Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am willing to supervise PhD projects in the following areas:
- Political liberalism and public reason
- Civility
- Free speech (including hate speech and disinformation)
- Political theory and political parties
- Linguistic justice
- Food justice


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Personal profile

Research interests

Matteo Bonotti is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University, having previous taught at Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Edinburgh. Matteo's research interests include linguistic justice, free speech, political liberalism, food justice, and the normative dimensions of partisanship. These interests are diverse but unified by a common underlying theme: ethical pluralism and cultural diversity in contemporary societies, and the question of how the state should respond to them.

Matteo's work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Political Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, and the European Journal of Political Theory. His monograph Partisanship and Political Liberalism in Diverse Societies was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Matteo is currently Primary Chief Investigator (PCI) on a 2-year project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and the University of Oklahoma examining civility and incivility in public life in Australia, the USA and the UK.

Matteo's forthcoming works include the following:


- Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy: A Public Reason Approach, forthcoming with Oxford University Press (with Anne Barnhill, Johns Hopkins University)

- Free Speech, forthcoming with Polity (with Jonathan Seglow, Royal Holloway, University of London)


- 'Party Linkage, Public Justification, and Mixed Electoral Systems', forthcoming in Political Studies

- 'Cities, Neighbourhoods and the Challenges of Immigration', forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Philosophy

- 'Multilingual Parties and the Ethics of Partisanship', forthcoming in The Journal of Politics (with Nenad Stojanović, University of Geneva)

- 'Policy Narratives, Localisation, and Public Justification: Responses to COVID-19', forthcoming in the Journal of European Public Policy (with Michael Mintrom, Maria Rost Rublee and Steven Zech)

- 'Citizenship, Language Tests and Political Participation', forthcoming in Nations and Nationalism (with Louisa Willoughby, Monash University)

- 'Learning from COVID-19: Public Justification and the Ontology of Everyday Life', forthcoming in Social Theory and Practice (with Andrea Borghini, Nicola Piras, and Beatrice Serini, University of Milan)

- 'Freedom of Expression', forthcoming in Philosophy Compass (with Jonathan Seglow)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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