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Richard Bellamy is currently Director of the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute, on exceptional leave from his position as Professor of Political Science at University College, London (UCL). He will return to UCL on 1 May 2019.

Richard was educated at the University of Cambridge and the European University Institute in 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, Essex and UCL. At UCL he was the founding Head of the new Department of Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy from 2005- 2010 and of UCL’s European Institute, which he also established, from 2010-2013.

Richard 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 in Delmenhorst. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter.

Richard was Academic Director of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) from 2002-2006 and Founding Chair of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought from 2008-2013. He was a member of the 2014 REF Panel for Politics and International Relations.

Richard was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2002 and  of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2008. 

Research Summary

Richard’s main research interests are in the history of European social and political theory post-1750 and contemporary analytical legal, social and political philosophy, with a particular emphasis on public ethics, and the application of normative theory to the understanding of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism in modern societies.

Richard has worked extensively on Italian political thought and in 2012 he was awarded the Serena Medal by the British Academy. His work on constitutionalism culminated in his Political Constitutionalism, which won the 2009 David and Elaine Spitz Prize. 

Richard received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2012-2014 for a project on `A Republic of European States: Cosmopolitanism, Republicanism and the EU’.. A recent article from this project, co-authored with Sandra Kröger and entitled “Beyond a constraining dissensus: The role of national parliaments in domesticating and normalising the politicisation of European integration”, Comp Eur Polit, 2016, 14: 131-153, won the PADEMIA 2016 Research Award (journal article category) for ‘Outstanding Research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe’ that has ‘contributed substantially to the state of the art of research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe’.

Richard has written 8 monographs, edited or co-edited over 25 books and specials issues and authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He edited scholarly editions of works by Beccaria, Bobbio and Gramsci. His publications have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. His monograph A Republican Europe of Sovereign States: Cosmopolitan Statism, Republican Intergovernmentalism and the Demoi-cratic Reconnection of the EU is forthcoming from  Cambridge University Press, with a collection of 20 articles on this topic written with Dario Castiglione also forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield as From Maastricht to Brexit.  He is currently writing a book on the Democratic Constitution for Oxford University Press and a study of Political Leadership provisionally titled The Democratic Prince.

 He co-edits the journal CRISPP (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy).

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. 

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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