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  • University of Melbourne

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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

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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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

Students with Recently Completed PhD Theses:

Robert Arrell

Associative Duties and Morality: Do associative duties really pose a genuine problem for the realisation of global Justice?

Evan Dwyer

The Ethics of  Repossessing Real Property in Australia

Jennifer Grey

The Ethics of Zoos

Dominic Lenzi

The Role of Knowledge in Determining Environmental Virtue

Steven McKinlay

The Philosophy of Information: Ethical, Ontological and Epistemic Perspectives

Timothy Newton-Howes

Relative injustice and compensation for historical wrongdoing

Fang Qu

Ethical Issues in police (custodial) interrogation: Implications for policing in China

Current PhD Students:

Blas Bulnes Beniscelli

Religion vs. Liberalism

Nick Evans

Ethics, rights and revolution

Paul Griffiths

Neutrality and Perfectionism

Matthew Heather

Ethics of the use of Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement and National Security

Drago Heler

The Ethics of the Impact on Human Nature of Human Enhancement Technologies

Hui Jin

Information, Ethics and Well-being

Kerstin Knight

Advance Directives for Medical Care in Australia - An appraisal of empirical and philosophical issues

Clare McArdle

Role of a democratic state in a global world

Duncan Martin

Collectivising Environmental Virtue

Samsul Ma'arif Mujiharto

Policy Making in an Uncertain World

Khali Mofuoa

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Light of an African Moral Theory

Daniel Nellor

The philosophical underpinnings of liberal democracy

Heather Niven

Authenticity and Psycho-pharmaceuticals

Astrid Paulsson

Empathy and Global Justice

Philip Patterson

The place of virtue ethics in the design of the 'value-based' ethics regulation system in the Australian Public Service: philosophical and normative challenges to the efficacy of the APS values and code of conduct

Hector Rodriguez Valdes

Ethical issues relating to the use of Technology in the Alleivaton of Extreme Poverty