I joined Philosophy at Stirling in 2002 after completing my PhD - on the justification of property rights - at Cambridge. Before postgraduate research, I worked for a year on tax policy as a civil servant in HM Treasury.
My research examines the nature and justification of rights and duties, and their role in shaping a democratic public sphere. I am especially interested in the comparative importance of different forms of right including human rights, natural rights, contractual rights, property rights, legal rights. I am co-editor of Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (OUP, 2015) (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199688630.do).
My forthcoming book - Human Rights, Ownership, and the Individual (OUP, 2019) - examines the distinction between rights grounded primarily by what they do for the right-holder (e.g. our 'basic' human rights) and those grounded by what they do for the wider community independently of their benefits to the right-holder (e.g. most property rights and other useful created systems of rights). I start from a new account of the nature of rights as formally bringing together duty-bearer and right-holder first-personally. Work on this book was supported by a British Academy mid-career fellowship (2016-17).
I am currently part of a project, Norms for the New Public Sphere, with Fabienne Peter (Warwick) and Jonathan Heawood (Senior Research Fellow), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2019-22. The project brings together academic philosophers with those working in media studies and media activists and professionals, in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the 'public sphere'. The project team will criticise and consider the norms that could underpin a media policy framework for the internet age.
A guiding aim of my research is to demonstrate how philosophical positions bear on the justification of public policies and law. I have participated in policy development for NGOs and government, and in public inquiries including in 2012 as an invited witness at the Leveson Inquiry (www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Witness-Statement-of-Dr-Rowan-Cruft.pdf) and as co-author of a submission to the Commission on a Bill of Rights for the UK. I am currently a participant in an AHRC/MRC-funded interdisciplinary network working with health, law and media academics and professionals, examining the right to health in youth justice institutions in Brazil and Scotland.
Teaching: I teach undergraduate modules on a range of topics in moral, political and legal philosophy, and also regularly teach on our joint graduate programme with St Andrews (https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/sasp/).
Research Postgraduate Supervision: I am currently supervising PhDs on the nature of rights, on human rights and cultural heritage, and on trust and audit. I have supervised PhD theses on the nature of 'positive' or socio-economic rights, on well-being as a ground for justice, on the justice of market transactions, on the defensibility of democracy, on the responsibility of collective agents, on causation in morality and law, and on civil disobedience. I enjoy postgraduate supervision and my students have a strong record on the job market, and a strong record attracting AHRC and other awards. See http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~sasp/ for full details of the St Andrews - Stirling joint graduate programme.
Professional Activities: In addition to reviewing for journals, I am a member of the management committee of The Philosophical Quarterly. From 2015-17 I was a member of the executive committee of the Aristotelian Society. From 2007-14, I was a member of the AHRC peer review college. I am external examiner for the undergraduate philosophy degree at King's College London, and have held similar roles at Cambridge and Glasgow.
Cruft R (2019) How Fundamental is the Right to Freedom of Exchange?. In: Queralt J & van der Vossen B (eds.) Economic Liberties and Human Rights. Political Philosophy for the Real World. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 259-274. https://www.routledge.com/Economic-Liberties-and-Human-Rights-1st-Edition/Queralt-van-der-Vossen/p/book/9781138574397
Cruft R (2018) In What Sense Should Respect for Human Rights Be Attainable? A Response to Brownlee. In: Etinson A (ed.) Human Rights: Moral or Political?. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 327-336. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/human-rights-moral-or-political-9780198713258?cc=gb〈=en
Cruft R (2017) The circularity of the interest and will theories of rights. In: McBride M (ed.) New Essays on the Nature of Rights. Oxford: Hart, pp. 169-186. http://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/new-essays-on-the-nature-of-rights-9781509910144/
Cruft R, Liao SM & Renzo M (eds.) (2015) Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Philosophical Foundations of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199688630.do
Cruft R (2015) From a Good Life to Human Rights: Some Complications. In: Cruft R, Liao S & Renzo M (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Philosophical Foundations of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 101-116. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/philosophical-foundations-of-human-rights-9780199688630?cc=gb〈=en&
Cruft R, Liao SM & Renzo M (2015) The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights: An Overview. In: Cruft R, Liao S & Renzo M (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Philosophical Foundations of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-41. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/philosophical-foundations-of-human-rights-9780199688630?cc=gb〈=en&
Cruft R (2015) Human Rights as Individualistically Justified: A Defence. In: Brooks T (ed.) Current Controversies in Political Philosophy. Current Controversies in Philosophy. London: Routledge, pp. 45-62. https://www.routledge.com/Current-Controversies-in-Political-Philosophy/Brooks/p/book/9780415517539
Cruft R (2015) Human Rights Law Without Natural Moral Rights. Review of: The Heart of Human Rights, Allen E. Buchanan, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 336 pp. ISBN 9780199325382. Ethics and International Affairs, 29 (2), pp. 223-232. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0892679415000088
Cruft R (2014) Human Rights, Human Agency and Respect: Extending Griffin's View. In: Crisp R (ed.) Griffin on Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 114-141. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199668731.do
Cruft R (2011) Human Rights as Rights. In: Ernst G & Heilinger J (eds.) The Philosophy of Human Rights: Contemporary Controversies. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 129-158. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/178551
Cruft R, Kramer M & Reiff M (eds.) (2011) Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://global.oup.com/academic/product/crime-punishment-and-responsibility-9780199592814;jsessionid=4EB18631174CEDD0C2480E5E3B14C507?cc=gb〈=en&
Reiff M & Cruft R (2011) Antony Duff and the Philosophy of Punishment. In: Cruft R, Kramer M & Reiff M (eds.) Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-24. http://global.oup.com/academic/product/crime-punishment-and-responsibility-9780199592814;jsessionid=4EB18631174CEDD0C2480E5E3B14C507?cc=gb〈=en&
Cruft R (2010) Two Approaches to Human Rights. Review of: On Human Rights. By James Griffin. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. Pp. xiii + 339. ISBN 9780191553509
Poverty and Fundamental Rights: the Justification and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights. By David Bilchitz. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. Pp. xviii + 279. ISBN 9780191021695. Philosophical Quarterly, 60 (238), pp. 176-182. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2009.638.x
Cruft R (2009) What Do Basic Rights Demand?. In: Chappell T (ed.) The Problem of Moral Demandingness: New Philosophical Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=297799
Cruft R (2008) Liberalism and the changing character of the criminal law: Response to Ashworth and Zedner. Commentary on: Ashworth, A. & Zedner, L. (2007). Defending the criminal law: Reflections on the changing character of crime, procedure, and sanctions. Criminal Law and Philosophy, doi: 10.1007/s11572-007-9033-2.. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 2 (1), pp. 59-65. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11572-007-9034-1
Cruft R (2007) Policy Implications of the Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. In: Ollero A (ed.) Human Rights and Ethics / Derechos humanos y Ètica: Proceedings of the 22nd IVR World Congress Granada 2005. Volume III. Archiv fur Rechts-und Sozialphilosophie, 108. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 60-67. http://www.steiner-verlag.de/programm/fachbuch/philosophie/rechts-und-sozialphilosophie/reihen/view/titel/56045.html