Professor David Boucher - BA, MSc, PhD, FRHistS, Acss, FLSW
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4862
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4946
Location: Room 1.46, 65-68 Park Place
Research interests include Modern Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Theory of International Relations, Human Rights, Collingwood and British Idealism, Popular Culture.
Research Units and Centres
David Boucher (Cardiff) Marnie Hughes Warrington and Ian Tregenza (Macquarie University), and Stein Helgeby (Australian Tax Office) 2007- 2011 'The Empire of Idealism? Civilisation and Australian New Idealism. The project traces the movement of British 'New Idealist' philosophy to Australia in the mid nineteen century, its transformation in Australian New Idealism, and return to Britain. Australian Research Council (grant DP0772276) A$302,000.
David Boucher (Cardiff), Teresa Smith (Oxford) Revised edition of R. G. Collingwood, An Autobiography and Other Writings. The aim is to publish additional previously unpublished material, including ‘A Log of a Journey to the East Indies’, to shed light on the life and work of this English philosophy, and also to include critical essays exploring some of his controversial ideas.
The Hobbesian Legacy in International Relations. This project traces Hobbes’s reception in different contexts and the aspects of his work that different genres of literature highlighted for special attention.
Positions within the School
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Staffing and Diversity, 2010-12. Inaugural Director of the Graduate School in Humanities, 2005-8; Became Head of School 2009-12; Acting Head of School 2008-2009; Assistant Head of School Research 2000-2008; Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre; and, Adjunct professor of International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; Senior Research Associate, University of South Africa. He was the founding Director of the Researcher and Graduate School in Humanities at Cardiff. Currently, Research Professor in Political Philosophy and International Relations
David Boucher studied at the University of Wales, Swansea, The London School of Economics and Liverpool University. He was a tutorial fellow at Cardiff, 1980-83, and a lecturer, 1983-4. He was a lecturer/senior lecturer at La Trobe University Melbourne, a research fellow, and senior lecturer at the Australian National University, and professor of politics at University of Wales Swansea, before returning to Cardiff in 2000 as a Professorial Fellow. He is currently research professor of political theory and international relations. He is adjunct professor of international relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg, and Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre since 1993.
Awards and prizes
The Edwin Drew Prize in Public Administration. Awarded at University College, Swansea, 1975.
Nuffield Foundation grant to study the unpublished papers of R. G. Collingwood. October, 1984-December, 1984.
La Trobe University, School of Social Sciences Research Grant to Study the Papers of R. G. Collingwood, January-February, 1986. $4000.
La Trobe University, School of Social Sciences Research Grant to Study the Papers of R.G. Collingwood, August 1987. $4000. (Published as The Social and Political Thought of R. G. Collingwood, C.U.P. 1989).
Contributor to Studies in Historical Change New Literary History the winner of the Best Special Issue award from the Conference of Editors of Learned Journals for the year 1987.
La Trobe University, School of Social Sciences Research Grant to Study Unpublished Papers of Sir Henry Jones, July-Dec. 1988. $2000. (Book completed with Andrew Vincent).
Research School of Social Sciences, A.N.U. $5000, 1989 to work on the unpublished papers of R. G. Collingwood (Published as R. G. Collingwood, Essays in Political Philosophy O.U.P. 1989).
Research School of Social Sciences, A. N. U. $2000, 1989 to attend the R. G. Collingwood Centenary Conference, Trent University, Canada, and to work in Toronto Public Library on reports of Henry Jonesí visit to Canada.
The Faculties Research Grants Committee, A.N.U. $4,500 1990 to work on papers relating to Henry Jones, Oxford, Cardiff, and North Wales September 1990 (With Andrew Vincent. Published by University of Wales Press and St Martinís Press, 1993).
December 1992: £1000 performance related payment, University College, Swansea.
July 1993-98: £30,000 awarded by Industrial Plastics Incorporated, Oregon with continuing annual support of £20,000 for the establishment and running of the Collingwood Centre at University of Wales Swansea.
March 1994: £800 awarded by the British Academy for the R. G. Collingwood Conference, 4-6 July, St. Catherineís College, Oxford.
August 1994: £12,000 grant from Industrial Plastics Inc., Oregon to work in Oxford during the Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, 1995-6 on British Idealist Political Philosophy.
March 1997: £1,000 awarded by the British Academy for the R. G. Collingwood Conference, 9-12 July, 1997.
May 1998: Nuffield Foundation. £4,100 to conduct research in Australia, Oxford and London on the extension of the moral community in British Idealist and modern political philosophy.
May 1998: British Academy. £1,100 to study the papers of John Watson in Canada.
September 1999-2002: £6,300 per annum for the Collingwood centre from Teresa Smith, Collingwoodís daughter.
January 2000: £6,700 (with Andrew Vincent), British Idealism and modern politics. AHRB.
Oct-Dec, 2001: Visiting Fellow, Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, Oxford.
February 2002: £4,200 AHRB for Politics, Poetry and Protest.
March – June 2003: Visiting Professorial Fellow, Department of Politics and the National Centre for the Study of Europe, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
August 2004: Society for the History of Philosophy and Centre Study of Scottish Philosophy Plenary Lecture on Scottish Idealism.
February 2005: Elected Senior Research Fellow of the Centre Study of Scottish Philosophy, Aberdeen University.
Leverhulme Fellowship, 2007: £18,500 to complete Natural Law, Natural Rights and Human Rights in Transition.
Special projects Political Studies Associations grants 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.
Professorial Fellow, January, 2010, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaoshiung, Taiwan.
Elected an Academician of the Social Sciences, AcSS, March, 2010
Elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, FLSW, March 2011.
Elected a member of Council, Lerned Society of Wales, 2012.
Memberships / External activities
Member of The Political Studies Association of the UK
Referee for Political Studies; History of Political Thought; Polity; Journal of the History of Ideas; Interpretation; Journal of the History of Philosophy, Oxford Review of Education, Contemporary Political Theory and Review of International Studies; Contemporary Political Theory; European Journal of Political Theory; British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Referee for Cambridge University Press, Australia Ltd. and U.K.; Oxford University Press, Great Britain and Australia; Routledge; Palgrave; Penn State University Press; Wales University Press; Blackwells; Martinus Nijhoff, Westview Press; Edinburgh University Press.
Examiner of Ph.D. theses.
External Examiner for Nottingham Trent University 1997-2000; University of the West of England 1997-2001; Queen’s University, Belfast, 2007-; Lancaster University, 2007-date.
Member of the Editorial Board of The Australian Journal of Political Science, 1990-1992. Contemporary Political Theory, 2002-date.
Series Editor: British Idealism Studies: Collingwood, Imprint Academic.
Member of the O.U.P. Committee to oversee the publication of the R. G. Collingwood papers. (With Teresa Collingwood Smith, Professors W. H. Dray, Leon Pompa, W. J. van der Dussen and Rex Martin).
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Collingwood Society, 1993-date.
Director of Collingwood and British Idealism Centre, Cardiff University, 1993-date.
David Boucher has taught at the undergraduate level: Modern Political Theory, Modern Ideologies, World Politics (Open University), History of Political Thought, Decision Making in Britain (Open University), The European Union, Political Theories of International Relations, and British Politics. At the postgraduate level he has taught, Approaches to Political Theory, Michael Oakeshott and R. G. Collingwood, The Human Rights Culture and its Discontents, The Idea of Europe, Research Skills