School of Law and Politics

Prof. James Connelly

BSc (Southampton), PhD (Southampton)


Dr Connelly

Professor of Political Theory

Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics

Director of the Centre for Idealism and New Liberalism

Principal Investigator, The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity

Phone: +44 (0) 1482 465754
Office: 287 Wilberforce
Email: j.connelly@hull.ac.uk

Academia.edu Profile


James Connelly moved to the University of Hull in 2006, after having taught at the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University. He teaches political theory, contemporary political philosophy and environmental politics. He also writes on the political philosophy of R.G. Collingwood and other British Idealists, on the philosophy of history, and on electoral systems and political participation. He was the Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme funded Military Ethics Education Network) MEEN (2009-12, ) and is currently Principal Investigator for the ESRC funded project The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity (ERCS).

James is co-editor of the International Journal of Social Economics, and Collingwood and British Idealism Studies.

Selected Publications

R. G. Collingwood   An Essay on Philosophical Method   The Withering of the Welfare State Politics and the Environment

Metaphysics, Method and Politics   The EU as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics   The Legacy of Leo Strauss   Anglo-American Idealism

Books (authored)

  • Sustainability and the Virtues of Environmental Citizenship . Routledge, forthcoming, 2016.


  • R. G. Collingwood: a Research Companion (With P. Johnson and S. Leach) Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice (with G. Smith, D. Benson and C. Saunders), third edition, Routledge, 2012.

Books (edited)

  • Making the Military Moral (ed. with D. Carrick and D. Whetham) Ashgate, forthcoming, 2016.
  • Still Taking the Lead? The European Union in International Climate Change Politics (ed. with R.K. Wurzel and D. Liefferink), Routledge, forthcoming, 2016.
  • The Withering of the Welfare State: Regression (ed. with J. Hayward), (Palgrave, 2012)
  • The EU as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics (ed. with R.K. Wurzel), Routledge, 2011; Paperback 2012.

Journal articles

  • ‘Moral action, collective action and accepting responsibility for climate change’, Marmara Journal of European Studies, forthcoming special issue, 2016
  • ‘Italian Triangulations: R. G. Collingwood and his Italian Colleagues’, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 2016.
  • ‘Reasoning through crisis: Crisis, Incommensurability and Belief’, Revue française de civilisation britannique, 2016.
  • ‘From Green Promises to Politics as Usual: the Conservative Party, the Coalition and the Environment, 2005-2013’, Marmara Journal of European Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp.1-24, 2014

Book chapters

  • 'A late Victorian family life: the typically untypical world of the Collingwoods of Lanehead, Coniston’, in Victorians Like Us: Interfaces of Empire and Domesticity, ed Ana Mendes and Iolanda Ramos. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2016.
  • ‘Collingwoodian reflections on the biographical self’, in W. Mander and S. Panagakou (eds), Idealism and the Self, forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan 2016
  • ‘Collingwood, Gentile and the New Idealism in Britain’ in B. Haddock and J. Wakefield (eds) Thought Thinking: New Essays on the Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, 2014; published as a book by Imprint Academic, 2015.
  • ‘How Green was my Tally?’, in Coalition Politics Evaluated: Examining the Cameron-Clegg Government, ed. M. Beech and S. Lee, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • ‘Idealist social philosophy, character and environmental virtues’, in T. Brooks (ed) Ethical Citizenship: British Idealism and the Politics of Recognition. Palgrave Macmillan 2014.
  • ‘Coalition, Aviation and the Descent to ‘Politics as Usual’, in Sustainable Aviation Futures, ed. L. Budd, S. Griggs and D. Howarth, Emerald, 2013.
  • ‘Electoral Systems: A Glossary’, ‘Key Issues in Choosing an Electoral System’, ‘The Canadian Experience of Electoral Reform’, in Parliament in the New Egyptian Constitution, Global Partners Governance/Arab Forum for Alternatives, 2013, pp.59-77.
  • ‘Politics, Civility and Civilization: R.G. Collingwood and Michael Oakeshott’, in E. Sembou (ed) Political Theory: The State of the Discipline, Cambridge Scholars, 2013
  • ‘Collingwood: Philosophical Controversies’, in D. Boucher and T. Smith (eds) R.G. Collingwood, An Autobiography, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • ‘Philosophising history: distinguishing history as a discipline’, in Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy, Vol. 5, the Nineteenth Century, ed. Alison Stone, Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
  • ‘Vote Blue, go Green, what’s a bit of yellow in between?’, in M. Beech and S. Lee (eds) The Coalition Government. Palgrave, 2011

Encyclopaedia entries

  • ‘Bernard Bosanquet and Utilitarianism’, Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, edited J. Crimmins and D. Long, Bloomsbury 2013, pp.61-3.
  • ‘F.H. Bradley and Utilitarianism’, Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, edited James C. and D. Long, Bloomsbury 2013, pp. 66-7.

Book reviews

  • L. and A. Matthews, Framespotting, Global Policy Journal, 13th January 2015
  • P. Curry, Ecological Ethics, LSE Reviews, July 2012.
  • G. Browning, R. Prokhovnik and M. Dimova-Cookson, Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists, Philosophical Quarterly 2015
  • A. Renwick, The Politics of Electoral Reform: Changing the Rules of Democracy. British Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 17, no.1, 2011, pp. 111-12.

Other publications


  • Environmental politics and ethics
  • British Idealism
  • Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood
  • Philosophy of history


Undergraduate Teaching

James teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 30178 Politics of the Environment
  • 30163 Dangerous Minds
  • 30084 Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • 30003 History of Political Thought
  • 30052 Philosophy, History and Ideology
  • 30185 Electoral and Voting Systems

PhD Supervision

James is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Political philosophy
  • Military ethics
  • Genocide

James welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in the following areas:

  • Political philosophy
  • Voting and electoral systems
  • British idealism
  • Environmental politics and ethics Military ethics
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