After completing an MA in Economics at Edinburgh University, Ian attained an MA in Political Philosophy at the University of York and then a doctorate on Hegel, Marx and the concept of need at the University of Warwick, where he also worked as a teaching assistant. Ian also taught at both Coventry and De Montfort University before gaining a position at Nottingham Trent University in 1997. He joined Loughborough University in 2010.
Participant on Thinking Aloud, BBC Radio 4, to discuss Karl Marx’s Theory of Alienation, 25 August 2010.
Ian’s research centres on the concept of the self and identity, aesthetics and politics, Marx and Marxism, the Hegelian-Marxist tradition, Charles Taylor, contemporary social and political philosophy, and the history of social and political thought.
His current research involves exploring the links between aesthetics and politics through films in radical and critical thought via his notion of the aesthetic self that challenges the status quo politically, economically and culturally and so offers considerations of what constitutes the good life.
- Smart Scholarship (Level 1)
- Conceptions of Democracy (Level 1)
- History of Political Thought (Level 2)
- Theories and Methods in Political Research (Level 2)
Current postgraduate research students
- Oscar Addis: "Towards A Theory of Transition: The Revolutionary Practice of Mass Anarchism"
- Stavros Kartsonas: "Psychopolitics and Resistance:The Case of Syriza during the years 2009-19"
- Sebastian Averill: "Hegel and Bakunin"
- Rachel Wilkins: "Representations of Native Americans as ‘others’ in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and their contribution to pervading stereotypes of Native Americans before 1939"
- Jonathan Bigger: "The Class War Party"
Recent postgraduate research students
- John Nightingale (2015) "The Concept of Solidarity in Anarchist Thought"
- Christos Iliopolous (2013) "Nietzsche and Anarchism"
- Michiel van Ingen (2011) "Misunderstanding Somalia"