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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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Teaching Areas

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

Research Interests

Contemporary political theory, particularly the ethics and politics of recognition, deliberative democracy, republicanism (non-domination), and political liberalism. I am interested in the relations between respect, esteem, and equality, particularly: whether or not the idea of human dignity can play a role in grounding egalitarian ethics and politics; and whether there is a deep tension between norms of respect and the desire for social esteem.


Keith Breen and I organised the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy  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 2014.

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.

 I am the Secretary of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy: please contact me if you are interested in joining the Association. Membership application forms can be downloaded here. Membership includes a subscription to the Association's journal, Res Publica.


Recent/Selected Publications


Pre-publication pdfs of some of these publications are available here.



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