Dr William Mace

Doctoral Researcher

Qualifications: MA International Politics, BSc Business Management


Office hours

Tuesdays 2pm-3pm (during semester time)

Otherwise by appointment

Further information


PhD Title: The Emerging Communitarian Liberal in the Civil Republic

Broadly speaking, my research investigates how to reconcile the principles of liberty, community and the state. Essentially, I am concerned with finding an effective political philosophy for the 21st century, one which can accommodate the new constraints being imposed around security, terrorism and other political, social, economic, technological, and environmental changes.

Research Interests

  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Republicanism
  • British Idealism, in particular T.H. Green and L.T. Hobhouse
  • Liberalism
  • Communitarianism
  • Complexity/Systems Theory


Green, Public Education, and the Idea of Positive Freedom in Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (Springer 2016)


Seminar Tutor 


Semester 1:

Political Research and Study Skills (UG Year 1)

Semester 2:

Social and Political Thinkers (UG Year 1)


Semester 1:

Debates in British Politics (UG Year 1)

Approaches to Research (UG Year 2)

Semester 2:

Social and Political Thinkers (UG Year 1)


Semester 1:

Debates in British Politics

Semester 2:

Social & Political Thinkers from Machiavelli to Keynes

Social Politics & Policy


Society for Applied Philosophy

Association for Political Thought

British Philosophical Association

Political Studies Association 

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics


Discoveries on your Doorstep (University of Surrey) - March 2017

     Poster presented - Reawakening the Common Good

Political Studies Association (PSA) - March 2016

     Paper presented - T.H. Green, complexity and society co-authored with Prof. Mark Olssen

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics - July 1015

Birkbeck Law Review, Privacy and Surveillance - November 2014

CII -The Centre for International Intervention, Reconceptualising 'International Intervention' - July 2014

Society for Applied Philosophy – June 2014





Dr Charles Masquelier

Prof. Mark Olssen

Dr Jack Holland

Dr Simon Usherwood


Faculty Postgraduate Research Studentship at the University of Surrey - Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences

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