Dr Ashley Dodsworth

Dr Ashley Dodsworth

Dr Ashley Dodsworth
Lecturer

1.06, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
BS8 1TU
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ashley.dodsworth@bristol.ac.uk

Telephone Number (0117) 331 0852

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am interested in the intersection of environmental political theory and the history of political thought. I argue that environmental political theory has a long history which should be used to contextualise and develop contemporary environmental politics. My doctoral research examined the past conceptions of environmental rights, showing how a variety of historical political thinkers, from Hugo Grotius and John Locke through to Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill, had both conceptualised environmental rights and proposed solutions to the inherent tensions within them.

I am also interested in US politics, particularly the history of the early United States and the role that control of natural resources played in this.

Before joining SPAIS I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester and I have also taught at SOAS. I have a BA in Combined Arts from the University of Leicester, specialising in English, History and Politics and an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of York. I returned to Leicester for my PhD in Political Theory.

Publications

 

Environmental Human Rights: A Political Theory Perspective , edited with Markku Oksanen and Selina O'Doherty, (Routledge, 2017)

‘Engaging Nature: A Review Essay’, Ethics and the Environment, 21(1), Spring 2016, pg 119 – 137.

‘’Take plow and spade, build and plant and make the wasteland fruitful’: Gerrard Winstanley and the Importance of Labour in Governing the Earth’ chapter in Governing the Earth, forthcoming.

‘The Advantages of Opposition: The Green Party’s Rhetoric on Fracking’ chapter in Voices on the Left, forthcoming.

I have also contributed to the PSA Environment blog, with posts on Thomas Paine’s Agrarian Justice and the implications of the 2015 General Election for environmental politics and policy. These posts can be found at https://psaenvironment.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/agrarian-justice/ and https://psaenvironment.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/psa-environment-blog-series/

  

Research

I am interested in the intersection of environmental political theory and the history of political thought. I argue that environmental political theory has a long history which should be used to contextualise and develop contemporary environmental politics. My doctoral research examined the past conceptions of environmental rights, showing how a variety of historical political thinkers, from Hugo Grotius and John Locke through to Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill, both conceptualised environmental rights and proposed solutions to the inherent tensions within them.

I am also interested in US politics, particularly the history of the early United States and the role that control of natural resources played in this and in the political thought of Mary Wollstonecraft.

Before joining SPAIS I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester and I have also taught at SOAS. I have a BA in Combined Arts from the University of Leicester, specialising in English, History and Politics and an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of York. I returned to Leicester for my PhD in Political Theory.

Teaching

At Bristol I specialise in teaching political theory, climate change and US politics.

The courses I convene are:

POLI30017: US Foreign Policy

POLI30026: Politics of Human Rights

POLIM0004 Climate Change and International Security

I teach on the units:

POLI11101: Political Concepts

POLI11104: Approaches to the Study of Political Science

POLI21226: Democracy and the US Government

Whilst at Leicester I also taught courses on environmental politics, history of political thought, gender in international relations and politics of human rights. I have also suppervised several undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 

Fields of interest

I am currently convening the MANCEPT workshop on Environmental Human Rights, to be held September 2016. I am also working on a project examining how contemporary environmentalists engage with the work of Gerrard Winstanley and am developing a project to examine the work of Mary Wollstonecraft with reference to eco-feminism.




Latest publications

  1. Dodsworth, AH, 2018, ‘'Freedom of the Seas': Woodrow Wilson and Natural Resources’. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, vol 16.
  2. Dodsworth, AH, 2018, ‘Defining the Natural in the Anthropocene: what does the right to a 'natural' environment mean now?’. in: Environmental Human Rights: A Political Theory Perspective . Routledge
  3. Dodsworth, AH, Oksanen, M & O'Doherty, S, 2018, ‘Introduction:Environmental Human Rights and Political Theory’. in: Environmental Human Rights: A Political Theory Perspective. Routledge
  4. Dodsworth, AH, Oksanen, M & O'Doherty, S, 2018, ‘Environmental Human Rights: A Political Theory Perspective’. Routledge
  5. Dodsworth, AH, 2017, ‘'Take plow and spade, build and plant and make the wasteland fruitful': Gerrard Winstanley and the Importance of Labour in Governing the Earth’. in: Governing the Environment in the Early Modern World. Routledge
  6. Dodsworth, AH, 2017, ‘The Advantage of Opposition: Fracking and the Greens’. in: Voices of the UK Left. Palgrave Macmillan
  7. Dodsworth, AH, 2016, ‘Review of Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon’. Ethics and the Environment, vol 21.

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