• CSU
  • University of Melbourne


Technologies Program:

This program deals with risks and responsibilities relating to research into technologies that combine with or add to existing technologies, including ethical issues in bio/nanotechnology, computing and IT.

Health Program:

This program will conduct research in relation to a range of interconnected ethical issues in the public health domain.

Ecology Program:

This program examines a range of issues in environmental ethics, including ethical issues related to existing and potential anthropogenic climate change.

Economy Program:

This program focuses on a number of central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere, including corporate responsibility and economic corruption.

Security Program:

This program focuses on the ethical dimensions of a range of current domestic and international security problems, including ethical issues pertaining to terrorism, crime, and humanitarian intervention.


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Professor Seumas Miller

Institutional Corruption and The Capital Markets  More

Fixing the Fix - Benchmark Reform and the Future of Financial Regulation  More

Designing-in-Ethics: A Compulsary Retirement Savings System  More

Dr Stephen Clarke

On Religious Violence, ABC Western Plains 'Mornings', radio interview  More

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The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) commenced operations in 2000 as an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre. CAPPE has a concentration of applied philosophers across its divisions at Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne.

We are motivated by a commitment to the importance of philosophical reasoning for the understanding and resolution of practical ethical problems. Our purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with other relevant academic disciplines, the aims and standards of the professions, policy input, and broader community discussion.


The Centre's work is organised around five integrated research areas

  • Technologies Program:
  • Health Program:
  • Ecology Program:
  • Economy Program:
  • Security Program:


The Centre's Advisory Board is made up of eminent people chosen to provide advice and guidance. It has the responsibility to promote the highest standards of research and research training and to advise the Director and the Vice-Chancellors on matters relating to the Centre. Specifically, it promotes the work of the Centre in the wider community in Australia and overseas, develops initiatives to attract funds and advises on and promotes collaborative research activities with other universities and organisations in the professions.