Dr Nikk Effingham PhD (Leeds)

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Head of Department of Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, mainly researching metaphysics (including time travel, ontology and metaontology), philosophy of religion and some philosophy of science and mind. I supervise postgraduate students in a wide variety of areas, including the philosophy of causation, the philosophy of time, and the philosophy of mind.


  • PhD. Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 2007.
  • Taught M.A., Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 2001.
  • Joint Honours B.A. Philosophy and English, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 2000.


I studied at the University of Leeds, as well as worked there as a teaching assisstant and as the administrator for the CMM (Centre of Metaphysics and Mind.) I moved to Glasgow to take up a one-year temporary teaching post before then taking another temporary post at the University of Birmingham. I was made permanent the year after.


In the 2014-15 session I will teach:

  • Problems of Philosophy: core module for 1st years.
  • A third year metaphysics course on ontology.
  • A third year course on the philosophy of religion.

I also supervise students in a wide variety of areas.

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise doctoral candidates researching areas including metaontology, the philosophy of time, the nature of causation and conceptual analysis, and the philosophy of mind. I can supervise theses in a wide variety of areas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics and many areas of philosophy of religion, science and mind. I supervise masters-level students on a wide variety of topics, including those from the above plus, e.g., the philosophy of death and the philosophy of impartial vs. partial ethical obligations.


My research has previously focused on mereology, persistence, supersubstantivalism, vagueness, time travel and the philosophy of groups. I am presently researching:

  • Time travel. I'm currently preparing a monograph on the topic. It collects, and expands, some of my previous published work (as well as reconciling certain contradictory positions present within different papers of mine.) It will also cover time travel and: the open future; chance; prima facie contradictory propositions; the Fermi paradox; ethics; philosophy of religion.
  • Ontology. I maintain an interest in ontology and metaontology, working on issues in grounding, existence, mereology, persistence, and methodology. I have just completed a book chapter on the role of ontological parsimony.
  • Philosophy of religion. I'm specifically interested in analytic metaphysical treatments of Christian philosophical theology (specifically the Trinity and pneumatology), divine hiddenness and religious pluralism. I am currently working on papers on the philosophy of the Trinity as well as on Divine Hiddenness. 

Other activities

Personal website: www.nikkeffingham.com


  • Harmoniously Investigating Concrete Structures, Thought 2 (2013): 190-95.
  • An Introduction to Ontology, Polity Press, (2013.)
  • Talking about something (but really talking about nothing), Analysis Reviews 72 (2012): 329-40.
  • Impure sets may be located: A reply to Cook, Thought 1 (2012): 330-36.
  • Endurantism and Perdurantism, Continuum Companion to Metaphysics (2012).
  • An Unwelcome Consequence of the Multiverse Thesis, Synthese 184 (2012): 375-86.
  • Undermining Motivations for Universalism, Noûs 45 (2011): 696-713.
  • Universalism and Classes, dialectica 65 (2011): 451-72.
  • Sider, Hawley, Sider and the Vagueness Argument, Philosophical Studies 154 (2011): 241-50.
  • Temporal Parts and Time Travel, Erkenntnis 74 (2011): 225-40.
  • Key Concepts in Metaphysics, Routledge, 2010. (co-authored with Helen Beebee and Philip Goff)
  • Mereological Explanation and Time Travel, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2010): 333-45.
  • The Metaphysics of Groups, Philosophical Studies 149 (2010): 251-67.
  • Composition, Persistence and Identity, in The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics ed. Le Poidevin, Simons, McGonigal and Cameron (2009): 296-309.
  • Universalism, Vagueness and Supersubstantivalism, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2009): 35-42.
  • A Mereological Challenge to Endurantism (with Jon Robson) Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2007): 633-40
  • Endurantism and Timeless Worlds (with Joseph Melia) Analysis 67 (2007): 140-7.