Personal profile


Professor Goodwin joined UEA in 1996, having previously worked at Brunel University, West London. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Somerville College and completed a DPhil on utopian socialism at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

 Barbara Goodwin specialises in political philosophy and has published on ideologies, social justice, utopianism and ethics in the workplace and the arms trade. She teaches political philosophy, democratic theory, ideologies, utopianism and the history of political thought. She also co-teaches the modules on philosophy of social science and public choice which form a core element of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree. She is Teaching Director of the School of Political, Social and International Studies.

Professor Goodwin’s  current research interests include the role which lotteries can play in markets, the relation between taxation and government power and punishment and sentencing policy.

She is the General Editor of a new series of books, `Sortition and Public Policy’ published by Imprint Academic, which explores the potential of the lot as both a remedy for the problems of modern democracy and a fair method of allocation when difficult choices have to be made.  
The 6th edition of Using Political Ideas (by Barbara Goodwin) was published in January 2014. See Abstract. Available here from publishers John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. Price £27.99. Also available as an e-Book.

Key Research Interests

Specialises in political philosophy and has published ideologies, social justice, utopianism and ethics in the workplace.