Researchers at UCD


Guy Aitchison

Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Politics & International Relations
School of Politics and International Relations
University College Dublin
Dublin 4, Ireland



Guy Aitchison is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD where he is working on a two-year project entitled 'Citizenship at the margins: The case of migrant activism'. His research and teaching background is in political theory with a special interest in human rights, citizenship, civil disobedience, social movements and migration. Prior to arriving at UCD, he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (2015-2016). He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at University College London (UCL), King's College, London and the EUI. He has been a teaching assistant for courses on introduction to political theory, the philosophy of human rights, human rights institutions and standards and political theories of capitalism and a course leader for a module on public ethics. He completed his PhD in Political Philosophy at UCL in 2015. He did his MA at UCL and his BA at Cambridge University. Outside of academia, Dr Aitchison has also worked for various NGO's and campaigns in the UK working on issues of human rights and constitutional reform. He was a managing editor for openDemocracyUK (2007-2009), deputy director of the Convention on Modern Liberty (2009) and research and communications manager for Power2010 (2009-2010).     





Employer: Power 2010
Position: Research and communications manager
Employer: Convention on Modern Liberty
Position: Deputy Director
Employer: openDemocracy
Position: Managing Editor
Employer: University College London
Position: Teaching Assistant
Employer: University College London
Position: Teaching Fellow
Employer: King's College, London
Position: Teaching Assistant
Employer: University College London
Position: PhD student
Employer: UCD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow



Book Chapters

Guy Aitchison (2017) 'Popular resistance and the idea of rights' In: Stuart White, Karma Nabulsi and Bruno Leipold (eds). Radical Republicanism: Reclaiming the Tradition's Popular Heritage. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Aitchison, Guy (2017) '(Un)civil disobedience'. Raisons Politiques, . [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2017) 'Coercion, resistance and the concept of non-violent action'. Raisons Politiques, . [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2017) 'Foucault, democracy and the ambivalence of rights'. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2016) 'Three Models of Republican Rights: Juridical, Parliamentary and Populist'. Political Studies, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2015) 'Rights, citizenship and political struggle'. European Journal of Political Theory, :1-21. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2011) 'Reform, Rupture or Re-Imagination: Understanding the Purpose of an Occupation'. Social Movement Studies, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Book Reviews

Aitchison, Guy (2017) Book review: The Right of Necessity by Alijandra Mancilla. Book Reviews [Details]
Aitchison, Guy (2017) Book review: The Ethics and Politic of Immigration by Alex Sager. Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Guy Aitchison (2016) Book review: The Political Theory of the Irish Constitution by Eoin Daly and Tom Hickey. Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

Dr Aitchison is a political theorist with an interest in theories of rights, human rights, citizenship, republicanism, civil disobedience, political resistance and migration. His current research project at UCD (funded by the Irish Research Council) is 'Citizenship at the Margins: The case of migrant activism'. The project aims to develop a set of normative guidelines and conceptual categories with which to situate, explain and evaluate forms of political engagement by irregular migrants and refugees who lack the formal participation rights and standing of those with legal membership of a state. 


Teaching Philosophy

Student participation, class debates, clear logical thinking, critical dialogue and engagement with cutting-edge research

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership