Dr Mark Evans

Mark joined the Department in 1996, after completing his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Oxford, where he also taught for several years. He specialises in contemporary political and moral philosophy, with particular reference to just war theory (especially jus post bellum: justice in the ending and aftermath of war), and liberalism in domestic and international contexts.

Publications

  1. “Speaking on Morality’s Behalf: When One Should Remain Silent, And Why”. In Sorin Baiasu, Sylvie Loriaux (Ed.), Sincerity in Politics and International Relations. (pp. 1LOndon: Routledge.
  2. Just War, Democracy, Democratic Peace. European Journal of Political Theory 11(2), 191-208.
  3. Balancing Peace, Justice and Sovereignty in Jus Post Bellum: The Case of ‘Just Occupation’. Millennium 36(3), 533-554.
  4. Moral Responsibilities and the Conflicting Demands of Jus Post Bellum. Ethics and International Affairs 23(2), 147-164.
  5. Just Peace: An Elusive Ideal. In Ethics beyond War's End. -220). Washington DC: Georgetown University Press.

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Teaching

  • HUPM04 War, Identity and Society

    This module is the companion module to HUPM03. It takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to understanding the impacts of war on society and vice-versa. The module evaluates the ways in which conflict changes and reshapes society and analyses the problems of war, its representations and its social outcomes. 'War' in thus not viewed solely in terms of military history, but rather through a broader context of changing social, economic and cultural trends both as a motor for change and as part of those broader changes. The module is taught over a ten week period. The weekly two hour sessions include at least an hour of seminar style `teaching¿, to make sure that there is ample time for discussions, questions, student presentations, etc. Hence, it is expected of all students to read the compulsory reading for each session beforehand, so that meaningful discussions can take place. .

  • PO-239 Moralities of War and Peace

    This module aims to introduce students to some fundamental issues in the morality (justifications and conduct) of war - and some other forms of political violence - and also of the morality of peacebuilding. Starting with an examination of one attempt to justify the idea of moral thinking when applied to the justification of war (Michael Walzer's influential commentary on the Melian Dialogue), the module will look in depth at the three elements of just war theory (jus ad bellum, jus in bello and jus post bellum). Particular attention will be paid to 'humanitarian intervention' and the 'responsibility to protect' (R2P). The module scrutinises the meaning of 'terrorism' as an evaluative as well as explanatory concept and explores some 'fundamentalist' justifications of violence. It analyses some implications of 'war' (eg the so-called 'war on terror') on domestic law and public policy in certain liberal democracies. The module then moves to consider some moral theories on of pacifism and non-violence. Moralities of post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction will be analysed, focussing upon arguments as to whether these processes can and should be 'democratic' in some sense. The module concludes with analysis of the concept of a 'perpetual peace' as proposed by Immanuel Kant and some of its modern iterations in the 'democratic peace thesis.'

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-396 Researching Politics 1

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. After an introductory session students will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a member of staff with appropriate specialist knowledge and expertise.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M32 Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences

    This module introduces MA students to philosophical and methodological issues relating to the possibilities, purpose and conduct of the social sciences. These issues are of great importance for the development of thinking about how to study political theory, political science or international relations. The intellectual reflection demanded by this module will feed into students¿ approaches to their work in the sub-disciplinary modules and dissertation.

  • PO-M37 Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics.

    This module assesses how normative political theory has addressed the key issues of human rights, the grounds for humanitarian intervention and the demands of global justice. It also assesses the idea of the 'just war', the moral character of a 'democratic peace' and conceptions of global distributive justice.

Supervision

  • Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Adult Education in Wales- From Policy to Pedagogy (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
  • 'Conservative Party Discourses Transfromed? An Examination of Responses to Demands for Homosexual Law Reform and Equality from 1953-2013' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • Cultural and social dimensions of the 'conspiracism' phenomenon in America during the 1960s (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • 'The politics of space cooperation as part of President Clinton''''s Russia policy: the Shuttle-Mir programme' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Responsibility to Protect: Reconstructing Norms and Operationalisation at the Regional Level. (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'The US and Haiti: A Case of Informal Imperialism' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'Democratization, Politicised Ethnicity, and Conflict Proclivity.' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mcveigh
  • '''The Politics of New Atheism''' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • 'The Lockerbie Bombing: Questions About Libya''''s Culpability' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • '''''Local Government Reform and Political Management in the UK and South Korea: Responses to the 2000 and 2004 Acts''''.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'When the Past Remains Present: Devoloping Truth Commission Guidance Frameworks to Assist Transitional and Post-Conflict States.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Brocklehurst
  • 'Neo-Communitarianism and Speconomy as models for development in Sub-Saharan Africa.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • 'Outsourcing the Global War on Terror: Using Private Military Companies to Supplement the US Military' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • 'Foreign Policy and Arms Purchases During the Metaxas regime 1936-1940' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • British and US Post-Neutrality Policy in the North Atlantic Area 09. 04. 1940 - 1945: The Role of Danish Representatives (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Alan Collins
    Other supervisor: Dr Bela Arora
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Devolution and public policy in Scotland and Wales: a joined-up governance approach and the cases of special educational needs and adult community learning. (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Tobias James
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Thin Universalism: Derivation and Defence (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • Individual Flourishing and Socialist Ethics (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Roland Axtmann
  • Untitled (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Brocklehurst
  • Untitled (awarded 2005)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Xxpols Zzzexternal_Supervisor
  • Untitled (awarded 2004)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Boyce
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans