Current Visiting Academics and Visiting Students
Academic Visitor Programmes
Information on our Academic Visitor Programmes, including how to apply, can be found here.
Aníbal Monasterio Astobiza
Aníbal Monasterio Astobiza is a Basque Government Posdoctoral Researcher. His research lies at the intersection of the cognitive, biological and social sciences exploring their philosophical underpinnings.During his stay at Oxford-Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics he will conduct research on social cognition (morality as social intelligence) and on the ethics of moral bioenhancement technologies (Artificial Intelligence applied to enhance moral decision making). He is a member of the group Kontuz! “Causal responsibility by omission: An ethical and legal elucidation of the problems of undue inaction” ( http://kontuz.weebly.com/ ) and the following research projects: (FFI2015-67569- C2-2- P) and (FFI2016-79000- P). Anibal graduated in Philosophy (Universidad de Deusto) before completing a MA in Social Psychology, and obtained his PhD in Cognitive Science and Humanities at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea with a dissertation on social cognition.
Alexandra Couto is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo University. She holds a MPhil and a DPhil in Political Theory from Oxford University. Her recent research focuses on the three following topics: the role of responsibility in luck egalitarianism, the conditions for the justifiability of interpersonal forgiveness and issues relating to the Beneficiary Principle, a principle according to which we might accrue remedial duties by benefitting (innocently) from injustices. Her recently published book Liberal Perfectionism: The Reasons that Goodness Gives defends a minimal form of liberal perfectionism.
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.
Richard Hull is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. He obtained the B.Phil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and completed his Ph.D as a teaching assistant at Keele University. He is the author of Deprivation and Freedom (2007) and has published on a number of topics including freedom, disability, genetic technologies, parental responsibility and agent intention. His current work concerns the relations between genetic technologies and social justice. He is a Director of the Centre of Bioethical Research and Analysis (COBRA), which he launched as Ireland’s first bioethics centre in 2001. He served two terms on the Irish Council for Bioethics and is currently a member of the Irish Government’s National Advisory Committee on Bioethics. He teaches in the areas of ethics, biomedical ethics, political theory and applied philosophy.
Arnon Keren is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, and the co-chair of the Psyphas BA Honors Program in Philosophy and Psychology. He received his Ph.D from Columbia University, with a thesis on scientific testimony and epistemic authority. His research interests are in epistemology, especially social epistemology, in philosophy of science and in ethics. He has particular interest in testimonial knowledge, epistemic trust, informed consent, and the relations between science and democracy. He is currently pursuing a research project on the epistemological, ethical and political significance of knowledge-inequalities.
Andrew 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.
Kira Vrist Rønn
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.
James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute
James Williams is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College studying the ethical design of persuasive technologies (i.e. technologies that are aimed at changing the behaviors or attitudes of users). For the past six years he has worked at Google, most recently as Global Search Lead, where he received the Founders’ Award (the company’s highest honor) for his work on Google’s search advertising systems. His interests include human-centered technology design, the psychology of goals and intentions, emerging technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing, uses of technology to enhance life measurement/optimization, experimental philosophy, and games. A native of Texas, James studied English Literature and Classics as an undergrad and later earned a Master’s in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.
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