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Amanda Margaret Machin

Associate Professor

Political Sociology

Amanda Machin is a political sociologist with a specialisation in environmental politics and​ radical democracy. After completing her PhD at the University of Westminster, London with Chantal Mouffe she moved to Germany to take up various positions at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen and the University of Witten/Herdecke. She is interested in the dynamics, identifications and discourses of socio-ecological transformation and the role of human bodies in politics. She has published numerous articles on these topics with international journals such as Environmental Politics, Environmental Values and Democratic Theory. Together with Marcel Wissenburg, she is currently editing a collection on Green Political Theory with Edward Elgar and she is a member of editorial review board, the Global Epistemics book series at Rowman & Littlefield International.

Research interests

Climate change and radical democracy; climate discourses and political imaginaries; food politics; citizens' assemblies; sustainable development; environmental citizenship; populism; the politics of statues.

Work experience

May 2021 – Oct 2021. Visiting Fellow, Centre for Social Investment, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Oct 2020 – March 2022. Research Fellow, PPE Department, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Oct 2018 – Oct 2020. Interim Professor of International Political Studies, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Sep 2014 – Sep 2018.Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany.

 June 2016 – Dec 2017. Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany.

Jan 2007 – June 2014. Visiting Lecturer and Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) Department of Politics and IR, University of Westminster, UK.

Selected publications


Amanda Machin (2022) Bodies of Democracy: Modes and Moments of Embodied Politics. Bielefeld and London: Transcript Press.

Nico Stehr and Amanda Machin (2020) Society and Climate: Transformations and Challenges. Singapore: World Scientific.

Alexander Ruser and Amanda Machin (2017) Against Political Compromise: Sustaining Democratic Debate. London: Routledge.

Amanda Machin (2015) Nations and Democracy: New Theoretical Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Amanda Machin (2013) Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus. London: Zed Books.


Journal Papers (peer reviewed)

Amanda Machin (2022) “Climate Democracy: Sceptical, Rational and Radical Imaginaries“. Advanced review. WIRES Climate Change. e774.  https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.774

Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser (2021) “Corporealising a healthy democracy? Inequality, bodies and participation”. Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy. 57 (2): 209-224. DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2019.1674912

Amanda Machin (2020) “The Agony of Nuclear: Sustaining Democratic Disagreement” Sustainability: Science, Practice, Policy. 16 (1): 335-352. DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2020.1829847

Amanda Machin (2020) “Democracy, disagreement, disruption: agonism and the environmental state”. Environmental Politics. 29 (1): 155-172DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1684739

Amanda Machin (2019) “Democracy in the Anthropocene: The Challenges of Knowledge, Time and Identity”. Environmental Values. 28 (3): 347-365. DOI: 10.3197/096327119X15519764179836

Amanda Machin (2019) “Agony and the Anthropos: Democracy and Boundaries in the Anthropocene”. Nature + Culture. 14 (1): 1-16. DOI: 10.3167/nc.2019.140101

Amanda Machin (2019) “Changing the Story? The trajectory of the ecological modernisation discourse in the European Union”. Environmental Politics. 28 (2): 208-227. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1549780

Amanda Machin (2018) “Science, Knowledge and Bodies: “We can know more than we can tell”” Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. 55 (4): 84-97.

Amanda Machin (2016) “Hunger Power: The embodied protest of the political hunger strike”. Interface. 8 (1): 157-180.

Amanda Machin (2015) “Deliberating Bodies: Democracy, Identification and Embodiment”. Democratic Theory. 2 (1): 42-62.

Amanda Machin (2014)Mouffe, Merleau-Ponty and Others: The View from Somewhere?” Parallax.  20 (2): 73-87.        

Amanda Machin and Graham Smith (2014)Means, Ends, Beginnings: Environmental Technocracy, Ecological Deliberation or Embodied Democracy?” Ethical Perspectives. 21 (1): 47-72.  

Amanda Machin (2012)Decisions, disagreement and responsibility: towards an agonistic green citizenship”. Environmental Politics. 21 (6): 847-863.


Edited Books and Special Issues

Marcel Wissenburg and Amanda Machin (eds.) (forthcoming 2024) Handbook of Environmental Political Theory in the Anthropocene. Edward Elgar.

Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser (eds.) (forthcoming 2022) Special Issue - Sustainability Politics and Civil Society. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society.

 Amanda Machin and Nadine Meidert (eds.) (2021) Political Identification in Europe: Community in Crisis. Bingley: Emerald Press.

Amanda Machin and Nico Stehr (eds.) (2016) Understanding Inequality: Social Costs and Benefits. Wiesbaden: Springer.


Book Chapters and Other Articles (selection)

Amanda Machin (2022) “Climate Change and Green Democratic Transformations”. Basil Bornemann, Henrike Knappe and Patrizia Nanz (eds.) The Handbook of Democracy and Sustainability. Routledge.

Amanda Machin (2022) “Green Democracy: Political Imaginaries of Environmental Movements”. Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements. Routledge.

Ben Abrams, Sebastian Büttner and Amanda Machin (2021) “Identity and Brexit: Five Readings of the Referendum”. Amanda Machin and Nadine Meidert (eds) (2021) Political Identification in Europe: Community in Crisis. pp. 147- 160. Bingley: Emerald Press.

Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser (2020) “Rally around the Flag? The Far-Right Response to Covid-19”. Green European Journal. www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/rally-around-the-flag-the-far-right-response-to-covid-19/

Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser (2019) “What Counts in the Politics of Climate Change? Science, Scepticism and Emblematic Numbers”. Markus Prutsch (ed.) Science, Numbers and Politics. pp. 203-225. Palgrave MacMillan.

Amanda Machin (2019) “Nations and Nationalism.” Yannis Stravrakakis (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory. pp. 285-295. New York: Routledge.

Amanda Machin and Alexander Ruser (2019) “Nationalising the Climate: Is the Far Right Turning Green?” Green European Journal.  www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/nationalising-the-climate-is-the-european-far-right-turning-green/

Amanda Machin and Oliver Wagener (2019) “The Nature of Green Populism”. Green European Journal. www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/the-nature-of-green-populism/

Amanda Machin (2018) “Green Democracy”. Noel Castree, Mike Hulme and James Proctor (eds.) The Companion to Environmental Studies. pp.184-187. London & New York: Routledge.

Amanda Machin (2017) “Sustaining Democracy: Science, Politics and Disagreement in the Anthropocene”. Thomas Pfister (ed.) Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften und die Suche nach neuen Wissensregimen. pp. 169-186. Munich: Metropolis.



Scientific publications

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