Professor Nicholas Southwood

PhD, BA (Hons)
Professor (Level E)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Ethical Theory 220305


Nicholas Southwood is Head of School and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is also Co-Editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy. His work is primarily in moral and political philosophy but also engages with related issues in epistemology, philosophy of law and philosophy of social science. He is author of two published monographs, Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality (OUP, 2010) and Explaining Norms (OUP, 2014), a third mongoraph, Feasibility: On What Is Possible In Politics (under contract with OUP), and many articles in journals including EthicsMindNoûs, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Researchand Philosophy & Public Affairs. His current research is primarily focused on the nature and proper role of feasibility in politics.

Researcher's projects

  1. 2017-2021: ARC Future Fellowship. FT160100409: Feasibility in politics: Taking account of groups and institutions. Dr N Southwood. $733,992
  2. 2014-2019: ARC Discovery Project. DP140102468: The demands of reason. Dr N Southwood; Prof P Pettit; Dr V McGeer; Prof J Broome. $166,000
  3. 2012-2016: ARC Discovery Project. DP120101507: Political normativity and the feasibility requirement. Dr N Southwood; Prof G Brennan; Prof D Estlund. $408,587


Current student projects

Current PhD Students Supervised ("*" designates Chair)

  1. Hugh Barrett* (PhD, in progress)
  2. Nicholas Drake* (PhD, in progress)
  3. Josef Holden (PhD, in progress)
  4. Chris Lernpass (PhD, in progress)
  5. James Lim (PhD, in progress)
  6. Oliver Rawle (PhD, in progress)
  7. Patrick Williamson (MPhil, in progress)
  8. James Willoughby (PhD, in progress)

Past student projects

Past PhD Students Supervised ("*" designates Chair)
  1. Daniel Friedrich (2008)
  2. Holly Lawford-Smith (2010)
  3. Jonathan Herington (2012)
  4. Jan Burgers (2013)
  5. Stephanie Collins* (2014)
  6. Adam Gastineau (2015)
  7. Matthew Hammerton (2016)
  8. Lucie White (2017)
  9. Ryan Cox (2017)
  10. Jessica Isserow (2017)
  11. Lachlan Umbers* (2018)
  12. Adam Bugeja* (2018)
  13. Susan Pennings (2020)
  14. Jesse Hambly* (2020)
  15. Ten-herng Lai* (2020)



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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