Past Visitors

Past Visitors Listed Alphabetically (pre-2017)

Sorin Baiasu, Keele University

Sorin 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

Dr 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 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.

Heather Bradshaw-Martin, University of Bristol

Heather’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 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.

David Coady, University of Tasmania

David 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 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

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 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 (February 2015 - January 2016)

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"

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. 

Dr Helen de Cruz, University of Leuven, Belgium

Helen 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.

Dr Johan de Smedt, Ghent University, Belgium

Johan 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.

Mirjam de Vos, Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam (October 2014)

Mirjam 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.

Antonio Diéguez

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).

Carter J Dillard (Trinity 2016)

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.

Ned Dobos, University of New South Wales

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

Dr 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.

Albert Duran (Hilary 2016)

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.

John Francis, University of Utah

John 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 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.

Marta Gil, University of Valencia

Marta 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.

Robert 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

Dan 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.

Jes Lynning Harfeld (Trinity 2015)

Jes 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.

Anders Herlitz, University of Gothenburg

Anders 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.

Dr. Paul Hutchins

Paul 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 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).

Francisco Lara (June 2016)

Francisco 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.

Wojciech Lewandowski

Wojciech 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

Francisco Javier López Frías,  University of Valencia

Francisco 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.

José-Félix Lozano

José-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.

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 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

Dr 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

Dr 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.

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.

Koji Ota

Koji 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.

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.

Pedro J. Perez (January 2016)

Pedro 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.

Aurora Plomer, University of Sheffield

Aurora 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.

David Rodríguez-Arias (September 2016 - March 2017)

David 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 (2013/14 academic year)

Johann 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.

Kira Vrist Rønn (Hilary 2017)

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.

Sergi Rosell, University of Sheffield (Hilary 2012)

Sergi 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.

Sebastian Sattler (March 2016)

Sebastian 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 (September - October 2015)

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 (October 2015 - June 2016)

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 (November 2014)

Professor 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 (June - September 2015)

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.

David Simon (Trinity 2015)

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.

Professor Anthony Skelton, University of Western Ontario (November 2012 - June 2013)

Anthony 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".

Loane Skene, University of Melbourne (August 2014, July 2013, Michaelmas 2011)

Loane 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.

Dr Marta Soniewicka, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (August 2014)

Marta 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).

Brunello Stancioli, The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (May 2011 - March 2012)

Brunello 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.

Xavier Symons (May 2017)

Xavier 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

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, University of Hertfordshire

Mariarosaria 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.

Ik Lin Tan, Johns Hopkins University (July - August 2012)

Ik 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.

Milene Consenso Tonetto (February 2015-January 2016)

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.

Associate Professor Kelton Tremellen, University of South Australia (May - July 2014)

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.

Suzanne Uniake (November 2016)

Suzanne 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.

Alex Voorhoeve (November 2015)

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 (August 2016)

I 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.

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 (Trinity 2017)

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 (November 2016)

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.

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