Professor James Connelly

Professor of Political Theory

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 465754

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, environmental politics, and electoral systems.

James also writes and researches on the political philosophy of R G Collingwood and other British idealists, the philosophy of history, and environmental ethics and politics.


Research Interests

  • Environmental politics and ethics

  • British idealism

  • Philosophy of R G Collingwood

  • Philosophy of history

  • Cyber securIty, privacy, rights and the common good

Research groups

  • Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme-funded Military Ethics Education Network (MEEN): 2009-12

  • Principal Investigator for the ESRC-funded project The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity (ERCS): 2008-11

  • Principal Investigator, The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity. ESRC Grant Ref: ES/L013177/1 (£198,151 total; £165,396, Hull component): 2014-16.

  • British Academy / Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow, covering teaching costs for the academic year to complete an intellectual biography of the philosopher and archaeologist R G Collingwood: 2017-18

  • Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics (2008-17), Deputy Director, (2017– )

  • Director of the Centre for Idealism and New Liberalism


Connelly J, Metaphysics, Method and Politics: The Political Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood. Imprint Academic, 2003

Connelly J, Sustainability and the Virtues of Environmental Citizenship. Routledge, forthcoming, 2018

Connelly J, Johnson P and Leach S, R G Collingwood: a Research Companion, Bloomsbury, 2015

Connelly J, Smith G, Benson D and Saunders C, Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice, third edition, Routledge, 2012

Connelly J, Carrick D and Whetham D (eds), Making the Military Moral, Routledge, 2017

R.G. Collingwood: A Biography (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2019)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • History of Political Thought

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Electoral and Voting Systems

Research PhDs

James welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in

  • political philosophy

  • voting and electoral systems

  • British idealism

  • environmental politics and ethics

  • military ethics

Completed PhDs

Corinne Wales, 2000; Sarah Wixey, 2001; Deborah Blackman, 2002; Stephen Lake, 2004; Nick Rayner, 2005; Simon Lacey, 2006; Andrew Mayers, 2007; Mark Farwell, 2009; Eylem Atakav, 2009; Ashley Roden Bow, 2012; Dominic Welburn, 2012; Sean Magee, 2012; Adrian Paylor, 2013; Paul Fagan, 2015; James Rogers, 2017; Jonathan Flint 2017; Achara Banjongprasert 2017.

MPhil completions: Jonathan Gordon, 2004; Julian Roche, 2017.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Southampton)

  • PhD (Southampton)

External roles

  • Executive Editor of the International Journal of Social Economics

  • Editor of Collingwood and British Idealism Studies

  • On the editorial board of a number of journals