Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Kerri Woods

Lecturer in Political Theory

I am a Lecturer in Political Theory, specialising in contemporary political philosophy. I have written about human rights theory, the idea of cosmopolitan friendship, solidarity, vulnerability, environmental justice and global justice.

I am a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, and Treasurer of the 'Association for Social and Political Philosophy’ .

Prior to coming to Leeds I held a Teaching Fellowship and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of York. Prior to that, I did my PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Research Interests

My recent work has been on cosmopolitan accounts of obligations to ‘distant others’ and the role of sentiment in the motivation and justification of such obligations.

I have longstanding interests in human rights theory and various topics in environmental ethics, including climate change ethics and environmental human rights.


At undergraduate level I teach on Freedom, Power and Resistance and Justice, Community and Conflict.

At postgraduate level I teach Global Justice.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise promising and motivated students interested in all areas connected to my research.

Key Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  • ‘Civic and Cosmopolitan Friendship’, Res Publica Special Issue ‘Reflections on Friendship’ (2013) Vol.19, No.1, pp.81-94.
  • ‘Whither Sentiment? Compassion, Solidarity and Disgust in Cosmopolitan Thought’, Journal of Social Philosophy (2012) Vol.43, No.1, pp.33-49.
  • ‘Suffering, sympathy, and (environmental) security: Reassessing Rorty’s contribution to human rights theory’. Res Publica (2009) Vol.15, No.1, pp.53-66.
  • ‘What does the language of human rights bring to campaigns for environmental justice?’ Environmental Politics (2006) Vol.15, No.4, pp.572-591.
Book Chapters
  • ‘On Climate Justice, Motivation and Harm’. The Politics of Sustainability: Philosophical Perspectives, eds. May Thorseth and Dieter Birnbacher, Routledge, 2015.
  • ‘Environmental Human Rights’. Oxford Handbook for Environmental Political Theory, eds. Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John Meyer, David Schlosberg, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2015.
  • ‘Environment’. Human Rights: Politics and Practice, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press), Michael Goodhart (ed), co-authored with John Barry, (2012) pp.381-395.

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