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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.


2015 Annual Report [.pdf]

CAPPE Events

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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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Adam Henschke

IT and Nanotechnology: Ethics of Emergent Technology
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Adam Henschke is a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Security College, Australian National University. He received his PhD through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt University at the end of 2013. He also has a Master of Applied Ethics (2006-2007) from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping University (Sweden), a Master of Bioethics (2004-2005) from Monash University (Australia), a Graduate Diploma in 'The Biotechnologies of Life', (2002-2003) also from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Biology/Biotechnology (1995-1997) from RMIT University (Australia).

He is an adjunct research fellow with the Centre of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University and in 2014 was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. In 2012 Adam received a Brocher Foundation Research Fellowship (Geneva, Switzerland) to look at the ethical, legal and social implications of 'Open Health' technologies and programs, in 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands).

He has published in areas that include information theory, ethics of technology and military ethics. He has co-edited (with Nicholas G. Evans) the International Journal of Applied Philosophy’s symposium on war in the 21st century Fall 2012, (with Fritz Allhoff and Nicholas G. Evans) The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War, 2013, and (with Fritz Allhoff and Bradley Jay Strawser) is currently co-editing a book on the ethics of cyberwarfare for Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming book

Dr Henschke's forthcoming book will be published by Cambridge University Press (2016). Titled Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Virtual Identities And Information Technologies it will be based on his CAPPE PhD.

We live in a changing world. The range and uses of information technologies are evolving in ways that are hard to predict, and our responses are similarly difficult to anticipate. Surveillance technologies in particular are deeply problematic. Following the release of information by Edward Snowden showing that national security agencies around the world are monitoring our internet traffic, our phone calls and the like, people are widely concerned about government surveillance. Similarly, we are slowly learning of the ways in which private companies create and harvest data about us. Information handling giants like Facebook, Google, Apple etc. have all been the targets of public criticism over how they exploit our personal information. In order to properly assess the impacts of these changes on people’s lives, a substantive and deep analysis is needed to tie this new technology to people, to see whether we’re actually facing some truly new set of moral problem or just standard ethical concerns about new technologies. Underpinning this tension is the deeper problem that the book attends to – “Are surveillance technologies changing our moral world, and if so, how?” This book, Ethics in an Age of Surveillance: Virtual Identities and Information Technologies fills a gap by answering that question in a novel way: looking at the relation between identity and personal information.


Fields of special interest

  • Ethics of cyber-security
  • Just war and military ethics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Bioethics
  • Cross cultural ethical dialogues
  • Ethics of Research
  • Value-informed decision making


Selected Publications


Henschke, A. “Opportunity Costs: Scarcity And Complex Medical Machines”, in van Rysewyk, S. and Pontier, M. (eds.) Machine Medical Ethics, Springer, 2015.

Allhoff, F., Evans, N. G., and Henschke, A., (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2013, see:

Henschke, A., “Food’s Purposes” in Thompson, P., & Kaplan, D., Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Springer, 2013.

Henschke, A. and Evans, N. G., (guest eds.) “War: 21st Century” Symposium in International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26:2, 2012.

Henschke, A. and Evans, N. G. “Winning Well by Fighting Well: On Probability of Success and Relations Between War’s Ends and Warfighter’s Roles”, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26:2, 2012.

Henschke, A., “Making Sense Of Animal Disenhancement”, NanoEthics, 6:1, 2012.

Henschke, A., “Did You Just Say What I Thought You Said? Talking About Genes, Identity And Information”, Identity And The Information Society, 3:3, 2010.

Weckert, J., and Henschke A., “Computer Ethics And Applied Contexts” in Floridi, L., (ed.) A Philosophical Introduction To Computer Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2009.