Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Politics, History and International Relations

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Phil Parvin

Phil Parvin

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222985

Location: Manzoni Building


I have a BA from the University of Kent, an MA from the University of York, and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Before coming to Loughborough I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. I have also taught at Queen Mary University of London, and the London School of Economics, and have twice been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2009 and 2013). I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship during the academic year 2012-2013 during which I worked on my forthcoming book on political lobbying in liberal democratic states.

In addition to my academic posts, I was also a Director at the Hansard Society, and a Research Associate for the think tank Catalyst.

I am currently Director of the Loughborough's Centre for Study of International Governance, and Chair of the Loughborough Ethics in Public Life Research Group.


PParvin - Karl Popper 200x‌       A Political Philosophy  200x


My specialist field is political theory, although I also publish in the fields of democratic theory, British politics, and public policy. I have written two books. My first, on the political thought of Karl Popper, was published in hardback by Continuum Press in 2010, and then in paperback by Bloomsbury in 2013. A Korean translation of the book was published in 2014. The book explores the influence of Popper's work on liberal and conservative political thought, and locates his work within contemporary debates in Anglo-American political philosophy and social thought. It critically assesses Popper's work, and draws upon the work of other thinkers and political philosophers in order to evaluate his place in the wider liberal and conservative traditions and the contribution his ideas make to wider normative debates about freedom, equality, and social justice.

My second book, co-written with Clare Chambers, is Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction, published by Hodder in 2012. It is an introductory text book aimed at providing undergraduate and graduate students new to political philosophy with a foundation in the major debates which have shaped the discipline. 

Most of my recent work has been on topics at the intersection between political theory and political practice. For example, I have published on topics such localism, governance, political disengagement, and lobbying, as well as multiculturalism, redistribution, and liberal justice.

I am currently writing a book entitled A Defence of Lobbying: Power, Influence, and Democracy in the 21st Century in which I defend the practise of political lobbying against those who argue that it is undemocratic.‌‌‌


Neglecting Democracy PParvin 200x      Friend or Foe PParvin 200x


I teach in the areas of political philosophy, the history of political thought, and the philosophy of the social and political sciences. I currently convene EUA613 & 614 Political Ideologies, and EUC660 Contemporary Political Philosophy. I also teach on other modules including The History of Political Thought, Contemporary Issues in Political Analysis, Research Design, and Introduction to Academic Studies.

Karl Popper - PParvin 200x

Recent publications

Current and forthcoming academic publications include:


Articles and Book Chapters

Commentary, Online, and Policy Work

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Contact us

Department of Politics, History and International Relations
Herbert Manzoni Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK‌‌

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222983