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Research interests

Robin Dunford's interdisciplinary research interests fall into four areas:

1.     Human Rights and the Politics of Resistance

Dunford has written extensively 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 highlighted the dangers of exclusively individualistic conceptions of human rights, reflected on the emancipatory potential of collective struggles for rights, and called for greater recognition within the Human Rights Council of the new rights demanded by activists. In collaboration with Dr Sumi Madhok (LSE) he has also reflected on how transnational rights claims disrupt orthodox and West-centric analyses of how human rights ideas travel.

 2.     ‘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 blows open debate on the Just War and the Responsibility to Protect. It shows how they 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.

 3.     Decolonial Global 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 and Dr Nadya Ali, 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 also 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. 


  • 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 2018

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/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Toward a decolonial global ethics

Dunford, R. 21 Sep 2017 13, 3, p. 380-397 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 - edited

social movement
social structure
Social Relations

Introducing Complicity

Afxentiou, A., Dunford, R. & Neu, M. 1 Dec 2016 Exploring Complicity: Concept, Cases and Critique. Neu, M., Dunford, R. & Afxentiou, A. (eds.). London, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The politics of transnational peasant struggle: resistance, rights and democracy

Dunford, R. 1 May 2016 London. 200 p. (Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and activism)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored