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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 and completed by BA (Hons) Politics (at NTU) in 2004. I then completed my MA in Social and Political Thought at the University of Warwick, before returning to Notts' to complete my PhD in Politics in 2009. 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 currently the course leader for the BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations, and also 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 reguarly with the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT).

If you are interested in the BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations, then do let me know! There has never been a better time to study the subject and it opens so many possible pathways for future careers.

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 concrete case studies which link to the conceptual bases of political thought/ideology; particularly when relating to questions of justice. I am interested specifically in the ‘greening’ of such concepts – i.e., their progressive extension to consider the lives of not only human beings, but animals, species, and (potentially) ecosystems.  To this end, I tend to focus on particular cases and debates which I feel I may be able to contribute.

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.