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PhD (Cardiff University) 2002. MA Political Philosophy: The Idea of Toleration (University of York) 1993. BA (Hons) Philosophy & Politics (University of York) 1992.


Gideon Calder previously taught at the University of Wales, Newport, Cardiff University, Edge Hill University, UWIC, and for the Open University in Wales and Ireland. After PhD research on the philosophy of Richard Rorty, his interests have expanded to include a wide range of applications of contemporary ethical, political and social theory. He is particularly interested in the relationship between theoretical debates and ‘real life’ social practice, within professions and institutions, and also more broadly across contemporary society. He is author or editor of eight books, as well as many journal articles, book chapters and pieces for the media on various themes. In 2010 he helped set up the Newport Equality Group, a broad-based organisation committed to campaigning for greater awareness of the social costs of increasing income inequality. He has been a member of the Newport Fairness Commission since its inception in 2012. He is currently writing a book about families and social justice.


Eight current PhD supervisees.
Contributing researcher at the NISCHR-funded Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (WCPECR)
Member, University of South Wales Research Programmes Sub Committee
External member, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education Research Programmes Committee



2014: (Co-edited with Magali Bessone and Federico Zuolo) How Groups Matter: Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Routledge)
2012: (Co-edited with Jeremy Gass and Kirsten Merrill-Glover), Changing Directions of the British Welfare State (University of Wales Press)
2011: (Co-edited with Catriona McKinnon), Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (Routledge)
2011 (Co-edited with Emanuela Ceva), Diversity in Europe: Dilemmas of Differential Treatment in Theory and Practice (Routledge)
2009 (Co-edited with Phillip Cole and Jonathan Seglow), Citizenship Acquisition and National Belonging: Migration, Membership and the Liberal Democratic State (Palgrave, 2009)
2007 Rorty’s Politics of Redescription (University of Wales Press)

Refereed journal articles:

2015: ‘Local Natures? Anthropology, Facts, and Normative Responses to Climate Change’, forthcoming in Climatic Change.
2012 : ‘Ethics between Curriculum and Workplace’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 1036-7.
2012: ‘Inclusion and Participation: Working with the Tensions’, Studies in Social Justice.
2011: ‘Opportunities and Risks in Gauging Practitioners’ Ethical Commitments: Commentary on Little et al’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 954-56.
2011: ‘Climate Change and Normativity: Constructivism versus Realism’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 153-170.
2010: ‘Pragmatism, Critical Theory and Democratic Inclusion’, Etica & Politica, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 52-67.
2010: ‘Listening, Democracy and the Environment’, In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 26-41.
2009: ‘Mobility, Inclusion and the Green Case for Basic Income’, Basic Income Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 1-10.
2009: (co-written with Emanuela Ceva), ‘Values, Diversity and the Justification of E. U. Institutions’, Political Studies, vol, 57, no. 4, pp. 828-845.
2008: ‘Ethics and Social Ontology’, Analyse & Kritik, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 427-443.
2008: ‘How Can the Past be Wronged? The “Holocaust Industry” and Moral Capital’, Bulletin of Tomsk State University: Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, vol. 26, no. 2.
2007: (co-written with Edmund Dain) ‘Not Cricket? Ethics and Sporting Boycotts’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 24, no. 1.
2006: ‘Ownership Rights and the Body’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 89-100.
2006: ‘Soft Universalisms: Beyond Young and Rorty on Difference’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 3-21.

Other articles/chapters in books:

2014 : ‘Values-based Practice, Competence and Expertise’, in Michael Loughlin (ed.) Debates in Values-Based Practice: Arguments for and Against (Cambridge University Press).
2014 : ‘Key Ideas: Well-Being’, Bevan Foundation Review 25 (Spring)
2013 : ‘Key Ideas: Equality’, Bevan Foundation Review 24 (Autumn/Winter).
2013 : ‘Key Ideas: Redistribution and Recognition’, Bevan Foundation Review 23 (Summer).
2013 : ‘Representing Groups’, in Gideon Calder, Magali Bessone and Federico Zuolo (eds) How Groups Matter: Challenges of Toleration in Contemporary Societies (Routledge).
2013 : (co-written with Magali Bessone and Federico Zuolo) ‘Introduction’, in ibid.
2013 : ‘Key Ideas: Social Justice’, Bevan Foundation Review 22 (Spring).
2012: (co-written with Jurgen De Wispelaere) ‘Introduction’, Special issue on ‘Family Values: Ethical Perspectives on Contemporary Living Arrangements and Parenthood’, Ethics and Social Welfare, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 117-19.
2012: ‘Geras on Context and Indifference’, in Eve Garrard and Stephen de Wijze (eds) Thinking Towards Humanity: Essays in Honour of Norman Geras (Manchester University Press).
2011: ‘Social Mobility Doesn’t Equal Social Justice’, Bevan Foundation Review, no. 17.
2011: ‘Disability and Misrecognition’, in Simon Thompson and Majid Yar (eds), The Politics of Misrecognition (Ashgate).
2011: ‘Democracy and Listening’, in Mary-Ann Crumplin (ed.), Problems of Democracy: Language and Speaking (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press).
2010: (Co-written with Steven R. Smith) ‘Differential Treatment and Employability: A UK Case-Study of Veil-Wearing in Schools’, in Calder and Ceva (eds), Diversity in Europe (Routledge)
2009: (Co-written with Jonathan Seglow) ‘Practice and Policy’, in Gideon Calder, Phillip Cole and Jonathan Seglow (eds), Citizenship Acquisition and National Belonging: Migration, Membership and the Liberal Democratic State (Palgrave).
2009: ‘Values and Ontology: An Interview with Andrew Collier, Part 2’, Journal of Critical Realism, vol. 8, no. 1.
2008: ‘Philosophy and Politics: An Interview with Andrew Collier, Part 1’, Journal of Critical Realism, vol. 7, no. 2.
2007: ‘Theory, Practice and ”Teaching” Professional Ethics’, in Steven R. Smith (ed.), Applying Theory to Policy and Practice (Ashgate).
2006: ‘Where Do We Go From Here? ‘, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, July.

Dictionary and encyclopedia entries:

2007: Entries on ‘Ethics’, ‘Philosophical Anthropology’ and ‘Sociology of the Body’, in Mervyn Hartwig (ed.), Dictionary of Critical Realism (Routledge).
2006: Entries on ‘Nature’ and ‘Realism’, Martin Cohen (ed.), Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics (Hodder Education).

Selected reviews:

2015: ‘Brighouse and Swift on the Family, Ethics and Social Justice’ (review of Family Values by Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift) European Journal of Political Theory, forthcoming.
2010: Review of Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement with Marxism: Selected Writings 1953-1974, ed. Paul Blackledge and Neil Davidson, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (November).
2010: Review of Character and Environment by Ronald L. Sandler, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 233-4.
2009: Review of Law and the Beautiful Soul by Alan Norrie, Criminal Law and Philosophy vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 317-20.
2007: Review of The Moral Significance of Class by Andrew Sayer, Imprints: Egalitarian Theory and Practice, vol. 9, no. 3.


Association for Social and Political Philosophy (formerly the ALSP) (Chair, 2011-15)
Newport Fairness Commission
Political Studies Association
Society for Applied Philosophy
Social Policy Association


Co-Editor, Ethics and Social Welfare

Regular contributor to BBC Radio on current affairs (including Good Morning Wales, Four Corners, The Moral Maze).

Regular reviewer of research proposals for the Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Co-founder, Newport Equality Group

Associate Member, WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods)

Adviser to the Bevan Foundation: The Social Justice Think-tank for Wales

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Realism

2005-11: Co-editor, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy –

Has acted as anonymous reviewer for the following journals: British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Cambridge Journal of Economics; Citizenship Studies; Critical Research in International Social and Political Philosophy; Environmental Politics; Environmental Values; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; European Journal of Political Theory; Healthcare Analysis; Historical Materialism; History of the Human Sciences; Imprints: Egalitarian Theory and Practice; International Studies Quarterly; Journal of Applied Philosophy; Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice; Journal of Medical Ethics; Journal of Moral Philosophy; Metaphilosophy; Nursing Ethics; Political Studies; Political Studies Review; Political Theory; Politics; Tourism, Culture & Communication.


Political philosophy; social justice; the family; disability; applied and professional ethics; the ethics of care; equality; democracy; environmentalism; diversity.

Grants Awarded:

European Commission 7th Framework Programme (c. €1.5million to Consortium): ‘Project RESPECT: Towards a “Topography” of Tolerance and Respect’. Comparative study of policies for the distribution of public spaces in culturally diverse societies – partnership between the University of Wales, Newport and the universities of Pavia (lead institution), Copenhagen, West Bohemia (Pilsen), Zapadoceska, Rennes I, Darmstadt, Ljubjana, Eastern Piedmont (Vercelli), Ural State, Cyprus, European Humanities (Vilnius), Tel-Aviv, Peking and Central European (Budapest).
European Commission 6th Framework Programme (c. €1 million to Consortium): ‘Project EuroEthos: Exploring the Foundations of a Shared European Pluralistic Ethos’. Comparative investigation of religious and secular ethical values in an enlarging Europe – partnership between the University of Wales, Newport and the universities of Trento (lead institution), Bremen, Bilkent (Ankara), Comenius (Bratislava), Valencia and West Bohemia (Pilsen).
Arts & Humanities Research Council/ Economic and Social Research Council (£30,000) ‘Religion, Justice and Well-Being’. Five workshops around the UK and Ireland, involving academics and practitioners, in collaboration with the universities of Central Lancashire, Queen’s (Belfast), Trinity (Dublin) and Royal Holloway (London).
Arts & Humanities Research Council (£9652) ‘Toleration and the Public Sphere’. Five workshops around the UK, involving academics and practitioners, in collaboration with the universities of Stirling, Queen’s (Belfast), Central Lancashire and Royal Holloway (London).

Research Supervision:

3 PhD students supervised to successful submission since 2004
2 current PhD students

External Research Degree Examiner Appointments:

PhD, Murdoch University, Australia (2015)
PhD, Cardiff University (2014)
PhD, Swansea University (2014)
PhD, London Metropolitan University (2014)
PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London (2013)
MRes, University of Glamorgan (2012)
MPhil, University of Wales, Trinity St David (2011)
PhD, Queen’s University Belfast (2008)


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