• 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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Dr Alberto Giubilini

Australian Government policy on vaccination exemption and childcare benefits   More

Dr Kylie Bourne

The umbrella revolution  More

The value of foreign aid  More

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) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre. CAPPE commenced operations in 2000 and is a large concentration of applied philosophers. Spanning two of Australia’s most prestigious universities our purpose is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with policy input, community discussion, and professional aims.

CAPPE aims to assist members of the community to make more ethically informed choices by making available the considerable resources of the rich tradition in philosophical theory, as well as other information, such as empirical research and the statement of fundamental human rights in international instruments of human rights.

CAPPE aims to combine frontier research in social and applied philosophy with close attention to the concrete problems and requirements of practitioners in the public sphere. It also draws on Charles Sturt University ( ) and University of Melbourne ( ) social and natural scientists, lawyers, economists and others to make up effective research teams. Our blend of depth in research and presence in the public sphere not only sets our work apart from otherwise comparable centres, but the interplay between these different elements improves the quality and relevance of the research and its impact on public life.


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

  • Emerging and Converging Technologies Program:
  • Poverty 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. More



In 2005, the Centre underwent a major review by the Australian Research Council. The outcome of that review was extremely favourable. To quote from the Review Panel report –

The Review Panel concluded that CAPPE is expanding the scale and impact of its research and program development and is continuing to perform exceptionally well. The quality and quantity of its research is impressive and its operative model and process of public engagement have been receiving significant international recognition. It has a wide range of industry partners who are strongly supportive of its work and international partnerships that offer sustainable increasing potential. Its earned revenue is growing correspondingly.

As a result of the Review, the Centre received funding from the ARC for a further three years (2006-2008) and The Centre received funding from three universities for the triennium 2009 to 2011, from Charles Sturt University and The University of Melbourne from 2013.

Download a copy of the ARC report (208KB PDF download)