Visiting Scholars Programme


The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics runs a visiting scholars programme and is always interested in welcoming scholars pursuing research in areas in which the centre specialises to come and work with us for anything from a few days to a semester. Anyone who is interested in working with us should contact the Centre Director Professor Bob Brecher:  

CAPPE also works in conjunction with the School of Humanities to organise Erasmus exchange schemes which offer University of Brighton Staff and postgraduate students working in the areas of philosophy, ethics and political philosophy the opportunity to travel to and work at two partner institutions; Radboud University, Neijmegen, Netherlands and University of Ghent, Belgium. For further information please contact Professor Bob Brecher: 


Current and previous visiting/honorary scholars:


Bru Laín Escandell

Bru Laín Escandell has a BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (2009), and an Ma in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011). Since 2012, he has been working at the University of Barcelona on a PhD in Sociology as a TRAMOD researcher. His research interests are focused on political theory and economic history, theories of justice, basic income and the political economy of commons. His thesis highlights how modernization has altered the links between democracy and property that was characteristic of republican thought, mainly during the French Revolution and the pre-constitutional era of the United States of America. He is member of the Barcelona Metropolitan Observatory and the Basic Income Spanish Network. He also teacheshas been teaching Sociology and Methodology of Social Sciences. 

Visiting fellow February - March 2015 


Sabrina Frontera

Sabrina Frontera completed her Ph.D in Modern History in December 2010 and she has been working as a postdoctoral fellow (in Modern History) at the Social and Economic Science Department of Sapienza University starting from March 2011. Her research is focused on the aftermath of World War II and in particular on the production and handling of the “memories” of the Italian military internees (Imi) by either the ex-internees and Italian institutions, by historians and by the public opinion. She has collaborated with national and international research Centers such as the Auschwitz Foundation (Brussels), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Association of Veteran, Partisan and Prisoners of War. She is currently finishing her monograph entitled “The Italian Military Internees in Germany. The History of the Return”. 

Visiting fellow January 2015 - December 2015


Frank Arnold

Frank Arnold trained in surgery and research in tissue repair before becoming Director of the Oxford Wound Healing Institute, where he developed an interest in problem wounds and scars. He became a forensic practitioner at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, then initiated the Medical Justice Network, for whom he was clinical lead. He has written approximately 1000 medico-legal reports regarding evidence of torture and other human rights abuses and is a trustee of the charity, Medact. His current research interests include clinical collusion in, and opposition to, torture; and medical ethics education. He is advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on medical evidence of torture in cases involving British citizens in foreign custody. 

Visiting fellow from November 2014


Althea-Maria Rivas 

Dr Althea-Maria Rivas recently completed her PhD at the University of Sussex in International Development Studies. Her PhD thesis entitled, Revisiting the Security-Development Nexus: A Critical Analysis of the International Intervention in Afghanistan, draws upon 14 months of fieldwork in Afghanistan and post-colonial theory, interrogates the multiple discourses and practices of the 'security-development nexus' and challenges the claimed interdependence of security and development in international interventions. Her current research focuses on understanding local vernaculars and perceptions of violence in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests extend to issues such as international intervention, the history of humanitarianism, gender relations, governance and development and critical thought, specifically postcolonial theory.

Visiting fellow February 2014 - February 2015 

Julia Boll

University of Konstanz, Germany

Dr Boll will be visiting CAPPE on a number of occasions during 2013 and 2014 to discuss ethical and political aspects of her developing project on the theoretical representation of homo sacer - bare life, or what Judith Butler calls precarious life. Underlying questions include the following. (How) can homo sacer be represented on stage? How might theatre expose the social and political structures that produce the emergence of this social taboo in the form of refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, unlawful combatants, displaced and stateless persons? Homo sacer tends to appear in contemporary plays as a victim of war and conflict or as a person or group of people who have been legally ostracised from, or have never been part of, the community (such as asylum seekers and refugees); as turned into homines sacri by official decree. However, this simultaneous exclusion and inclusion in bare life has remained largely invisible, the taboo status of homo sacer demanding to be shielded from the public gaze. What happens when this taboo is brought to the theatre? What happens when bare life is 'piled up' on stage?

Visting Fellow 2013 - 2014


Nolen Gertz

Nolen Gertz’s research interests include applied ethics, social and political philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and aesthetics. He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled "Rethinking War: Responsibility, Suffering, and the Future of War", which is under contract with Palgrave-Macmillan, and has published related articles in the Journal of Military Ethics, Res Publica, Humanities and Technology Review, and the Review Journal of Political Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the New School for Social Research.

Visiting Fellow 30 April – 30 May 2013


Inge Mutsaers

Radboud University, The Netherlands.

Inge Mutsaers is a PhD-student in the Department of Philosophy and Science Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Having studied both biology and philosophy, her PhD research brings these areas of expertise together to analyse the relation between virology/immunology and contemporary biopolitics. Using the concept of ‘immunisation’ of the German philosopher Sloterdijk as starting point she studies the disciplines of virology and immunology and their bioethical and biopolitical implications.

Visiting Fellow 4 – 15 March 2013


Matthijs van de Sande

KU Leuven, Belgium

Matthijs is a PhD student at KU Leuven. Mathijs is particularly interested in the common grounds between philosophy and political activism. His PhD research focuses on the relation between prefigurative politics, (political) representation, hegemony, and counter-representative movements (the Arab Spring, Occupy, populism, etc.). Drawing inspiration from various radical political traditions (Young-Hegelianism, anarchism, autonomism, (post-)Marxism), the central aim of his research is to conceptualise political practice from its own, action-based perspective.

Visiting Fellow September 2011 – March 2012


Kate Soper

London Metropolitan University, UK

Kate Soper is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in ISET, London Metropolitan University. Her more recent writings include What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human (Blackwell, 1995), To Relish the Sublime: Culture and Self-Realisation in Postmodern times (with Martin Ryle, Verso, 2002); Citizenship and Consumption (co-editor, Palgrave, 2007) and The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently (co-editor, Palgrave, 2008). Her recent study on ‘Alternative hedonism and the theory and politics of consumption’ was funded in the ESRC/AHRC ‘Cultures of Consumption’ Programme ( She is a former chairperson of European Nuclear Disarmament and has been a member of the editorial collectives of Radical Philosophy and New Left Review, and a regular columnist for the US journal, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.

Current Visiting Professor at CAPPE


Marek Kohn

Kohn is a writer whose work focuses on evolution and biology and their relation to society. He has written for the Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times, among others. He has also published a number of books including; Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up (2010), Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good. A Reason For Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination (2004),The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science (1995) and Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground (1992)

Current Honorary Fellow at CAPPE