Key Research Interests


Rupert Read

Thomas Greaves

Provisional title: “Exploring the imaginary: what is an imaginary and how does it work?”

My primary research interest is in social imaginaries. I believe this is a pivotal concept for understanding and responding to the ills of our times, and yet very little work has been done to substantively develop this concept. This is the gap that my research seeks to help fill. Imaginaries research is rich and varied, spanning imagination, creativity, attitudes, norms, institutions, politics, the moral community and the public sphere, for example. For a brief overview of the ideas see:

My academic background includes sustainability and Indology – and I remain deeply interested in both of these areas. I am about also passionate about animal rights.

I also work part-time as a researcher for Perspectiva.


Earle, S. (2014, Sept 23). A symbolic summit. Open Democracy.

Anderson, V., Earle, S. & Read, R. (2016). Critiquing ‘Common Cause’. Green House.‘common_cause’_inner.pdf

Earle, S. (2016, August 3). Hugh’s ‘War on Waste’ is great – but we need to grasp the bigger picture. The Ecologist.

Earle, S. & Read, R. (2016, April 5) Why Effective Altruism is ineffective: the case of refugees. The Ecologist.