• CSU
  • University of Melbourne


Economics and Innovation

The program focuses on central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere. These include the justice of national and global economic arrangements, such as taxation, fiscal, labour and property law, and financial and trading regimes. Specific areas include markets in education and the economics of climate change. The program also examines corporate responsibilities in the spheres of finance, profitability, sustainability and human rights, and distributive justice. It aims to make a major contribution to the ethical understanding of innovation and technology. Program members realize that technical, scientific, legal and social science expertise is vital, and work with practitioners in the relevant professions.


Research in this program examines a range of issues that arise from the nature and value of the natural, and also the artificial environment, and our relationship with them. These include issues of justice and responsibility in relation to possession of, access to, and exploitation of land, water, and other (renewable and non-renewable) natural resources, ethical issues in climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those involving geo-engineering, and the human role in the anthropocene. 


This program addresses issues in bioethics, healthcare ethics, and public health ethics. This includes conceptual work on the ethics of procreation, the ethics of providing medical treatment to vulnerable groups such as children, dual use issues in the biological sciences, and the distinction between medical treatment and human enhancement. It also includes work on practical ethical issues arising in healthcare, including moral and regulatory challenges of experimental therapies, difficulties facing medical research ethics committees, and the problem of determining when conscientious objections are legitimate in healthcare.


This program addresses a variety of conceptual and practical ethical issues that are generated for the most part by the phenomena of war, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, crime and corruption. These include the nature and application of Just War Theory, morality and self-defense, principles of criminal liability, justification for police use of force, ethics of counter-terrorism tactics, anti-corruption systems and ethical issues in cyber-security.


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  • CAPPE Events

    CAPPE Seminar 28th September
    Norvo Lo - La Trobe University

    This paper discusses social attitudes towards feeding neighbourhood wild birds. It connects different and often opposing attitudes on the issue to three schools of philosophy regarding animals and nature. These include animal liberation ethics, wilderness preservation ethics, and anthropocentrism. 

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    CAPPE Media

    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

    Past media events


    International Activities


    International Collaboration based on Research Grants

    Other International Collaborations

    CAPPE Staff with International Positions

    International Students

    International Events


    WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics

    The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) is one of the six WHO's collaborating centres for bioethics.

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics


    International Collaborations Based on Reserach Grants

    The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) has strong international links with the following organisations;

    Collaborating/Partner Organisations for "Assessing development: designing better indices of poverty and gender equity" (ARC Linkage Grant):

    • Action Against Hunger UK
    • International Women's Development Agency
    • Oxfam America (Southern Africa Regional Office)
    • Philippines Health Social Science Association
    • University of Colorado at Boulder

    European Union (Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training Grant):

    • University of Lanchashire
    • Luiss University
    • University of Helsinki
    • Universität Bielefeld

    European Union (European Commission Grant):

    • Technische Universiteit Delft
    • Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
    • Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
    • Università degli Studi di Padova

    Tiri - a UK registered charity (ARC Linkage Grant)

    United States National Science Foundation (NSF Grant)


    Other International Collaborations


    Cappe Staff with International Positions

    • Christian Barry is a Visiting Scholar at the Centro de Estudos Avançados de Governo e Administração Pública (CEAG—Center for the advanced study of government and public administration) Universidade de Brasília (UnB --- University of Brasilia) in Brazil. He will be teaching a course on some material that he has developed for a CAPPE-based ARC-Funded project at the University of Brasilia during next year.


    International Students

    Laura Cabrera

    Pablo Jimenez

    Alejandra Mancilla

    Rekha Nath

    Chanroeun Pa

    Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu

    Rosa Terlazzo


    International Events

    Call for Proposals: “Impact: Global Poverty”

    Yale University
    11am-6pm, April 23rd, 2011

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