim Head of Learning and Teaching

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Kevin Love is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Sciences and is responsible for a suite of undergraduate courses encompassing Politics, Sociology and International Relations. His personal teaching and research interests span social and political thought, political economy, global ethics and participatory education.

Career overview

Kevin has taught in the School of Social Sciences for a number of years, across a number of different departments. He is heavily involved in many areas of NTU academic life, within and beyond Social Sciences, collaborating on both teaching and research projects with colleagues from a variety of academic schools and disciplines. Most recently, he facilitated the award-winning, Free University Nottingham participatory community education project at NTU, and also co-chairs the TILT Decolonisation group. Before moving into a managerial role, he held a Visiting Professorship at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and has also taught at Helsinki University, LMU Munich and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte. In addition, he has participated in numerous international research conferences/projects across the social sciences, philosophy, politics, art and education.

Kevin is a Senior Fellow of the HEA with a wide-range of academic experience. He has previously acted as an External Examiner at the University of  Birmingham and an academic validator at the University of Hull. In addition to managing undergraduate provision in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, his current research and practice concerns 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)