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Dr Robin Durie

Senior Lecturer

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Robin Durie's research interests lie in two main areas. First, he undertakes research in political philosophy in the 'Continental' tradition. He has expertise in the history of phenomenology, and, in particular, in the philosophies of Bergson and Deleuze. In this area, he has published work on problems of time, change and difference. He is committed to interdisciplinary research, and has an extensive track record of active collaboration with leading scholars in the fields of physics, biology, mathematics, art, design and architecture. It is on the basis of this collaborative work that he developed his other main area of research, in public policy, and specifically research for the National Health Service. For the last four years, he has undertaken research with colleagues in the Health Complexity Group, based at the Peninsula Medical School, into processes of change in the NHS. A further dimension of this work has been to investigate processes of social and urban regeneration in the South West and Cornwall. This record of interdisciplinary research deriving from complexity theory has led to the award of 2 EPSRC funded research projects: the first project will investigate the theme of 'sustainability' from the perspective of theories of emergence; while the second will investigate the evolution of artificial culture, and problems of interpretation that emerge in the study of artificial and alien cultures (see http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/E062083/1 and and http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/E062075/1 for further details about these projects).

Research supervision

Political philosophy in the 'continental' tradition
The history of phenomenology
The philosophies of Bergson and Deleuze
Problems of time, change and difference
Processes of social and urban regeneration (particularly in the South West and Cornwall)
Interdisciplinary research in public policy (especially in relation to health-care); and also in the fields of physics, biology, mathematics, art, design and architecture

Research students

Joanie Willett (main supervisor), 'Cornish Identity'

Simon Townsend (main supervisor), 'Nietzsche & Deleuze'

Carissa Hoareau (main supervisor), EPSRC funded student, 'The Emergence of Artificial Culture in Robot Societies'

Cassie Hague (main supervisor), 'Apocalyptic Youth Fiction and Ambivalence: The limit of Politics'