Oliver Harrison

Oliver Harrison

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Politics and International Relations


Oliver is the course leader for the MA Politics, and teaches political theory on a number of related courses. He is module leader for Political Ideologies in Conflict (undergraduate year one), Identity Class and Nation (undergraduate year two), Sustainability, Citizenship and Identity (MA level), Researching Political Issues (MA level), and Dissertation – Work-based experience (MA level). He also contributes to the module, Contemporary Political Thought (undergraduate year three). Oliver is also the first year tutor for undergraduate students, and a research active member of the Ethics, Ecology and Identity research cluster.

Career overview

From 2001 to 2004 Oliver studied Politics at NTU. After this, he gained an MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Warwick. He has been teaching at NTU since 2005, and completed his PhD in Politics at the University of Nottingham (2006-2010).

Research areas

Oliver’s research interests include political ideology (specifically Marxism/post-Marxism/ecologism), contemporary political theory, theories of the self, and environmental ethics. His first book – entitled Revolutionary Subjectivity in post-Marxist thought: Laclau, Badiou and Negri – was published by Ashgate Press in 2014. This work sought to reconsider the relevance of Marx’s theory of revolutionary subjectivity as a means of critically interrogating the concept of post-Marxism. Oliver continues to be interested in questions relating to organisational practice – especially debates concerning the relevance of the party-form. Publishing works in a range of interdisciplinary journals such as Subjectivity, Global Discourse and Capital and Class, his current research seeks to build on existing theories of the ‘self’, particularly those that have sought to combine socio-economic critique with an emphasis on developing progressive ecological sensibilities.

External activity

Oliver has reviewed book manuscripts for Routledge press, and has peer reviewed articles in a number of high quality journals, including Global Discourse, Theory Culture and Critique, and Political Studies.

Oliver is a member of various specialist groups in the PSA, and is also a member of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.


Oliver's research interests include Marxism, post-Marxism, theories of revolution and, more recently, environmental ethics. His first book – entitled Revolutionary Subjectivity in post-Marxist thought: Laclau, Badiou and Negri – was published by Ashgate Press in October, 2014. Oliver’s current research project seeks to examine the relative lack in contemporary social and political theory with respect to a coherent and substantive environmental ethic – particularly theories which seek to theorise human emancipation. To this end, he hopes to submit a book manuscript in the near future. More generally, Oliver is interested in exploring the relationship between environmental ethics and what might be called a 'sustainable subjectivity'; a form of identity that would necessarily entail a rethinking of individuals' relationship to 'nature' as a means of fostering more environmentally-conscious behaviour at both the micro and macro levels.

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