Research

We have an active and growing research community including staff and PhD students whose interests span applied, normative and meta ethics.  We regularly:

  • host conferences and workshops, details can be found in the events section
  • host inter-disciplinary ethics seminars, inviting academics papers from a broad range of disciplines to present papers in applied ethics, or to talk about ethics as it applies to their discipline  
  • organise a fortnightly reading group in applied ethics,
  • take part in the research seminars of the philosophy department’s Centre for Ethics and Metaethics.

Audio from our previous research seminars are available on iTunesU. We have a highlights video available from our 10th Anniversary Conference, which showcases the type of work that we are involved in.

Our theoretical research interests include intellectual property (and free software), research ethics, mental illness, emotion and emotion arousal, Aristotle, contractualism, leadership ethics and the structure of moral theories. For a more exhaustive list of our strengths and interests, please see the link on the left-hand navigation.

Research Projects

Our applied research uses academic approaches to answer questions of relevance to industry and the professions. For example we have recently completed some research and published a report:“Real Integrity: Practical Solutions for Organisations Seeking to Promote Integrity” commissioned by the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and with the University’s Centre for Innovation in Health Management (CIHM), we produced a National Inquiry into Ethical Decision Making in the NHS.

Current projects include:

Climate Change, Ethics and Responsibility: an interdisciplinary approach
This AHRC funded project will explore ethical issues relating to climate change, from the perspective of governments, professions, corporations and individuals. 

Leading Minds Research Project 
This project aims to explore ethical questions in leadership from the perspective of ancient philosophy.

For more information about any of these research projects please see the links on the left-hand navigation.