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Dr Alasdair Cochrane

  • Lecturer, 2007 - 2011. Alasdair Cochrane left LSE in December 2011 and this page is no longer being updated


Alasdair Cochrane joined the Centre for the Study of Human Rights in 2007. He teaches on the core course for the MSc Human Rights 'Approaches to Human Rights', as well as on an undergraduate option in Sociology, 'Environmentalism: Theory Politics and Practice'.

Prior to joining the Centre, Alasdair taught in the Department of Government at the LSE, where he completed his PhD. He holds a 1st Class BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in Political Theory, and a PGCHE, both from LSE. 
Alasdair Cochrane's research interests include the philosophical justification of rights, contemporary political theory, environmentalism, animal ethics and bioethics. He convenes the Centre's cross-disciplinary research group on Bioethics, Rights and Human Rights.

Selected publications include:

  • An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory (Palgrave, 2010).
  • "Undignified Bioethics", Bioethics 25 (2010).
  • "Ownership and Justice for Animals", Utilitas 21 (2009).
  • "Do Animals Have an Interest in Liberty?", Political Studies 57 (2009).
  • "Animal Rights and Animal Experiments: An Interest-Based Approach", Res Publica 13 (2007).
  • "Environmental Ethics", Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (www.iep.utm.edu).

Selected research projects under review and in preparation include:

  • Animal Rights Without Liberation (forthcoming, Columbia University Press).
  • "From Human Rights to Sentient Rights".
  • "Vulnerability and Animal Rights".
  • "A Bioethical Approach to Human Rights?".
  • "Species and Social Stratification".

Cover of Introduction to Animals and Political Theory