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Research interests

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


 1.     ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ and the Responsibility to Protect

With Michael Neu (University of Brighton), Dunford is completing a monograph, forthcoming with Zed Books, entitled 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.

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 Struggle, he 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. 

Dunford is co-lead of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics’ ‘Social Movement and Radical Global Politics’ strand. Together with Professor Professor Bob Brecher and Dr Michael Neu, he also 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. 

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


  • 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: What are the challenges and the opportunities for teaching and learning?

Moncrieffe, M., Asare, Y. & Dunford, R., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) CLT Learning and Teaching post-conference publication, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

Open Access
teaching content

The Responsibility to Protect in a world of already existing intervention

Dunford, R. & Neu, M., 12 Apr 2019, In : European Journal of International Relations. p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
military intervention
humanitarian intervention

Peasant Activism and the Ambiguity of Human Rights

Dunford, R., Sep 2018, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights. Schippers, B. (ed.). London, p. 139-156 18 p.

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

Toward a decolonial global ethics

Dunford, R., 21 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Global Ethics. 13, 3, p. 380-397 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Global Ethics
Western Tradition

Exploring Complicity: Concept, Cases and Critique

Afxentiou, A. (ed.), Dunford, R. (ed.) & Neu, M. (ed.), 1 Dec 2016, London. 231 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearch

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Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial work

‘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