Dr Thomas Moore
University Director of Cross-Disciplinary Learning and Teaching
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Dr Thomas Moore is University Director of Cross-Disciplinary Learning and Teaching at the University of Westminster’s newly formed Centre for Teaching Innovation. The Centre is a hub for thinking about the future challenges of higher education, enabling open dialogue and conversation about the ‘big issues’ that will shape the future of knowledge production both within and beyond academia. With a focus on bringing together people from across the university his work is concerned with developing learning experiences that enable graduates from all disciplines to make a difference to their global communities.
Dr Moore was awarded a University of Westminster Teaching Fellowship in 2011-2012 in recognition of his contribution to learning and teaching. He was educated in Scotland and Australia, with a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA Honours (University Medal) in Government and Public Administration from the University of Sydney.
Dr Moore's research explores the geopolitical and ethical dimensions of contemporary just war theory. With an increasing focus on theories of international security, recent publications have been concerned with the philosophical foundations of contemporary security debates and humanitarian claims within international discourse.
Dr Moore is keen to supervise PhD students in the field of international political theory, including questions about the ethical dimensions of International Relations. Dr Moore is available to comment on ethical questions within international politics, including just war, the ethics of Brexit, and the politics of state violence.
Dr Moore was formerly the Director of Learning and Teaching within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. A key project during this time was innovating for the classroom of the future, including rethinking the spatial dimensions of learning within Higher Education.
He was also previously course leader for BA International Relations, BA Politics and International Relations and BA Politics within the Department of Politics and International Relations
During 2016/2017 he is on research sabbatical and therefore will not be teaching during this time. He has extensive teaching experience within the Department of Politics and International Relations. His teaching is research-led, reflecting his published research in the field of international theory, with a focus on international relations theory and competing conceptions of justice within International Relations.
Modules previously taught: Ethics and International Relations (Level 6); Theories of International Security (MA); Theories of International Relations (Level 5).
My research is in the area of international political theory, examining the critical limits of International Relations theory through the work of Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt and the realist tradition.
Past research has examined the contractual foundations of international security and discourses of exceptionalism within the work of Carl Schmitt. Current research is concerned with the geopolitical dimensions of just war theory and communicative justifications of violence in contemporary international politics.
I am available to supervise dissertations in the area of contemporary IR theory, critical political theory, and Carl Schmitt's legal and political theory.
I am currently supervisor on the following PhD projects within the Department of Politics and International Relations:
- Christian Pfenninger, 'A complex web of capillary relations: modelling an ideal-type of the global demos along the lines of theoretical anarchism' (Director of Studies, awarded a UoW PhD Studentship)
- Richard Neve, 'States of Emergency: Between Legal Order and the Political' (Completed - with Professor Chantal Mouffe)
- Paula Sandrin, 'European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy and the impact of Turkey: a Tale of divergent Security Cultures?' (Completed - with Professor Chantal Mouffe)
- Daniel Matteo, 'International Legitimacy and Private Security Companies' (Completed - with Professor Roland Dannreuther)