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Dr Cillian McBride

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
(PhD London)

Contact Details
Room 024.02.002
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3008

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Click  here to view Cillian's video.

Click here for a short animated film I made with Patrick Leonard for the Community Relations Council exploring the theme of esteem recognition in a loyalist community in North Belfast.’

Copies of my publications may be found on here my webpage.

Teaching Areas

Contemporary Theories of Justice; Modern Political Thought, Ethics, Norms, and Institutions, Ethics of Recognition. 

Research Interests

Contemporary political theory, particularly the ethics and politics of recognition, republicanism (non-domination), and deliberative democracy/political liberalism. My research centres on tensions between demands for respect and esteem, and the relations between norms of social recognition and the pursuit of social and political equality.

 I am the Secretary of the Association for Social and Political Philosophy (formerly the ALSP) please contact me if you are interested in joining the Association. Membership includes a subscription to the Association's journal, Res Publica.

I am currently co-ordinating an interdisciplinary research group attached to the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice which is devoted to the study of the normative architecture of contemporary corporations and mechanisms for the regulation of corporate agents. 

In 2012, Keith Breen and I organised the annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (ALSP)  on the theme of 'Freedom'. The plenary speakers were Philip Pettit, and Richard Bellamy. A special issue of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) containing some of the papers presented at the conference will be appearing in 2015.

I was one of a team of QUB researchers involved in an international research project investigating Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation (PIDOP) which concluded in 2012.

I have organised a number of workshops as part of research council funded seminar series: 'Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation'  as part of an AHRC-ESRC funded seminar series, co-ordinated by Dr Jonathan Seglow (Royal Holloway), on the subject of 'Religion, Justice and Well-Being'; and 'Democracy, Division, and the Public Sphere' as part of an AHRC funded seminar series coordinated by Dr Gideon Calder (UW Newport) on 'Toleration and the Public Sphere'. in 2009-9 I co-ordinated, with Professor Shane O'Neill, an ESRC funded seminar series on the subject of The Politics of Recognition and the Dynamics of Social Conflict .

PhD supervision

I have been first supervisor for:

  • Fabian Schuppert 2010 Freedom, Recognition and Non-Domination: an interest-based theory of justice.
  • Gavin Kerr 2010 Rawlsian Justice, Property-Owning Democracy, and the Priority of Liberty
  • Paddy McQueen 2013 Struggling for Subjectivity: recognition, gender, and the politics of identity.

For a  number of years now I have been convening a doctoral workshop and reading group for research students in political theory. It is open to any research student interested in this area. If you are interested please email me for details.

Recent/Selected Publications


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