Dr Francesco Tava

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About me

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Social Sciences at UWE. My main research interests are in political philosophy, phenomenology, and applied ethics. I am particularly interested in problems surrounding the meaning and function of political solidarity in the European context. 

I am the author of The Risk of Freedom (2016), which analyses the political phenomenology of Czech philosopher and dissident Jan Patočka, and the editor of Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe (2017), Thinking after Europe (2016), and European Solidarity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (forthcoming in 2023). I have also published in the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2021), Philosophy Now (2021), Phenomenology and Mind (2021) Studies in East European Thought (2020), Metodo (2018), Filosofický Časopis (2018), the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology (2016, 2021), and Horizon (2016). 

I am currently working on several interdisciplinary research projects focusing on the construction of European solidarity (eurosolidarity.com); and ethical models of data access and governance (uwedragon.org). In 2020-21, I have been collaborating with colleagues from the Bristol Business School on the process evaluation of the Research & Development Programme of the Open Data Institute. In 2022, I was Co-Investigator for the UKRI DARE UK project GRAIMatter (Guidelines and Resources for AI Model Access from TrusTEd Research environments).

At UWE, I am Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Philosophy, where I currently teach modules on decolonisation and film-philosophy. In 2020-23, I am also Visiting Professor at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan, Italy).

I am keen on literature and film, and am one of the founders of Thought in Action  a partnership between UWE Philosophy and Politics & IR and the Watershed cinema in Bristol.

Area of expertise

Political Philosophy; Phenomenology; Applied Ethics


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