Welcome to the CSSGJ

The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) was created to provide a focus for research and teaching in relation to the most fundamental question facing us as citizens: how should we live?

Formerly based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, CSSGJ was created as a space for critical reflection, education, and research in many different facets of social and global justice.

At Nottingham University, CSSGJ held public seminars, lectures, workshops, and conferences – always seeking to build bridges with the local community and support local struggles in a non-sectarian way.

With an increasingly shrinking critical space in the university, CSSGJ decided that it could do more for progressive education and causes of social and global justice by separating itself from Nottingham University. By becoming independent, we are now permitted to build our own website, and engage with the public in a way that avoids the increasingly prohibitive regulations that result from the neo-liberalisation and bureaucratisation of academia in Britain.

CSSGJ is excited about the prospects of reaching a larger audience by moving the bulk of its events online and being able to invite speakers from all around the world, without the financial constraints of having to pay for transport costs and hotels.

We will hold regular online events available to all, including speakers from various countries and continents – all focused on promoting social and global justice through education.

Consonant with its commitment to social justice, CSSGJ ensures a great variety of speakers from different ethnic and gender backgrounds.

CSSGJ is already holding its Seminar Series online throughout the year. A series of Marx’s Capital lectures given by Andy Higginbottom will soon start, accompanied by a CSSGJ reading group. Finally, a podcast is in the planning stages. We are hoping to develop a space where those interested in progressive education and matters of social and global justice can congregate online and overcome the barriers of physical distance between us.


Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham University. His general expertise is in the area of International Relations/International Political Economy theories and the analysis of European integration as well as resistance to neo-liberal globalisation with a particular emphasis on the possible role of trade unions. He can be emailed at andreas.bieler@nottingham.ac.uk

Tony Burns is a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He has a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Sheffield, a PGCE with Distinction from the University of Huddersfield, and a PhD from Nottingham Trent University. He can be emailed at tony.burns@nottingham.ac.uk

Oliver Dodd is an ESRC sponsored PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies, Oliver received a BA in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham. He can be emailed at oliver.dodd@nottingham.ac.uk