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Professor of Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex

David Howarth is a Professor in Ideology and Discourse Analysis in the Department of Government and Co-Director of the Centre for Theory, Policy & Society at the University of Essex. He is first and foremost a political theorist, whose main interests are poststructuralist theories of society and politics, focussing especially on the empirical study of political ideologies and discourses; the theoretical relationship between space, time and the political; and the intersections between identity, difference and subjectivity. In pursuing this project, he has written a single-authored book entitled Discourse (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000), which puts forward a distinctive theory of discourse and an approach for its analysis, and he has recently co-authored a research monograph entitled Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory (London: Routledge, 2007), which elaborates an innovative, post-structuralist approach to social science method and explanation.

He has also published Poststructuralism and After (London: Palgrave) - and The Politics of Sustainable Aviation (Manchester: Manchester University Press). He is also conducting research into the relationship between faith, politics and public space in contemporary liberal democracies, in which he is exploring the impact of faith schools on the development of democratic citizenship.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Essex


  • 1995 
    University of Essex , PhD


  • 2013
    The Politics of Airport Expansion in the United Kingdom: Hegemony, Policy and the Rhetoric of ‘Sustainable Aviation’ ,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Principal Applicant
    Funding Source:
  • 2011
    ‘The Prospects for Sustainable Aviation: Negotiating & Mediating between Competing Perspectives’
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council