Benedict Coleridge

 Benedict Coleridge

Research topic:
Democratic Deliberation and Moral Learning
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Democratic theory Liberalism Democracy and Democratic Theory Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

I am a first year DPhil student in political theory, supervised by Professor Lois McNay. My research interests centre on democratic deliberation, justification, secularism and religious pluralism. 

I also have a long-standing sub-interest in forced migration.

Prior to my doctoral research I completed an MPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) at the University of Melbourne, where I majored in History and Russian Language. 

I have worked in an array of areas outside of academia. Before coming to Oxford I worked as a policy researcher in Brussels and the Balkans, with a focus on the Balkans as a transit route for forced migration flows to Europe. 

Directly prior to beginning my doctorate I undertook research in Cairo on the practices and conceptual frameworks employed by religious groups engaged in inter-religious dialogue.



2014 Archbishop Mannix Travelling Scholarship 

2011 Brian Fitzpatrick Prize for Best Thesis in Australian History, University of Melbourne 

Conference Papers and Presentations

Conference Presentations

-  ‘Deliberation Through Difference: The Merits of Hermeneutical Conversation,’ Trinity College Dublin, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society’, forthcoming June 2016.                

-  ‘The Politics of Moral Learning: Interfaith Dialogue and Engaged Understanding,’ Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religious Pluralism, European University Institute, January 2015.

-  ‘Principled Politics?: The Liberal Politics of Mandatory Detention,’ London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, June 2014

-  ‘From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes Through Macedonia to Croatia,’ Jesuit Refugee Service Europe Policy Paper Launch, Brussels, June 2013.


Invited Talks

-  'The Road to Calais: Migration, Trauma and the Challenges of Local Reconciliation', COMPAS Oxford, February, 2016.