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The School of Social Sciences of Brunel University has recently announced nine PhD scholarships. Scholarships include fees, a living allowance, and teaching experience. More information is available here:

The Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group is keen to encourage applications for these scholarships. 

The BSPT Group’s research explores different traditions and currents in critical social and political thought. Our individual and collective work covers the full range of modern social and political thought, from the Renaissance through to the twentieth century. We have a focus on the European context and tradition. 

Particular research strengths include early modern political thought, the critique of political economy, the history of Marxism and theories of war and conflict. We are also engaged in debates in contemporary political theory and European philosophy, including state theory, the critique of security, critical IPE, concepts of the political and notions of monstrosity. As a group we have specialist knowledge of a diverse range of political theorists, including Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Burke, Hegel, Marx, Gramsci, Schmitt, Althusser, Polanyi, Foucault and Negri. The Group is particularly keen to welcome research students working in these and related fields.

Key members of the research group in the School of Social Sciences include:

Dr Gareth Dale, author of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market (Polity Press, 2010)

Dr Filippo Del Lucchese, author of Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza (Continuum Press, 2009)

Prof Mark Neocleous, author of Critique of Security (Edinburgh University Press, 2008); The Monstrous and the Dead: Burke, Marx, Fascism (University of Wales Press, 2005)

Dr John Roberts, author of The Competent Public Sphere: Global Political Economy, Dialogue and the Contemporary Workplace (Palgrave, 2009)

Dr Peter D. Thomas author of The Gramscian Moment. Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism (Brill Academic Press, 2009)

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For enquires regarding the scholarships, please contact:

Filippo Dellucchese:

Mark Neocleous

Peter Thomas

Peter D. Thomas
Politics and History
Brunel University
Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

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