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Past Visitors/Visiting Students

Johanna Ahola-Launonen, University of Helsinki

Johanna Ahola-Launonen Johanna Ahola-Launonen is a doctoral student in Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has a M.Soc.Sci in social and moral philosophy and a B.Sci in genetics. Her area of research is the conceptions of personal responsibility for health and well-being in bioethics. Her areas of interest include political philosophy, philosophical bioethics, distributive justice, and social determinants of health.

Professor Marcelo de Araujo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Olga Campos
Marcelo is professor for Ethics at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and professor for Philosophy of Law at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.  He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Konstanz University (Germany) with a thesis on Rene Descartes in 2002. Marcelo is particularly interested in the tradition of the social contract both as a political and as moral theory. In 2007-2008 he was granted a one-year scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in order to pursue a research on the concept of moral dispositions in the context of moral contractarianism at Konstanz University. Marcelo also has an interest in international relations theory. He is currently working on a paper on the relationship between political realism and the prospect of using moral enhancement in order to deal with major threats to mankind in the future. 

Sorin Baiasu, Keele University

Soren Baiasu

Sorin Baiasu is Reader in Philosophy at Keele University (UK) and Guest Research Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria), as part of the ERC Advanced Project “Distortions of Normativity”. He has published one monograph, two edited collections, three journal special issues, and many articles and chapters. Three other edited collections are under contract. His research focuses mainly on the history of ethics (in particular Kant) and analytic political philosophy (particularly, debates on justice and desert). He is currently completing a monograph on A Desert-based Egalitarian Theory of Justice, which draws on articles he published in the Journal of Political Philosophy and Contemporary Political Theory. He is also Principal Investigator for a Marie Curie Intra-European Project with the title “A Kantian Approach to Current Tensions between Legal Obligations and Religious Commitments.”

Dr Robert Bell, University of Calgary

Heather Bradshaw MartinDr Robert Bell is a consultant Neurologist at the University of Calgary, and his sub-specialty training is in the field of Neuroimmunology and Neurogenetics. During his sabbatical leave in Oxford he will be pursuing studies in Neuroethics. He was trained in Medicine at the University of Alberta and subsequently qualified in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Calgary. Robert undertook further Fellowship training in Neuroimmunology at Stanford University eventually returning to Calgary to an academic practise as a clinician scientist and consultant neurologist. He is a professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary as well as being cross appointed to the Institute of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity. Robert remains active in the training of Neurology residents and graduate students in Immunology and he is part of a translational research program related to the development of new therapies for Multiple sclerosis.

Pieter Bonte, Ghent University

Pieter BontePieter Bonte (MA Phil, LLB) works as a doctoral researcher at the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG, Ghent University) on the (im)possibility of dignified self-change via biotechnology and selection or manipulation of one’s offspring. Focusing on the dimension of the human enhancement enterprise as an expansion of practical personal liberties (and concomitant responsibilities), he is exploring the validity of an existentialist understanding of the human enhancement enterprise as a ‘condemnation to be free’. As such, the enhancement enterprise may not at all be a ‘dehumanizing’ and ‘alienating’ enterprise as some critics advance, but on the contrary an enterprise that confronts us with the authentic human condition, making ‘existence precede essence’ in a practical, acute way. He was co-editor of the Springer volume Athletic Enhancement, Human Nature and Ethics and has written on topics ranging from doping over chemical castration to preconception care.  Following his stay at the Uehiro Center Pieter will visit the Hastings Center and the Interdisciplinary Center on Bioethics at Yale and he is set to finish his PhD in the Summer of 2014.

 Andreas Christiansen

Andreas_ChristiansenAndreas Christiansen is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and the Centre for Synthetic Biology at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a BA and an MA in philosophy and a BA in political science, all from the University of Copenhagen. His Ph.D. dissertation concerns ethical issues in synthetic biology. His main research interests are in metaethics, normative ethics and politcial philosophy, and their relations.

David Coady

David CoadyDavid Coady is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published on a wide variety of topics in applied philosophy. Much of his work is in the area of applied epistemology. This includes work on expertise, conspiracy theories, rumour, Wikipedia, the blogosphere, and the epistemology of democracy. He has also published on metaphysics, philosophy of law, police ethics, the ethics of horror films, and the ethics of cricket. He is the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006), the author of What To Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), and co‐author of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013).

Natalie Colaneri

Natalie ColaneriNatalie Colaneri received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2012. She has a strong interest in drug use and addiction, and is currently working on a research project at the Uehiro Centre studying the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement in higher education. Natalie has previously interned for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has pursued research on ADHD stimulant diversion with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY. Natalie hopes to become an addiction psychiatrist one day while continuing to study the future implications of drug use for cognitive enhancement. 

Mo Costandi

Mo Costandi Moheb Costandi trained as a developmental and molecular neurobiologist and now works as a freelance writer specialising in neuroscience. His work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, Science, and Scientific American, among other publications, and he also writes the long-standing and highly regarded Neurophilosophy blog, hosted by The Guardian. Costandi is the author of 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know, published by Quercus in 2013, and his second book, Neuroplasticity, is due to be published in 2016 by MIT Press. He has written extensively about neuroethics, and has served on the board of directors of the International Neuroethics Society since March 2014. As a visiting scholar at the Uehiro Centre, he is researching and writing about the ethics of voluntary amputation.

Ben Curtis

ben_curtis_for_website Ben Curtis is a Research Fellow working on the Wellcome-Trust funded project 'Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis'. He obtained his BA and MPhil in philosophy at the University of Birmingham before completing his PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2008. Ben has published widely and has publications in ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, the philosophy of language, politics, and the philosophy of mind. Ben is also a lecturer in philosophy at Nottingham Trent University.

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol

Darlei Dall'Agnol is Professor of Ethics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil. He completed his PhD at the Bristol University, UK (2001), on the concept of intrinsic value. He has published several articles and books on ethics including two on bioethics. Currently, he is researcher of the CNPq (National Counsel for Scientific and Technological Development) working on the project "Care & Respect: rethinking the metaethical and normative basis of bioethics"

Carter J Dillard

carter-dillard-website Carter is founder and chair of, an organization that promotes smaller families working together to plan for and invest more in each child. He is also Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and previously served as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice, and legal adviser to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has taught on the faculties or held appointments at Lewis and Clark Law School, Emory University School of Law, and Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law.

Albert Duran

Albert Duran Albert Barqué-Duran is a PhD researcher in Cognitive Science at the Department of Psychology at City University London thanks to a fellowship from the U.S. government. His research focuses on Judgment, Decision Making, Moral Psychology, Behavioural Ethics and Computational/Mathematical Modelling in Cognitive Science. Albert also has a M.S. in Brain, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona and a BA in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He’s worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and Research Assistant in Decision Making and Behavioral Sciences. The other side of Albert is an artist. He translates scientific concepts into surrealist paintings. He explains science through art and proposes a reinterpretation-actualisation of the surrealist movement through the contemporary knowledge about the human mind.

Heather Bradshaw-Martin, University of Bristol

Heather Bradshaw MartinHeather’s PhD (University of Bristol) work on enhancement and disability developed the concept of morphological freedom to include morphological disenfranchisement. She is interested in subjective theories of well-being and epistemic issues arising from the use of qualitative, and other interdisciplinary research methods, in philosophy, especially in ethics. Her main research interests lie in the generalisation of ethical theories beyond human nature and their appropriateness for guiding the design of organisms and their ethical and cooperative systems. Heather’s original training is in engineering and she also has interests in philosophy of science, especially philosophy of physics, and in engineering ethics, especially robotics. Heather has been associated with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in various capacities since 2004.

Dr Olga Campos, University of Granada

Olga CamposOlga Campos is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Moral Philosophy Department at the University of Granada (Spain). Her research interests are the ethics implications of medical developments for human and non-human animals enhancement, in particular, and the animals rights debate, in general. Currently Olga is working on about if we have a moral obligation to improve the opportunities for welfare in non-human animals (should we use possible advances in biomedicine to enhance their lives quality?). She obtained a European PhD in Philosophy in 2011.

Lucius Caviola, University of Basel

Lucius CaviolaLucius is studying cognitive psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests focus on questions at the intersection of psychology, ethics and rationality. They include questions such as the following: "What are people’s moral goals and to what extent do they decide accordingly?" By combining research on heuristics and biases with moral psychology, he aims to identify irrational patterns in moral decision-making and examine the underlying cognitive mechanisms involved in moral reasoning.

Jennifer Chevinsky

Jennifer ChevinskyJennifer is a medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine within the Scholarly Excellence Leadership Experiences Collaborative Training (SELECT) program.  She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Bioethics and Humanities. Jennifer graduated from the Honors College at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Bioethics in Cross-Cultural Perspectives.  In her Honors thesis, she analyzed the ethical implications of disclosing Gray-Zone Fragile-X Syndrome results to pregnant women. She was an editor of the International Bioethics Casebooks produced by the bioethics division of UNESCO and is currently a theme issue editor for the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal.  In England, Jennifer is partnering with members of the Oxford and University of Warwick faculties to draft a workbook on values-based practice for the use of medical students.

David Coady, University of Tasmania

David CoadyDavid Coady is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania. Most of his current research is on applied epistemology. He has particular interests in rumours, conspiracy theories, the blogosphere, Wikipedia, expertise, and democratic theory.  David has also published on the metaphysics of causation, philosophy of law, cricket ethics, the ethics of horror films, and police ethics. He has published in a wide variety of journals, including Episteme and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. David is the author of What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues and the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate.

Hossein Dabbagh, University of Reading

Hossein DabbaghHossein Dabbagh is a PhD Philosophy candidate at the University of Reading, UK.  Hossein is a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford for Hilary and Trinity terms 2013, based at the Uehiro Centre where Dr Regina Rini is his Academic Advisor for this period.  His thesis is on the epistemology of moral intuitions and empirical moral psychology (currently investigating the views of Sinnott-Armstrong, Green, Knob, Doris and Stich) and he is also working on Moral Reasons, Normativity, and Meta-Ethics more generally. In his first and second years of doctoral study, Hossein explored intuitionism under the supervision of Professors Philip Stratton-Lake and Brad Hooker.

Lauren de Lacerda Nunes, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil

Lauren de Lacerda Nunes

Lauren de Lacerda Nunes is a Ph.D student at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She is also Professor full time at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. She defended her dissertation “Moral Conflicts and Moral Dilemmas: a problematization as of the moral theory of I. Kant” at the Federal University of Santa Maria in 2010. Lauren works primarily with moral dilemmas considering his applied, historic and metaethical aspects. At the moment she is considering the role of emotion in the analysis of moral dilemmas, through moral psychology and applied ethics. She has published in Brazilian journals on these topics and other topics of Applied Ethics, as: biomedical ethics, the objectivity/relativity of values, principialism, moral dilemmas and ethical consistency in rationalist moral systems and animal ethics. She also coordinates an extension project about ethics in a school of a suburb of the city of São Borja, called “pictures of quotidian: the ethical reflection and the photography”. The main purpose of that project is to make the students develop the ethical reflection through the photography, and give them the opportunity to show their reality by the pictures.

Mirjam de Vos, Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam

Mirjam de VosMirjam de Vos is a researcher in the field of medical ethics and medical communication. She studied Orthopedagogiek (Child Psychology and Education) at the Leiden University. She works in the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) of Amsterdam. There she combines her research with working as an ethical consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and being chairman of the Paediatric Ethics Committee. Besides her work in the AMC she is senior consultant for the Centre of Consultancy and Expertise (CCE). This centre, funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, provides exceptional care to individuals with disabilities whose quality of life is in danger or is becoming seriously compromised. Mirjam’s current research focuses on end-of-life decision-making, involvement of children and parents in medical decisions and conflict prevention and resolution.

Alina Coman (Visiting Student)

Alina Coman

Alina Coman is a PhD student at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine.   Her PhD thesis : "Social and ethical dimensions of fMRI: Anorexia Nervosa as a case study" explores the implications of a neuroscientific model of Anorexia Nervosa for patient's understanding of the disorder, for therapy and also for society at large.


Dr Helen de Cruz, University of Leuven, Belgium

Helen de CruzHelen de Cruz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Foundation Flanders, University of Leuven, and a Templeton Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD thesis on the philosophy of mathematics in 2007. Her current interests include philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of religion. For the Templeton Fellowship, she investigates the cognitive basis of intuitions in natural theology.

Nicolas Delon (University of Picardie Jules Verne)

Nicolas DelonNicolas is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens and member of the research center CURAPP within the University. He graduated in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Sorbonne University (Paris-1) (and also spent some time studying legal history).  Nicolas' research interests include ethics (normative, meta-, and applied), especially animal ethics, which is the topic of his dissertation. He's investigating the (not-so-straigthforward) connections between natural sciences and the moral status of animals, and assessing the merits of a contextual and relational approach to the latter that would still meet impartial requirements. Nicolas is fortunate to spend some time visiting at Oxford in March 2012, on a one-month scholarship from the Maison Française d'Oxford. Nicolas has recently published "Handicap et animaux", in S. Laugier (ed.), Tous vulnérables? Le care, les animaux et l'environnement, Paris, Payot, 2012. .

Dr Johan de Smedt, Ghent University, Belgium

Johan de SmedtJohan de Smedt is a Research Fellow at Ghent University. His PhD thesis entitled "Common Minds, Uncommon Thoughts: A  philosophical anthropological investigation of uniquely human creative behaviour", with an emphasis on artistic ability, religious reflection, and scientific study, was defended in 2011. He works on the implications of cognitive science of religion for philosophy of religion, and on the cognitive basis of scientific practice. 

Antonio Diéguez

Antonio Dieguez

Antonio Diéguez is  professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Málaga, Spain. Currently, he is the first elected president of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Filosofía de la Biología (AIFIBI). His first main research interest was the contemporary debate about scientific realism. On this issue he published a book and several papers. In these works he defended a moderate scientific realism. He has also published several papers and two books as a co-author on the difficulties to get control of our modern technology. He has extended his research interests to the field of Philosophy of Biology, working especially on the evolutionary explanation of the mind and its philosophical consequences. He has published a book on this topic (La evolución del conocimiento: De la mente animal a la mente humana, 2011).

He is also the author of a handbook of philosophy of biology titled La vida bajo escrutinio. Una introducción a la filosofía de la biología (2012) and a handbook of philosophy of science titled Filosofía de la ciencia (2005).

Ned Dobos, University of New South Wales

Ned Dobos

Ned Dobos is lecturer in ethics at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. His research specialisation is in the ethics of war and political violence, with particular interests in armed humanitarian intervention, pacifism, and the moral character of military service. Ned is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press 2012), and The New Pacifism: Just War in the Real World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Ned also works on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. He recently co-edited Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues with Thomas Pogge and Christian Barry. Ned is currently a visiting scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Martin Dresler, The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich

Martin DreslerDr Martin Dresler is an academic visitor to both the FHI and the Uehiro Centre.  Martin is working in a neuroenhancement project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. He has a background in Psychology, Philosophy and Mathematics, and  is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. Besides the neuroscience of sleep and dreaming, his research concentrates on ways of improving memory capacity.

Catia Faria, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona)

Catia FariaCatia Faria is a PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and a researcher at CEHUM (Portugal). She has a BA in Philosophy (University of Porto) and an MA in Cognitive Sciences (University of Barcelona). Her main research interest lies in practical ethics, in particular animal ethics. She is currently writing her thesis on the ethics of intervention in nature. More specifically, she discusses the reasons we may have to prevent or alleviate harmful states of affairs for animals living in the wild caused by natural events. Moreover, she is interested in how principles of equality and priority apply to nonhuman animals and what this entails regarding our reasons to improve their well-being.

Lisa Forsberg (Visiting Student)

Lisa ForsbergLisa Forsberg is a PhD student at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London.

Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Practical Philosophy from Stockholm University, and is a graduate of the MA in Medical Ethics and Law, King’s College London.
She is also affiliated with the MIC Lab research group at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Her PhD thesis concerns public interest restrictions of the freedom of individuals to consent to controversial medical procedures, focussing in particular on procedures where neurotechnology is used.

John Francis, University of Utah

John FrancisJohn G. Francis, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. From 1995 to 2011, Francis served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Utah.  He is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. His current research interest is in the political condition of people who divide their time between more than one state and the implications for access to services and political participation. While in Oxford, he will be working on a book on the political rights of part-time residents and on several co-authored pieces with Leslie Francis.  He has been appointed a Beaufort visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall for Hilary and Trinity terms 2012.  

Leslie Francis, University of Utah

Leslie FrancisLeslie Francis, Ph.D., J.D., is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Law and Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law at the University of Utah.  At Utah, she also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Ethics, in the Department of Political Science, and in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the Division of Public Health.  Francis is co-chair of the subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security of the U.S. National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (the second-oldest federal advisory committee, NCVHS advises HHS and CDC on issues of health data and population statistics) and an elected vice-president of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR).  While visiting the Uehiro Centre, Francis will be working on several articles on aggregate data and privacy and an article on migrants and the right to health care, both with her husband John Francis.  She will also be continuing to work on questions of disability and will be preparing a proposal for a handbook on reproductive ethics for Oxford University Press.  She is also Beaufort visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall for Hilary and Trinity terms.

Toni Gibea

Toni Gibea

Toni Gibea is a PhD student at University of Bucharest, Romania. He holds a BA and a MA degree in Applied Ethics and Moral Philosophy from University of Bucharest. He is a member of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main interests are in experimental ethics, moral philosophy and David Hume’s moral philosophy.


Marta Gil, University of Valencia

Marta GilMarta Gil is a researcher in Neuroethics. She received her bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Ethics and Democracy from the University of Valencia.  She has published articles and presented in conferences on various topics including the problem of freedom and the relation between neuroscience and philosophy. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis of Neuroethics and actively participating as a member of a society that investigates Neuroethics from the department of Moral Philosophy, Politics and Law at the University of Valencia.

Chris Gyngell (Visiting Student)

Chris Gyngell


Chris Gyngell is a PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU). Before commencing his PhD he completed an MA in Applied Ethics and a BA/BSc - with his Honours thesis in Human Genetics. His PhD explores issues relating to human enhancement, population heterogeneity and evolution. Chris also works as a Corporate Ethics Analyst for the organisation ‘Corporate Analysis Enhanced Responsibility'.  

Tobias Hainz

Tobias HainzTobias Hainz is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany and a member of the newly founded Graduate School on 'Ageing: Cultural Concepts and Practical Realisations'. He graduated from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany, with a major in German Literature and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. In his master thesis, Tobias analysed the depiction of bioethical problems in Ridley Scott's classic movie 'Blade Runner'.  Tobias' dissertation deals with the ethical evaluation of radical life extension, concentrating on a welfarist approach to this subject but also considering non-welfarist arguments, for example arguments from moral rights or from the inherent value of human nature (if any such value or any such nature exist at all). His research interests include ethics, especially applied ethics, but also some issues in metaphysics and social ontology that are related to theoretical ethics.

Bob Hall

Bob HallRobert T. Hall.  Bob is Professor of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ - Mexico) and Director of the Bioethics Unit.  Currently he is Principal Investigator of the Querétaro branch of the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (National Institutes of Health - USA).  He has Ph.D. degrees in philosophy (Drew University) and sociology (University of Pittsburgh) and has published books and articles on moral education, Emile Durkheim, biotechnology, research ethics and casuistry.  His current interests are social research ethics, and neuroethics.  He is a member of research ethics committees at UAQ and the Institute of Neurobiology of the National University of Mexico.

Dr Dan Hall-Favin

Anthony SkeltonDan Hall-Flavin's academic and clinical work has focused primarily in the practice of addiction psychiatry and transplant psychiatry. He is a Consultant in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the US, and a senior faculty member of the Mayo Medical School. He has also been involved in research in the pharmacogenomics of antidepressant response, as additionally informed by collaborative metabolomic research. He has a keen interest in neuroethics as it informs the evolution and practice of personalized medicine, as well as in the application of the humanities in medical education.  His work in bioethics at Mayo centers on the selection of patients for organ transplantation, the application of deep brain stimulation to patients with intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the application of bioethics in personalizing the treatment of addictive disorders. 

Anders Herlitz, University of Gothenburg

Anders HerlitzAnders is a researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His major research interests are: the intersection of value pluralism, value conflicts, incommensurability, decision making strategies and practical reasoning, in application and in theory. In Gothenburg, his work has circulates primarily around shared decision making and adherence in relation to self-care-dependent medical treatments.  During his time at the Centre he plans to continue the work on decision making in human enhancement issues that he initiated as part of his PhD work.

Paul Hutchins

is Senior Staff Physician to the Child Development Unit at The Children's Hospital, at Westmead, Sydney Australia.  He is Senior Paediatric Consultant to The Children's Hospital Education Research Institute, which he helped establish.  Born in Wales, he studied medicine at Oxford and London with wide experience in general and subspecialist children's medicine. His particular interests in clinical practice, teaching and research are in communication disorders and behavioural problems, particularly in language disorders, learning and attention deficits and autism.  He has participated in many advisory bodies for professional practice and policy.  He has lectured widely in Australia, Britain, Europe, Asia and South Africa with various professionals and parent support groups. He has contributed internationally to guidelines for ADHD management, including collaborative resources for schools. He has contributed to national and state bodies for autism. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel for UK Neurosciences and Special Education Forum. Paul will explore the ethical perspectives of achieving comprehensive collaborative evidence-based management in developmental disorders and particularly medication as that is the exclusive role of physicians.

William Isdale, University of Queensland

Will IsdaleWill has just completed his 4th year of study (out of 5.5) for a dual Bachelor of Arts (majors in philosophy and politics) / Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  During his visit he plans to write some short articles on a range of different topics in practical ethics. Previously he has written on the sale of human body parts, organ donation systems and the ethics of education. He is currently interested in writing about moral lessons from the First World War (given the centenary this year) and ‘just war’ theory, the ethics of different voting systems, and restrictions on the freedom to associate (related to anti-gang legislation in Australia). 

Kira Vrist Rønn

Kira Vrist Ronn

Kira Vrist Rønn, PhD in Philosophy, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen and a lecturer at the Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen. Her primary research interests concern ethics of policing and security ethics. Her current research project deals with the ethics of intelligence. In general, it addresses the overall question: How should intelligence services conduct their activities in order for these activities to be morally justified? The project emphasizes one particular dimension of this question: the proportionality principle. Hence, most often morally justified intelligence activities are articulated as being dependent on a proportionate relationship between the expected relevant harms, intrusions or wrongdoings caused, i.e., in the process of gathering intelligence on one side, and the seriousness of the threat averted (the relevant good effects), on the other side. Thus her project attempts to specify how the proportionality principle of intelligence activities (and the elements hereof) could be specified.

Rune Klingenberg

Rune KlingenbergRune Klingenberg is a PhD Student at Roskilde University, Denmark. He holds a BA and an MA in History and Philosophy & Science Studies from Roskilde University. Rune has previously interned at the Danish Council of Ethics, and he is a member of the Danish Research Group for Criminal Justice Ethics. His research interests are moral and legal responsibility, criminal justice ethics, and neuroethics.

Serena Kini-Cramer

Serena Kini-CramerSerena Kini-Cramer is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Philosophy and History at the University of Chicago. She is the head of the undergraduate Women in Philosophy club, and is interested in seeing more women in the Philosophy department. Her concentrations in philosophy focus on metaethics and contemporary moral philosophy, and her concentrations in history focus on early modern Europe. She will be researching applied ethics under Dr Hannah Maslen.

Polaris Koi

polaris_koi_website Polaris Koi is a doctoral student at the University of Turku, Finland. He studies the role of abilities in agency, with a focus on self-control and on cognitive abilities. His research interests include human enhancement, disabilities (esp. ADHD), neuroethics, and perfectionist ethics. He's currently also Junior Investigator in the Genetics and Human Agency research project.

Mathilde Lancelot 

Mathilde LancelotMathilde Lancelot is a PhD student since November 2014 in philosophy of medicine at the Paris 7 Diderot University, France. Her thesis, entitled ‘Deep brain stimulation: practice of changing looks and knowledge’,  supervised by Mrs Marie Gaille, focuses on Parkinson’s patients receptions, technological implications and ethical & social paradoxes of deep brain stimulation. It is a philosophy of medicine project centered on care practices and on the patient / physician relationship associated with it. Therefore, her research interests are philosophy of medicine; ethics; history and philosophy of techniques and technologies; medical anthropology and empirical ethics. Since 2015, she contributes to the French ANR research programme Norma Stim who studies the legal, philosophical and social issues of deep brain stimulation. Since January 2017, her project is supported by France Parkinson’s Association.

Francisco Lara

Francisco LaraFrancisco Lara is a lecturer of Moral Philosophy at the University of Granada, Spain. His research interests during the last years were about conciliation between personal values and ethical consequentialism and about ethical consideration of animals. Currently he is working in diferent topics of bioethics and neuroethics. Francisco is principal researcher of a funded project about ethics and politics of human enhancement, where some members of Uehiro Centre also participate. Recently, he has applied to the spanish government for an international project about artificial intelligence and moral enhancement.

Francisco Javier López Frías,  University of Valencia

Francisco Javier LopezFrancisco Javier López Frías graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Valencia, where he also did a Master's course on "Ethics and Democracy" at the Department of Moral Philosophy and presented a Master’s Thesis on the topic of Sports Ethics. He is a researcher member of two investigation groups within his department: GIBUV ("Grupo de Investigación en Bioética de la Universidad de Valencia") and a new one focused on issues related to Neuroethics, Neuroeconomy and Neuropolitics. Javier was awarded the FPU pre-doctoral scholarship from the Spanish Council in 2010 and he is currently a PhD Student at the University of Valencia. He researches into Sports Ethics and Human Enhancement, but is also interested in Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics and Applied Ethics.

Wojciech Lewandowski

Wojciech LewandowskiWojciech Lewandowski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. His doctoral dissertation entitled „Future and responsibility” concerns the problem of justification of responsibility for future people. He is taking part in the project „The Legal and Ethical Standards of Reproductive Genetics” (National Science Centre SONATA BIS grant 2014-2017). His primary research interest is justification of special obligations in bioethical contexts

Felix Lozano

Felix LozanoJosé-Félix Lozano is Tenure Lecturer for Business Ethics and Social Corporate Responsibility, Applied Ethics, and Development Ethics, at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain), and Researcher at INGENIO Institute (CSIC-UPV). His research topics are: neuroethics, business ethics, business ethics education and Ethics of Development. He was Fellow of the DAAD (German academic exchange program) and of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation). He has published several articles in the Journal of Business Ethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, Journal of Philosophy of Education, and Journal of Academic Ethics, among others.

Jes Lynning Harfeld

Jes Lynning HarfeldJes Lynning Harfeld is assistant professor of bioethics and health care philosophy at the Centre for Applied Philosophy at Aalborg University in Denmark. He received his M.A. in philosophy and his PhD in ethics from Aarhus University. He is currently working on a number of ethical issues in relation to non–anthropocentric ethics, such as the ethics of food and agriculture, hunting and animal research. Within health care philosophy Jes L. Harfeld is mainly interested in the ethical dilemmas concerning genetic diagnostics, reproductive technologies and human enhancement.

Allan McCay

Allan McCay

Allan McCay teaches at the University of Sydney Foundation Program, and is an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics at Macquarie University. He has taught at the law schools of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and the Business School at the University of Sydney. Allan has practiced as a solicitor in Scotland and Hong Kong, and he completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013. His thesis considered the ethical and legal merits of behavioural genetics based pleas in mitigation in sentencing, and he has recently worked on the Australian Neurolaw Database. He is interested in free will, philosophy of punishment and the criminal law’s response to neuroscience.

Douglas McConnell


Doug McConnell is a post-doctoral research fellow working on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Conscience and conscientious objection in healthcare,’ at Charles Sturt University in Australia. His research interests include moral psychology, bioethics, and applied philosophy, particularly in relation to addiction. His recent work, ‘Narrative self-constitution and recovery from addiction’ in American Philosophical Quarterly, investigates the effect of self-conceptual content and structure on self-governance.

Andrew McGee

andrew_mcgee_websiteAndrew is senior lecturer in law at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and is a member of QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from the University of Essex in 2001, before taking up a one year postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy at University College Dublin. He then retrained in law in Queensland, being admitted to practice as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2006. After working as a lawyer for 4 years, Andrew returned to Academia with QUT in 2010. His main research interests are:
•    end-of-life decision making including euthanasia, assisted suicide, and withdrawing life-prolonging measures (LPM), and differences between withholding and withdrawing LPM;
•    conceptual and moral differences between acts and omissions;
•    utilitarian versus deontological approaches to health care;
•    the ethics of embryonic stem cell research and conceptual issues concerning the relationship between embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent cells and somatic cells;
•    the ethics of abortion and infanticide;
•    the ethics of human enhancement, including gene editing and designer babies;
•    organ donation and the definition of death.

Andrew has published widely on many of these issues in international bioethics, philosophy and law journals.

Dr Roderick McRae, Monash Medical Centre

Roderick McRaeDr McRae is a practicing consultant anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia and Peri-Operative Medicine, Monash Medical Centre, with a full range of clinical expertise for all non-neonatal anaesthesia and intensive care management excluding hepatic transplantation.  As well as his medical studies Dr McRae has also completed a Masters of Human Bioethics (Monash University), a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.  He is a Member of the Melbourne Registry of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and is admitted to the Role of Solicitors of the Australian Capital Territory and Victorian Supreme Courts and the High Court of Australia.  He is a past Chairman of Council of the Federal Australian Medical Association, and was a member of the Australian Medical Council’s Writing Group for Good Medical Practice: A Code of Professional Conduct, 2009, and was a reviewer for Review of the Royal Perth Hospital’s Review of the Report of the Royal Perth Hospital Ethics Committee (April 2006) and Management of Further Complaints conducted in 2007.  Dr McRae is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  He has been a member of The Alfred’s and Southern Health’s Bioethics Committees, and  a past executive member of the St Francis Xavier Cabrini Private Hospital’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

Ole Martin Moen, University of Oslo

Ole Martin MoenDr Ole Martin Moen is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Philosophy at Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, working on thorny social issues that have traditionally received relatively little attention from philosophers. He has published papers on paedophilia, sex work, cosmetic surgery, and cryonics, and is currently working on the ethics of recreational drug use. Moen holds a BA and an MPhil in intellectual history, and a PhD in philosophy.

Lauren Notini, University of Melbourne

Roderick McRaeLauren Notini is a final year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She will be at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from July 4-11, 2014 for a brief academic visit hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson. Lauren’s PhD project investigates the ethical issues surrounding facial surgeries performed on children. As part of her project, Lauren conducted interviews with surgeons who perform these surgeries to investigate how they make decisions in this area. Prior to commencing her PhD, Lauren completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Master of Bioethics at Monash University. Lauren’s main research interests revolve around issues in paediatric bioethics, including children’s assent, parental authority, and shared decision making. Lauren also has a special interest in the ethics of medical interventions aimed at altering children for solely or primarily psychological and/or social reasons, including non-therapeutic male and female circumcision, plastic surgery in response to childhood bullying, and the prescription of Ritalin to hyperactive children. 

Jeremy Moss, University of Melbourne

jeremy MossJeremy is Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Melbourne. His main research interests are in political philosophy and moral theory. Current research interests include projects on egalitarian approaches to climate justice and health as well as ethics and energy security. Much of his recent research has been focused on developing an account of why equality is valuable, what it means and its scope in theories of justice. He has also written papers on mutual obligation, responsibility and Amartya Sen’s capability approach to equality. He is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Ethics, the Australasia Association of Philosophy Media Prize and several Australian Research Council Grants including: ‘Egalitarian Approaches to Climate Justice’, ‘Health, Freedom and Equality’ and ‘Disability, Welfare and Work'. He chairs the UNESCO working group on Climate Ethics and Energy Security.

Daniel Nica

Daniel NicaDaniel Nica is in his final year of PhD at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest with a thesis on the dispute between particularism and generalism in recent moral philosophy. He is also a research fellow at the  Research Centre in Applied Ethics. He graduated the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology, both at the University of Bucharest. Daniel’s research interests are contemporary moral philosophy, Christian ethics, Wittgenstein II, metaphilosophy and applied ethics. His latest paper is Ethics without Decision Procedures – Byzantine Moral Theology, in E. Socaciu (ed.), Applied ethics, between moral philosophy and management, University of Bucharest Press, 2011.  During his early years in faculty, Daniel has been involved in students’ NGO life, being Executive President of the University of Bucharest Students’ Association.

Daniel Nica

Daniel NicaDaniel Nica is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral researcher at The Romanian Academy.  He is Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, MA in Philosophy from the same university and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and, respectively, in Theology. He is a member of the Centre of Research in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest and past visitor of Oxford Uehiro Centre of Practical Ethics. His research interests include moral philosophy (both in Analytic and Continental tradition), metaethics, metaphilosohy, Kant and late Witggenstein. At the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Daniel Nica holds seminars in Ethical Theories, Introduction to Ethics and Greek Philosophy. He wrote several articles and studies, and two books in practical philosophy, both in Romanian: ETICÃ FÃRÃ PRINCIPII? Generalism ºi particularism în filosofia moralã (2013) (tr. ETHICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES? Generalism and Particularism in Moral Philosophy), and PASTILA ROªIE. Eseu despre moralitate ºi fericire (2015) (tr. THE RED PILL. Essay on Morality and Happiness).

Koji Ota

KojiOta_photoKoji Ota is an Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan. He received his Ph.D from Kyoto University with a thesis on consciousness and physicalism. His research interests are philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, moral psychology, and ethical theory. He investigates connections between descriptive issues in moral psychology and normative questions in ethics, particularly concerning ethical intuitionism and moral relativism. He also tries to explore the metaphilosophical significance of the free will debate in the light of psychological nature of free will beliefs.

Ilse Oosterlaken, Delft University of Technology

Ilse OosterlakenIlse Oosterlaken is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology / 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology.  She plans to defend her doctoral dissertation on the capability approach of Sen and Nussbaum & technology/design in August or September 2012. Her doctoral research has led to publications for several audiences, including designers, capability scholars and philosophers. With Jeroen van den Hoven she co-edited a volume titled The Capability Approach, Technology and Design, which is forthcoming with Springer in April this year. For more information, see

Renata Vanessa Paz Silva

Renata PazRenata Paz is a PhD student in the Philosophy department at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona co directed at UFSC: Florianopolis, Brazil and a researcher fellow in the group “Justicia y Democracia: hacia un nuevo modelo de Solidaridad” Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, Spain. Her thesis subject includes both theoretical and practical ethics, with a focus on Peter Singer and the obligation to assist the poor; the extent of our personal responsibilities, fighting against poverty and for future generations' aims. She also investigates the topic of Effective Altruism and the prioritization of causes. Her ongoing interest explores how food security could become food sovereignty using data from agroforestry, an alternative method of food production, while considering the system of industrial food production, and the effectiveness of the agroforestry system and its potential for food production on a large scale.

Norbert Paulo

Norbert Paulo Norbert is a lecturer in practical philosophy at the University of Salzburg. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Hamburg University, where he studied both philosophy and law. In his forthcoming book ‘The Confluence of Philosophy and Law in Applied Ethics’ he employs legal methods to inform the debates on methodology in applied ethics. His research interests include applied ethics, ethical theory, empirical ethics, and legal philosophy.

Aurora Plomer, University of Sheffield

Aurora PlomerAurora Plomer is Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics.  She has published widely on the intersection between human rights, bioethics and intellectual property rights, particularly in connection with stem cells and emerging technologies in the life-sciences. She is writing a book on the right to access the benefits of science in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: ‘Human Rights, Property Rights and Emerging Biotechnologies for which she has a contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. She is a member of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and Human Rights Coalition, a member of the ESRC Impact Committee on the Stem Cell Initiative, an advisor to the Stem Cell and Society Programme at the University of Stanford and a contributor to the Matrix Chambers EU law blog EUTOPIA law. Her visit to the Uehiro Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Pedro J. Perez

Pedro J. PerezPedro J. Perez is a lecturer in Moral Philosophy at the University of Valencia, Spain. His major research interests are contemporary political philosophy, theory of democracy, deliberative democracy, moral pluralism, moral disagreement, grounds of moral judgement, moral psychology and neuropolitics. Currently, Pedro is working on the conception of morality in evolutionary psychology. While visiting the Uehiro Centre, he will deep on the distinction between Haidt’s concept of groupishness and morality. 

David Rodríguez-Arias

david_r_for_websiteDavid Rodríguez-Arias, PhD is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the University of Granada, Spain. His research is mainly devoted to clinical ethics, organ transplantation ethics, death determination, and global bioethics. He is PI of the project: Research on Ethical Strategies to Increase Organ Donation Rates in Europe (RESPONDE), and is member of the Group “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( ) and “Bioethics and citizenship”, funded by  the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitiveness.

Johann Roduit, University of Zurich

Johann RoduitJohann Roduit is a founding member of NeoHumanitas, a think thank fostering discussions about future and emerging technologies, he is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation in “Biomedical Ethics and Law” at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics in the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Johann’s current research aims to look at what role, if any, the notion of perfection should play in the debate about the ethics of human enhancement. As part of the SNFS project Human enhancement and perfection, he has been awarded a Mobility grant to take part in the “Academic Visitor Programme” of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from October 2013 to April 2014. Johann’s other research interests include bioethics, transhumanism, virtue ethics, the ethics of human cloning, human dignity and philosophical anthropology. He is also the cofounder and curator of TEDxMartigny

Links:  |  @johannroduit  |  Publications | Website | Column in the Huffington Post

Sergi Rosell, University of Sheffield

Sergi RosellSergi Rosell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Philosophy Department, University of Sheffield. He completed his PhD at the University of Valencia, Spain, with a Dissertation on moral luck and its repercussion for moral responsibility and agency. His current research interests are the free will and moral responsibility debate, the role played by the reactive attitudes in blame and punishment, the relation between beliefs and the will, rational control and some experimental challenges upon philosophical questions. Sergi participates in the research projects “Belief, Responsibility, and Action” (U. Valencia) and “PERSP: Applied Philosophy” (U. Barcelona), funded by the Spanish Government, and he is member of Phrónesis Group and Nomos Network.

Fatima Sabir

Fatima Sabir

Fatima Sabir is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Philosophy & Science Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. She received her Master of Arts in Philosophy & Science Studies and Social Science in 2014. Previously Fatima worked for the Danish Ethical Council. Fatima’s research interests are within the fields of bioethics and neuroethics. Her Ph.D. project is concerned with the permissibility of moral bioenhancement.

Natalie Salmanowitz

Natalie Salmanowitz

Natalie Salmanowitz is a master’s student in the Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke University. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a BA in neuroscience. She is primarily interested in the intersection between neuroscience and the law, with a particular focus on negative implicit biases. Whilst visiting the Uehiro Centre, Natalie explored the ethics of using moral bioenhancement in the courtroom, the topic of her master's thesis.

Sebastian Sattler

sebastian_sattler_for_websiteSebastian Sattler (Dr) became a researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (University of Cologne, Germany) in 2015 following his post-doc fellowship funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation (2013-15). He is interested in the assessment and explanation of behavior that is often perceived as or actually is a violation of social and/or legal norms such as human/cognitive enhancement (CE), academic dishonesty, and stigmatization. He recently conducted the longitudinal study “FAIRUSE”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, in which he investigated the prevalence and predictors of plagiarism, cheating, and CE among university students and teachers. Data obtained from this project were used in his dissertation on approaches to explaining morally questionable behavior (supported by a Bielefeld University Rectorate Fellowship). He currently has an early Career Scholarship of the Enhancing Life Project funded by the Templeton Foundation to investigate pediatric CE. During his one-month research visit (funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation), he wants to work on several aspects of CE together with researchers at the Centre.

Andrea Sauchelli

Andrea Sauchelli

Andrea Sauchelli is an Assistant Professor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Andrea studied philosophy at the University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds. Before moving to Hong Kong (2009-2011, 2012-present), he also worked in South Korea (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 2011-12).  His areas of current interest include: Personal Identity & Applied Ethics and Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art (in particular, art and ethics).

Richard Schoonhoven

Richard Schoonhoven

Richard Schoonhoven is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He has been teaching in the Department since receiving his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2000, where he trained as a philosopher of science.  At the time of accepting the job at West Point, he knew nothing about military ethics; he knows only slightly more now, although he has served as the Program Chair for the International Society for Military Ethics for the past five years.

Michael Selgelid, University of Melbourne

Michael SelgelidProfessor Michael Selgelid is Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics therein, at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  He has held previous appointments at The Australian National University (Canberra), University of Sydney, and University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics, and serves on the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières.  His main research focus is public health ethics—with emphasis on ethical issues associated with biotechnology and infectious disease. He co-authored Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences (Springer 2008) and co-edited On The Dual Uses of Science and Ethics:  Principles, Practices, and Prospects (ANU E Press 2013); Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Ashgate 2012); Emergency Ethics (Ashgate 2012); Infectious Disease Ethics (Springer 2011); Health Rights (Ashgate 2010); and Ethics and Infectious Disease (Blackwell, 2006).  He edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and a book series in Practical Ethics and Public Policy for ANU E Press. He is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review and an Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Ethics.  Michael earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.

Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu

Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu

Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu got his Ph.D. in Philosophy from  Australian National University. He is currently an assistant professor (full-time) in the Philosophy Department of Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. He works mainly in ethics, currently focusing on issues related to reason, virtue, agency, and principle. In his recent paper in Philosophical Studies, he defended what he calls ‘shapeless moral particularism’, the view that the moral is shapeless with respect to the natural. His research interests recently expanded into the realm of metaphysics, gravitating towards issues concerning free will. 

Max Harris Siegel, Princeton University

Max Harris SiegelMax is an advanced undergraduate in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has philosophical interest in metaethics, philosophy of action, and formal semantics. Max is currently writing a thesis on the supposed analogy between moral and mathematical truths. His recent publications and presentations include "Moral Dilemmas and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities," "Corporations, Moral Responsibility, and the Reactive Attitudes," and "Are Doxastic and Practical Responsibility Companions in Guilt?" At Princeton, Max has received the Class of 1883 Prize for Academic Freshmen and twice received the Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship. His research at the Uehiro Centre is supported, in part, by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.

Kimberly Schelle

Owen Schaefer

Kimberly Schelle is a visiting student at the Centre for Neuroethics. She is completing a research master program in Behavioural Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  Kimberly’s final research project, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, explores the use of performance enhancing drugs. Together with her supervisor, Dr. Nadira Faulmueller, she has set up an experimental design to examine the motivations of students for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Further Kimberly has collected ratings of acceptableness on a variety of stories about the use of drugs in the case of treatment, prevention and enhancement. Her main interests lie in human enhancement and the interplay between humans and technology.

Felix Schirmann

Felix SchirmannFelix Schirmann studied psychology in Berlin and Vienna with an emphasis on theory, methodology, and philosophy of psychology (Diploma, 2010). Generally , he is interested in the theory and history of neuroscience, medicine, and psychology.  Felix pursues his PhD Thesis as part of an interdisciplinary research project (Cologne, Oxford, Groningen) on the history and sociology of brain-based moral psychology and the permeation of ideas from moral psychological research into other societal contexts (e.g. treating moral offenders with pharmaceuticals).

David Simon

David Simon

David Simon is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working in rural Australia and the Pacific and is a lecturer in the Monash University School of Rural Health. He graduated from Monash University in 1983 and originally worked as a remote area GP in the Australian Top End and South Africa. He is a fellow of the RANZCOG and RACGP and has a DTM&H from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and a Master of Public Health from Monash University.

Loane Skene, University of Melbourne

Loane SkeneLoane Skene is a Professor at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and has served on numerous other federal and state advisory committees, especially concerning genetics and the law. In 2005, she was Deputy Chair of the Lockhart Committee on Human Cloning and Embryo Research and was a member of the Heerey Committee which conducted a further review of the federal legislation on cloning and embryo research. Professor Skene has published extensively in the field of health law, has been awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth for ‘Service to Australian Society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Issues of Health Care’, is the Inaugural Life Fellow of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law; and has been appointed as a Fellow of Queen’s College Melbourne and a Plumer Fellow of St Anne’s College Oxford.

Professor Anthony Skelton, University of Western Ontario

Anthony SkeltonAnthony Skelton is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. He specializes in the history of ethics, normative ethics and practical ethics. Anthony is currently working on a series of papers on the nature of welfare. His main ambition is to work out a theory of welfare for children and the implications such a view might have for a variety of issues, including the use of children in medical research, children’s rights, and parental duties. Recent publications have appeared in Utilitas, Journal of the History of Philosophy and Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing (Oxford, 2011). Forthcoming publications include the textbook Bioethics In Canada (Oxford, 2013) and the article "Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children".

Anke Snoek, Macquarie University

Anke SnoekCurrently Anke Snoek is in the last year of her PhD on addiction, agency and moral identity at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This is a multidisciplinary project under supervision of Professor Jeanette Kennett, which integrates theoretical and empirical approaches. She has conducted qualitative follow-up interviews with 69 opiate and alcohol dependent people, using a timeline to be able to distinguish different stages of addiction: when and why was the use beneficial or even enhancing, what caused the tipping point in which the effects of the substance was counterproductive, what steps did people take for recovery and what hindered the recovery? Anke is working on a typology of different ways in which people lose control: over their actions, over their live-plans and over their identity.  Anke did a master in Humanistics at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht. This is a multi-disciplinairy human science study which looks at how we can create a just society and how people give meaning to their lives. She graduated at a combination of research and therapy. After her graduation she worked for 4 years at IVO, a research bureau on addiction and lifestyles. There Anke developed several evidence based national guidelines on the treatment of comorbidity of addiction and anxiety disorders, an approach to vulnerable youth and addiction, and a methodological protocol to develop evidence based guidelines for the treatment of addiction. Next to her work on addiction Anke published a book and several articles in continental philosophy, mainly on the work of Foucault, Agamben and Kafka.

Carl Tollef Solberg

Carl Tollef Solberg Carl Tollef Solberg is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, the University of Bergen and a member in the affiliate program of the Centre for the Study of Mind and Nature, University of Oslo. He holds a BA and MA in philosophy and an MD in medicine from the University of Bergen. His research focuses on the role of the disvalue of death for health metrics and prioritization in healthcare. Solberg is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology on this topic called Saving Lives from the Badness of Death. Other current research projects include personal identity, the levels of priority setting and suffering. 

Dr Marta Soniewicka, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Marta SoniewickaMarta is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics at the Faculty of Law of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In the summer of 2014 she was an academic visitor at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics hosted by Professor Julian Savulescu. Her fields of interest include: jurisprudence, political philosophy, ethics and bioethics, as well as philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche which is the main subject of her second dissertation in philosophy (in progress). In 2011 she was a post-doc Fulbright fellow at Boston University working on bioethics and law under a supervision of Professor George Annas. She was a visiting scholar: at the Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy at Cambridge University in the UK (2009) and at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at University of Notre Dame in the US (2011); a visiting lecturer at numerous universities, among others at the University of Vienna and a University of Ternopil. She is the author of a book on global justice and the co-author of a book on bioethics; she has also co-edited fours books (among others two volumes of the Studies of Philosophy of Law; and one volume of CEE-Forum for Legal, Political, and Social Theory Yearbook). 

Xavier Symons 

Xavier SymonsXavier Symons is a Research Associate with the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is also a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. In his part time Xavier edits and contributes to the bioethics newsservice He has also written on bioethical topics for The Guardian, The Conversation, The Age, and ABC Religion and Ethics.
Xavier’s broad research interests include:
• The ethics of end of life care
• Reproductive ethics and law
• Action theory, double-effect, and the act-omission distinction
• Religion and bioethics
• The liberal-communitarian debate
• Scepticism

Brunello Stancioli, The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil 

Brunello StancioliBrunello Stancioli (LLD, LLM, LLB) is a Law Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, and an academic visitor at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics/Faculty of Philosophy. His PhD thesis, published in Brazil in 2010, is about the renouncement of basic rights and the concept of person. He researches human enhancement, neuroethics, applied ethics and the impact of new technologies on the concepts of person, identity, autonomy and human rights. He is currently investigating human enhancement as a basic right.

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, University of Hertfordshire

Mariarosaria TaddeoMariarosaria Taddeo's primary research interests are Information and Computer Ethics, Ethics of Conflicts and Philosophy of Information. She holds a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire, where she is working on Informational Conflicts and their ethical implications. She obtained a European PhD in Philosophy at the University of Padua. Her PhD thesis concerned the epistemic and ethical implications of the occurrences of Trust in artificial distributed systems.

Christian Tarsney

Christian TarsneyChristian is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. He is writing his dissertation on rational choice under moral uncertainty, supervised by Professor Dan Moller. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will be working on the penultimate chapter of the dissertation, which deals with the problem of intertheoretic value comparisons, argues for a stochastic dominance-based approach to moral uncertainty that avoids the challenges of rough comparability and "fanatical" moral theories, and applies this approach to various practical dilemmas involving our moral obligations to future generations. Christian's other areas of research include philosophy of time (especially the "temporal value asymmetry"), normative ethics (especially the ethics of climate change and comparison of infinite utilities), and various questions in political philosophy and decision theory.

Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene Consenso Tonetto

Milene is adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. She completed her doctorate in philosophy in 2010 writing a thesis on the foundations of human rights. She is the author of the book "Human rights in Kant and Habermas" (2010). In her recent research she investigates the criticisms and the implications of thinking about bioethical issues from a morality based on human rights.

A/ Professor Kelton Tremellen, University of South Australia

Kelton TremellenA/ Professor Kelton Tremellen MB BS (Hons) PhD FRANZCOG CREI
Kelton Tremellen is a specialist gynaecologist and sub-specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr Tremellen is a Clinical Director at a private IVF clinic in Adelaide, South Australia (Repromed) and is an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. He has an active research interest in the fields of oxidative stress as a cause of male infertility, immune mediated implantation failure and the effect of nutritional supplements on fertility. Dr Tremellen was the first to introduce AMH as a test of ovarian reserve to Australia in 2004 and is the inventor of the male fertility pill Menevit. He is presently visiting Oxford to work in collaboration with Professor Savulescu on several ethical issues related to reproductive medicine.

Isabella Trifan

Isabella TrifanIsabella is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, working on the ERC-funded project ‘Justice and the Family: An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society’ (Grant Agreement Number: 648610, PI: Serena Olsaretti). Her research lies at the intersection between procreative ethics, population ethics, and distributive justice. During her stay at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics she will conduct research on the question of whether procreative motives matter for the permissibility of procreation. She will also explore the implications of responsibility-sensitive theories of justice for parental responsibility and vice versa. Who should bear parental responsibilities for particular children, and what their content should be, for instance, are questions which could be illuminated by bringing together considerations of distributive justice with those of procreative and parental ethics. Isabella holds two MA degrees in philosophy, one from the Central European University, Budapest, and one from the University of Bucharest.

Suzanne Uniake

suzanne_uniake_websiteSuzanne Uniacke is Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) and Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. She has previously worked in Philosophy departments in a number of universities in the United Kingdom and Australia.  She was chief editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2001-2013.  She has published widely in applied philosophy and on issues of normative moral theory.   Her recent and forthcoming publications include journal articles on proportionality and self-defence, on criminalising unknowing self-defence, and on institutional ethics committees and science, alongside chapters in edited collections, on terrorism, on the ‘last resort’ and the ‘success’ conditions of Just War, and on the value of applied philosophy.


Mélanie Trouessin

 Melanie TrouessinMélanie Trouessin is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France. Currently, she is working on a thesis entitled « Addiction as a pathology of will: rethink the weakness of will at the light of Cognitive Science ». In her thesis, she tries to overcome the ‘disease’ versus ‘choice’ model of addiction, trying to mix the analysis of action with the analysis of what is typically a disease. In the meantime, she’s teaching Neuroethics classes at the ENS of Lyon and philosophy of science classes at the University of Lyon 2. Her areas of interest include: neuro-enhancement, pathological gambling as well as other behavioural addictions, moral dilemmas and philosophy of medicine. 

Sabrina Stewart (Visiting Student)

Sabrina Stewart

Sabrina Stewart is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College studying Biology and Ethics. During her term at Oxford, she will be investigating the ethical implications of gene therapy. Sabrina has worked at The Dartmouth Centre for Health Care Delivery Science to develop Option Grids, decision aids designed to encourage shared decision making in a clinical setting.  Her interests include the ethics of human enhancement, resource allocation, and consent.

Ik Lin Tan, Johns Hopkins University

Ik Lin TanIk Lin Tan is a neurologist from Sydney, with an interest in cognition. She received her M.B.B.S. from the University of Sydney, and Master of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.  Ik Lin has recently completed a 2.5-year clinical and research fellowship at the Neurology Department, Johns Hopkins University, USA. She takes a keen interest in medical bioethics and has studied at the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Alex Voorhoeve


Alex Voorhoeve is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. He works on the theory and practice of fair distribution of scarce resources; on decision theory; and on moral psychology. As a member of the World Health Organization’s Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage, he co-authored Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage (2014). A recent paper (written with Marc Fleurbaey) is “Equality or Priority for Possible People?”, Ethics (forthcoming). At the Uehiro Centre, he plans to do some further applied work for the WHO and on fair decision-making under ambiguity.

Andrew Watkins

Andrew WatkinsI am a neonatologist, practising in tertiary neonatal intensive care in Melbourne.  I am originally a Liverpool product but have lived much of my life in Australia, returning to Liverpool in the 80's for research training after clinical training in Australia ( MB BS Monash 1978, FRACP 1984). My medical research interests have centred predominantly around brain injury and development in extremely low birthweight infants, cardiorespiratory support in intensive care and infection control. My clinical work has centred on neonatal intensive care, together with perinatal palliative care and antenatal counselling around the issues of  fetal abnormality and the infant with a poor prognosis. This has developed into a major interest in the psychology and ethics of intensive care, support of parents and staff and the psychology of counselling and end of life decision making.  My current focus is an examination of perinatal palliative care counselling and support, with a particular focus on cross-cultural counselling and the impact of religious and cultural belief (clinician and parent/family ) on counselling and decision making. A particular focus is the question of how clinicians and patients use language in communication and in the associated ethical reasoning. I am attempting to explore the use of language as used to both clarify communication and to elide issues, obfuscate or manipulate clinician-patient interactions.

Johannes Westreicher

Johannes WestreicherJohannes is an undergraduate student of Philosophy at Innsbruck University, Austria.  He holds a BSc degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck.  His areas of interest are moral philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology and aesthetics.  While visiting the Uehiro Centre he will focus on potential impacts of human enhancement to society, in particular, how such enhancements might alter fundamental principles of society.

Pablo Aguayo Westwood (University of Chile)

Brunello StancioliPablo Aguayo Westwood is an Assistant Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile. He is in the process of completing his PhD in Ethics and Democracy at the University of Valencia. Pablo is studying “the sense of justice” and its role in Rawls’s A Theory of Justice. He is interested in understanding the reason why Rawls preferred using some ideas of moral psychology rather than moral philosophy and how it affects his theory. Pablo is also interested in moral intuition and its importance towards moral theory.

Areas of specialisation: Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.
Areas of interest: Social Justice, Moral and Political Problem of Equality 

Søren Sofus Wichmann

Søren Sofus Wichmann 
Søren is an industrial Ph.D Student at the University of Roskilde, Denmark and The Danish Council For Ethics. He is a member of the Research Group for Criminal Justice Ethics at the Department of Humanities and Communication at Roskilde University. His thesis concerns neuroethics and criminal justice ethics, focusing on the moral implications of novel uses of neurotechnology in the criminal justice system, particularly with regards to privacy and incidental findings. The thesis considers issues such as testing jury members for implicit cognitive biases, neuro-technological mind reading of defendants and enhancement of eyewitness memory. Søren holds an MA in Journalism and Philosophy from Roskilde University, and worked, among many other things, as a newspaper journalist before starting on his Ph.D.

Stuart Youngner


Stuart J. Youngner received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University where he is Professor of Bioethics and Psychiatry. He did a residency in Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is Past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.  He recently stepped down, after 15 years of service, as Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Youngner has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of nine books, the latest of which is (co-edited with Dr. Robert Arnold) the Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life, published in September 2016.

Hazem Zohny

Hazem ZohnyHazem Zohny is a doctoral student at The University of Otago, New Zealand. His current research is on emerging neuroenhancement technologies and their implications for justice and policy. He holds a BA in philosophy and psychology from The University of Sydney, Australia, and an MSc (Science and Society) from The Open University, UK. His interests include enhancement, applied ethics, free will, and philosophy of mind.