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Research interests

Robin Dunford's research addresses humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, human rights, decolonial ethics and the politics of resistance.

 

 1.     Civilian Protection, Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect

With Michael Neu (University of Brighton), Dunford is the author of Just War and the Responsibility to Protect: A Critique. This book argues that debates on Just War and the Responsibility to Protect fail to consider already existing forms of intervention – including arms trading, attempts to stoke ethnic tension, and measures that destroy the environment – that contribute to the emergence of humanitarian crises including genocide, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes. Dunford and Neu co-ordinate an emerging network which looks at how nonviolent approaches offer a more effective and justifiable alternative for protecting civilian victims of atrocity crimes.

2.     Human Rights and the Politics of Resistance

Dunford has written on social movement claims for human rights, focusing in particular on recent moves towards a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Through a series of articles and a monograph entitled The Politics of Transnational Peasant Strugglehe has called for greater recognition within the Human Rights Council of the new collective rights demanded by activists. In collaboration with Dr Sumi Madhok (LSE) he has also reflected on how transnational rights claims disrupt West-centric analyses of how human rights travel.

 3.     Decolonial  Ethics

The third project shows how a Decolonial ethics centred on the idea of ‘pluriversality’ – a world in which many worlds fit – offers a persuasive alternative to the cosmopolitan perspective that sits at the centre of contemporary Global Ethics. Having outlined central features of a decolonial global ethics in an article in the Journal of Global Ethics, Dunford is now exploring how a decolonial perspective can reframe debates concerning environmental ethics, food justice, and development ethics.

 4. Law, Ethics and Democracy

With Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman, Dunford co-ordinates the Law, Ethics and Democracy Collective: an action-research initiative between scholars at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. The Project, which was founded in 2016, aims to bring together work in applied philosophy and political theory with struggles against the increasingly fascistic, anti-democratic and dubiously-legal forms of economy and government we encounter today. 

Additional Roles: 

Dunford is co-lead of the Applied Ethics strand of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics’. Together with Professor Professor Bob Brecher and Dr Michael Neu, he edits a book series with Rowman and Littlefield. Off the Fence: Morality, Politics, Society publishes short, sharply argued texts in applied moral and political philosophy, with an interdisciplinary focus. Robin is also co-convenor of the British International Studies Association's Ethics and World Politics working group.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects on human rights, humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, decoloniality, social movements, nonviolence, civilian protection, and the politics of resistance.

 

Past Students:

Afxentis Afxentiou: The Politics and Ethics of Drone Bombing (supervised with Michael Neu and Lucy Noakes)

 

Current Students:


Marina Espinoza: Legitimising the Obama Administrations Drone Programme (with Bob Brecher)

 

Laura Wilson: Making Women More Visible in the Global Era of War and Peace: a Feminist Critique of New Cosmopolitanism

Keywords

  • JZ International relations
  • Human Rights
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • Peasants' Rights
  • Food Sovereignty
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Global Ethics
  • Decolonial Ethics

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Research Output 2011 2019

Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality

Moncrieffe, M., Asare, Y., Dunford, R., Youssef, H., Burdsey, D., Mapondera, D., Rupprecht, A., Stephens, T., Watson, J. & Handley, F., 1 Jul 2019, Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality. Moncrieffe, M., Asare, Y., Dunford, R. & Youssef, H. (eds.). July 2019 ed. Brighton, UK: University of Brighton Press, Vol. 1. p. 1 32 p. (Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality; no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Open Access
File
equality
curriculum
curriculum development
Teaching
edition

Decolonising the curriculum: challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning

Moncrieffe, M., Dunford, R. & Asare, Y., 12 Jul 2019, Navigating with practical wisdom. Wisker, G., Marshall, L., Canning, J. & Greener, S. (eds.). Brighton, United Kingdom: University of Brighton Press, p. 20 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Open Access
File
curriculum
Teaching
learning
teaching content
university

Just War and the Responsibility to Protect: A Critique

Dunford, R. & Neu, M., 15 Aug 2019, London: Zed Books. 192 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

responsibility
humanitarian intervention
Syria
genocide
Afghanistan

Libya: ongoing atrocities reveal the trouble with international military intervention

Dunford, R. & Neu, M., 16 Aug 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

The Responsibility to Protect in a world of already existing intervention

Dunford, R. & Neu, M., 12 Apr 2019, In : European Journal of International Relations. 25, 4, p. 1080-1102 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
military intervention
responsibility
humanitarian intervention
militarism
refugee

Activities 2016 2019

  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies
  • 1 External funding peer-review

British International Studies Association (External organisation)

Robin Dunford (Member)
1 Sep 2019 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies

‘Decolonising the Curriculum for teaching and learning about race equality’’ (Journal)

Marlon Moncrieffe (Editor), Yaa Asare (Editor), Robin Dunford (Editor)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Robin Dunford (Panel Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: External funding peer-review

Rowman and Littlefield international (Publisher)

Bob Brecher (Editor), Robin Dunford (Editor), Michael Neu (Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work