Dr Simon Stevens

Job: Lecturer in Political Philosophy / Political Thought

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4474

E: simon.stevens@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I completed my PhD at Loughborough university. My thesis investigated hostile architecture and its effects on the street homeless. As this project required no thought experiment – the reality was unfamiliar enough that the research did not require a reframing fantasy but a presentation of our actual towns and cities – my thesis also involved a deep discussion on storytelling methods for political theory. In this, I cultivated an interest in alternative modes of delivery and epistemologies, such as moral sentimentalism, genealogy, and Black feminist thought. I am the module lead for the Political Theory and Power, Politics and Morality courses.

Research interests/expertise

Political philosophy, methods in political philosophy, public space and homelessness, theories of power, Black feminist thought, Black existentialism.

Areas of teaching

Political philosophy, existentialism


Doctor in Philosophy, MA in Political Theory, BA Hons in Modern History

Courses taught

Political Theory, Power, Politics and Morality, Political Ideologies, Comparative Government

Honours and awards

  • PhD in Political Theory
  • MA in Political Thought
  • BA Hons in Modern History
  • Winner of 2017 ISRF International Essay Competition

Membership of professional associations and societies

European Consortium for Political Research 2016 - present

Professional licences and certificates

  • Essential Teaching Skills 2016 Loughborough University
  • CELTA teaching qualification 2008


Currently I am working on a book exploring hostile architecture and the homeless, exploring theories of power and othering. This will involve a series of YouTube videos. I also have a couple of papers under review, focussing on methods in political theory and anti-social behaviour legislation.

Consultancy work

Currently in discussions with Shelter charity for a funding project

Externally funded research grants information

Currently applying for Seedcorn funding

Published patents

DOI: 10.1177/0170840616686130 Life and Lettind Die: A Story of the Homeless, Autonomy and Anti-Social Behaviour UK

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