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Richard Bellamy joined UCL in October 2005 as the first Professor of Political Science, founding Head of the new Department and Director of the School of Public Policy, a position he held until 2010. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the European University Institute at Florence. After three years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford he went on to lectureships at Cambridge and Edinburgh and then to Chairs at the Universities of East Anglia, Reading and Essex. He has held Visiting Fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford; the EUI in Florence; Australia National University (ANU), the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) in Oslo, and the Hanse Wissenschaft Kolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst. He was Academic Director of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) from 2002-2006, the Chair of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought 2009-13 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2002 and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2008. From 2010-2013 he was the founding director of UCL's new European Institute.  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/ . He is currently on extended leave from UCL and the Director of the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute in Florence.  

For a full CV go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/people/richard-bellamy

Research Summary

Richard’s main research interests are in European Social and Political Theory post-1750, Contemporary Analytical Legal and Political Philosophy, Public Ethics, and the application of normative theory to the understanding of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism in modern societies. He has been a leading figure in the normative study of the European Union and directed a number of prominent ESRC and European Commission research projects in this area.

He has written 8 monographs to date, edited or co-edited a further 20 volumes and is the author of over a 100 journal articles and book chapters. His books include Modern Italian Social Theory: Ideology and Politics from Pareto to the Present, Liberalism and Modern Society: An Historical Argument; Liberalism and Pluralism: Towards a Politics of Compromise and, as editor or co-editor, Victorian Liberalism, Constitutionalism in Transformation, Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality, Citizenship and Governance in the EU; Political Concepts, The Cambridge History of  Twentieth Century Political Thought; Lineages of European Citizenship  and Making European Citizens. He has also edited scholarly editions of works by Beccaria, Bobbio and Gramsci. His publications have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. His most recent books are Political Constitutionalism, published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction, which came out with Oxford University Press in 2008. He is currently writing a study of Republicanism and the EU, provisionally entitled A Republic of European States, (with Dario Castiglione) for Cambridge University Press and of Constitutionalism for Polity Press.

He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Government and Opposition, Modern Italy, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, European Political Science, and Diacritica: Philosophy. He is an associate editor of the European Journal of Political Theory and the new ECPR journal European Political Science Review. He co-edits the journal CRISPP (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy) http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13698230.asp

He has appeared on TV and radio in Britain and abroad, and written for major newspapers and reviews such as The Guardian and Times Literary Supplement.

View selected past and recent papers on my SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=368588

Teaching Summary

Richard has successfully supervised 20 PhD students on topics relating to different areas of his research, with thesis subjects ranging from studies of Thomas Reid, T H Green and Antonio Gramsci, to feminist theories of care and free speech, explorations of political liberalism and Irish nationalism, the implications of republican theory for global justice, and normative accounts of the European Union, citizenship and constitutionalism. He is currently first supervisor for 3 PhD students.

Current Teaching

    Richard is currently on leave until May 2019 but his past teaching has included modules on Democracy, Constitutionalism and Citizenship; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Theorising the European Union; and Public Ethics.
Academic Background
1983 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – History University of Cambridge
1979 MA Cantab MA Cantab – History University of Cambridge
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