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Oliver Harrison

Oliver Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


I have been a student and lecturer here, at NTU, since 2001.

I studied at NTU (BA Politics), the University of Warwick (MA Social and Political Thought), then at The University of Nottingham (PhD Politics). I started working part-time as a lecturer at NTU in 2006, before getting a full-time post in 2009.

I teach political theory on the BA (Hons) Politics, the BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations, and the BA (Hons) International Relations. I also teach on the MA programmes within the department. I lead and teach on a range of modules, at all years of study. These include Political Ideologies in Conflict (year one), Political Thought in Focus (year two), Environmental Politics (year two), Interpreting Contemporary Politics (year three), and Democracy, Citizenship and Sustainability (MA level). I am the course leader for the BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations and have a variety of other roles within the Department/University.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of NTU's School of Social Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee. I engage regularly with the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

If you have any questions about the BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations at NTU do come along to one of our Open Day events. Alternatively, you can contact me at


Career overview

BA (Hons) Politics (NTU 2004).

MA Social and Political Thought (University of Warwick 2005, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council).

PhD Politics (University of Nottingham 2009, funded by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice).

Research areas

At present, I have two areas of research. The first explores innovations in learning and teaching, particularly within the disciplines of political theory and moral and political philosophy. The second explores contemporary case studies which link to the conceptual basis of political thought, particularly when relating to questions of citizenship and justice. I am interested specifically in the ‘greening’ of such concepts – i.e., their progressive extension to consider the lives of not just humans, but animals, species, and beyond.

External activity

I have reviewed book manuscripts for a range of academic publishers and have peer reviewed articles in a number of high quality journals, including Global Discourse, Theory Culture and Critique, and Political Studies.

I am a member of various specialist groups in the Political Studies Association.