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Sahra Taylor

PhD Student / Doctoral Researcher

Department of International Politics


Thesis title: Exploring and redefining Cosmopolitanism Theory, through educational philosophy, and as critical theory; and its role in the creation of a Cosmopolitan world

Supervisor: Dr Tom Davies

Overview and research interests

Sahra's research involves the analysis and re-presentation of contemporary and Enlightenment cosmopolitan theory as both containing critical elements and at its core as a pedagogical theory and exercise for identity formation, development and global interaction.

Whilst much of contemporary research and practice involves the exploration of global issues, such as global governance, global management, international human rights, just war theory and immigrant rights, Sahra's divergent approach is exploring identity politics and the creation of the cosmopolitan individual as a political act of power, and as a precursor to a Cosmopolitan world. From this, Sahra is developing Cosmopolitan Theory as a critical theory, connecting the political theory approach to, and expanding upon Benhabib, Delanty, and Ingram's theoretical developments of cosmopolitanism.

In addition to the contemporary side, Sahra is exploring and expanding upon contemporary understandings of European Enlightenment cosmopolitan theory as it pertains to the role of education, identity and agency.

Sahra obtained a mediocre BSc in Energy Management from Leicester University in 1996, before pursuing a wildly inappropriate career as a Consulting Civil Engineer.

She finally returned to University and obtained a 1st in International Politics at City University in 2014, graduated top of her class and was awarded the 2014 City University International Politics Prize for her Dissertation: Education, The Forgotten Fundamental in 18th Century Cosmopolitan Theory.

She is currently in receipt of a City University PhD Studentship, is the IP Politics PhD Student Representative and is an Undergraduate Module Tutor for module IP1015: International Political Theories.

Research interests:

  • Cosmopolitan Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Enlightenment Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Political Philosophy


  • International Political Theories (IP1015)

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