Patrick Cockburn is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Political Economy, having joined the department in 2019 after 11 years at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research focuses on problems of economic power and justice in capitalist societies, and builds bridges between political philosophy and the social sciences of economic life. His book The Politics of Dependence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) examined economic dependence in our public and private relationships, and the edited collection Contested Property Claims (Routledge, 2018) examined the role of property in structuring our social and economic relationships. The substantive focus of his most recent work is on political theories of the family. In parallel to this, his methodological work develops a critique of the applied methods characteristic of normative analytical political theory and seeks to develop a new relationship between qualitative social research and political philosophy that is inspired by the central role of normative description in 20th century moral realism.
He is currently programme director for the degree programmes in Philosophy, PPE and Philosophy and Politics, and welcomes inquiries about supervision in topics concerning social and economic justice.