About Professor Simon Tormey

Research interests include: Global Civil Society/Alter Globalisation; Contemporary Political Theory and Global Politics; ‘Critical Theories'.

Simon Tormey took up the position of Professor and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences in February 2009. Prior to his appointment at Sydney he was Head of the School of Politics and International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham UK. He was educated at the University of Wales, Swansea receiving his doctorate in 1991. He was a Research Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Leicester before joining Nottingham in 1990. In 2005 he was awarded a personal chair (‘professorship') in Politics and Critical Theory.

Among his current research and teaching interests are:

Global Civil Society/Alter-Globalisation - The theory and practice of transformative movements; social forums; Deleuze, Guattari and rhizomatic politics; social movements; indigeneity and the anthropology of stateless societies.

Contemporary Political Theory and Global Politics - theories/critics of totalitarianism/modernity/postmodernity; concepts of democracy/representation/difference/identity. The idea of ‘development'; theories of ‘Global Justice'.

‘Critical Theories' - Neo and Post-Marxisms; the work of the Budapest School; Castoriadis; Laclau & Mouffe; Zizek. French thought after 1968; Postcolonial theory (Spivak, Bhabha, Wittgenstein); critical pedagogy and education (‘global citizenship'; ‘global dimension in HE'/the RAE etc.).

He welcomes applications from students looking for honours, masters or PhD supervision on any of the themes above.

Selected publications

For a complete profile and list of publications go here.