Philosophical Approaches to Cultures and Environments research theme

Research theme within Social Science Research Group (SSRG).


The Philosophical Approaches to Cultures and Environment research theme aims to understand the political, social, cultural, natural and built environment and our relationship to it through a range of philosophical methods, including hermeneutics, phenomenology, and Naturphilosophie. We draw on the breadth of the history of philosophy, in particular European philosophy, to address a variety of practical issues.

Our research approach investigates and employs the interaction between philosophical thought and cultural, political and critical practices, with a particular emphasis on the collective project of human flourishing and sustainability of more than human environments.

Areas of research expertise

  • Art and creative practice 
  • Feminist philosophy 
  • Life, nature, and process 
  • Philosophy of science and sustainability  
  • Phenomenology and hermeneutics  
  • Political philosophy 
  • Philosophy and ethics of digital innovation  
  • Philosophy as a way of life and life-course wellbeing 
  • History of European philosophy 
  • Philosophy of architecture 

Ongoing projects

  • FORI – Foundations of Responsible Innovation
  • Social Dissonance
  • The Philosophical Life of Plants (AHRC funded network project)
  • UK Schelling Research Network BA bid

Contact the theme leader

For further information about this theme, please email Dr Katrina Mitcheson (

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