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Celebrated Southampton professor elected British Academy fellow

Published: 21 July 2023
Professor David Owen
Professor David Owen

A professor of social and political philosophy at the University of Southampton has been named a fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his contribution to humanities and social sciences.

Professor David Owen joins a community of 1,600 distinguished intellectuals at the national academy, which across its history has included leading minds such as Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, and Beatrice Webb.

Since joining the University of Southampton in 1995, he has made significant contributions to post-Kantian social and political philosophy, to democratic theory, and to the political ethics of refugee protection and global migration governance.

Prof Owen said: “Being elected a Fellow of the British Academy is a great honour. Since nearly all my academic career – 28 years – has been at the University of Southampton, it should really be taken as a tribute to all the colleagues, past and present, across the university who have enabled me to do the work that this award recognises, especially my colleagues in Politics and International Relations without whom this would not have been possible.”

The Southampton academic’s recent work addresses the gendered dimensions of forced migration in its relationship to sexual and reproductive health through the project Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in Central and South America. He is currently writing a book on Nietzsche for Oxford University Press’s Founders of Social and Political Thought series.

He has twice been Head of Politics and International Relations, has occupied every other major administrative role, and is currently Director of Research. He is also academic lead for the Southampton’s bid to become a University of Sanctuary.

President of the British Academy Professor Julia Black said: "It is with great pleasure that we welcome yet another outstanding cohort to the Academy’s Fellowship. The scope of research and expertise on display across our newly elected Fellows shows the breadth and depth of knowledge and insight held by the British Academy. It is our role to harness this to understand and help shape a better world.”

Read more about Prof Owen’s celebrated work here

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