Dr Paul Hopper lectures in humanities, with a research focus on the politics and cultures of globalisation.
His research examines globalisation especially in relation to: culture, communication and identity; global movements and networks; global governance; development and the environment.
He has developed a number of courses and course elements that deal with the wider issues of globalisation.
Dr Paul Hopper's first book, Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism (2003), was developed from his DPhil thesis at the University of Sussex. He has subsequently become an authority on globalisation debates and his monographs include: Living with Globalization (Berg, 2006), Understanding Cultural Globalization (Polity, 2007), Understanding Development (Polity, 2008) and Understanding Global Environmental Politics (Polity, 2009). As part of the process of writing these books, Hopper has given papers at numerous international conferences and published articles and chapters in edited volumes on globalization and related areas.
Dr Hopper has been a member of staff at the University of Brighton since the early 1990s, before which he taught sociology and social and political philosophy at the University of Sussex. He leads the Globalisation, Politics and Culture MA and the Globalisation, Politics and Culture BA(Hons) and has developed option units such as Race and Racism on the Humanities undergraduate programmes at the university and the Sociology of Globalisation in the Faculty of Health and Social Science.
Hopper's research interests revolve around globalisation, especially in relation to: culture, communication and identity; global movements and networks; global governance; development and the environment. He is concerned with how globalising processes are both informing and being informed by these areas. His work seeks to move beyond general and abstract accounts of this subject focusing instead upon how globalising processes are interpreted and experienced within specific contexts.
In substantiating this position, he has undertaken a series of case-studies as part of his research, ranging from examining how globalisation has informed debates within the Islamic world to how the Chinese party-state has for reasons of political expediency utilised economic globalisation, but resisted its cultural and political dimensions. This research has been published in the following books: Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism (Ashgate, 2003), Living with Globalization (Berg, 2006), Understanding Cultural Globalization (Polity, 2007), Understanding Development (Polity, 2012) and Understanding Global Environmental Politics (Polity, 2009).
The common theme of Hopper's research has been the pursuit of a differentiating, multidimensional, contextualist and interdisciplinary approach to globalisation, part of which entails considering how the discourse of globalisation can have tangible effects.
Understanding Development at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities
Deals with an issue that is of increasing concern within many societies, namely, the condition of community life.
Globalization studies are still in their infancy, and this work takes stock of existing approaches and outlines some possible ways forward.
Emphasises how a differentiating, multidimensional, contextualist and interdisciplinary approach must be employed in all aspects of globalisation.
Hopper, Paul (2015) Development and underdevelopment: rethinking the shape of a globalizing world In: Holborn, M., ed. Contemporary sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 355-382. ISBN 9780745661834
Hopper, Paul (2006) Living with Globalisation Berg Publishers, UK. ISBN 1845201930
Hopper, Paul (2004) Who wants to be a European? Human Affairs, 14 (2). pp. 141-151. ISSN 1210-3055
Hopper, Paul (2003) Rebuilding communities in an age of individualism Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 0754614387