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Yr Athro David Boucher

Yr Athro David Boucher

Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations

+44 (0)29 2087 4862
0.02, 69 Park Place, Cathays, Caerdydd, cf103as


My research interests include Modern Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Theory of International Relations, Human Rights, Collingwood and British Idealism, and Popular Culture. I am professor of political philosophy and international relations, and Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre at Cardiff University. I have previously held visiting fellowships and professorships at the Australian National University; Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand; The National Sun Yat Sen University, Taiwan; and Oxford University. I am a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; the Royal Historical Society; and the Learned Society of Wales, on whose Council I serve. In 2017 I became the Vice-President for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences of teh Learned Society of Wales. I am also a Distingusihed Visting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Johannesburg 2016-2020.


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, and later Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the founding Director of the Graduate School in Humanities at Cardiff.

Career profile

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 professor of political theory and international relations, adjunct professor of international relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Senior Research Associate and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Johannesburg, and Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre since 1993.

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • 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, Learned Society of Wales, 2012.
  • Vice-President, Learned Society of Wales, 2017-2020.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Member of The Political Studies Association of the UK
  • Member of the International Studies Association
  • Fellow of the Royal HIsotical Society
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

SCOLAR Steering Group

Department Director of Research and Strategy Group Member.

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



















  • Boucher, D. 2003. The social and political thought of R. G. Collingwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. J. eds. 2003. Political thinkers: from Socrates to the present. NewYork, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Boucher, D. 2003. International justice. In: Bellamy, R. and Mason, A. eds. Political Concepts. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 196-210.
  • Boucher, D. 2003. Burke. In: Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. eds. Political Thinkers: from Socrates to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 363-382.
  • Boucher, D. 2003. Oakeshott. In: Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. eds. Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 459-479.
  • Boucher, D. 2003. Rousseau. In: Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. eds. Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 235-252.
  • Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. J. 2003. Introduction. In: Boucher, D. and Kelly, P. J. eds. Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-22.
  • Boucher, D. 2003. The transition from natural rights to the culture of human rights. In: Haddock, B. A. and Sutch, P. eds. Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights. Routledge Innovations in Political Theory Vol. 12. London: Routledge, pp. 196-213.


  • Boucher, D. 2002. R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943). In: Dematteis, P. B., Fosl, P. S. and McHenry, L. B. eds. Dictionary of Literary Biogrpahy: British Philosophers, 1800-2000. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 262. Detroit, MI: Gale Group, pp. 70-79.










  • Boucher, D. 1991. Originality and ambiguity as criteria of greatness. In: Rubinoff, L. and Dussen, W. J. v. d. eds. Objectivity, Method and Point of View: Essays in the Philosophy of History. Philosophy of History and Culture Vol. 6. Leiden: E. J. Brill, pp. 22-46.




I have 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 I have taught, Approaches to Political Theory, Michael Oakeshott and R. G. Collingwood, The Human Rights Culture and its Discontents, The Idea of Europe, Research Skills, and Machiavelli, Hobbes and Rouseau on International Relations.

I am able to supervise a range of subject areas at the doctoral level including History of Thought in International Relations; Modern Political Theory; Aspects of Idealism; and philosophy of history.


Past projects