• 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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CAPPE Events

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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


Potential students are encouraged to contact a Postgraduate Co-ordinator for advice prior to submitting an application. 

Inquiries regarding Research degrees (PhD and MA) should be directed to one of the following:

Laura Schroeter (

Steve Clarke (

Inquiries regarding Masters by coursework degrees should be directed to one of the following:

Chris Cordner (

Tom Campbell (


The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) can provide supervision to PhD, MPhil and MA by research students across a wide range of topics. CAPPE members have research interests in traditional and central areas of philosophy including philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, normative and meta-ethical theory, moral psychology, philosophy of action, philosophy of science, cognitive science, free will and responsibility, and personal identity as well as in CAPPE’s core program areas of political violence and state sovereignty; biotechnology; information technology and nanotechnology; criminal justice ethics: business and professional ethics and welfare ethics.

Research areas of PhD candidates currently supervised by CAPPE members include: tribal identity and rights; moral particularism; the neuroscience of moral judgment, privacy and trust in information technology; media ethics; ethics and electronic democracy; the ethics of humanitarian intervention; political violence; trading body parts; the commercial use of animals. Current Research Student Profiles

University of Melbourne
Andrew Alexandra Intellectual Property, Pacifism
Professional Ethics, Hobbes
Professor Tony Coady Political Violence, Terrorism
Moralism and Realism
Dr Daniel Halliday Political Philosophy, Egalitarian Justice, Justice and Public Policy
Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Professor Tom Campbell Justice and Human Rights,
Business Ethics, Ethical Positivism
Dr Steve Clarke Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Social Psychology
Professor Clive Hamilton Ethics of Climate Change, Idealist Philosophy
Post-secular Ethics, Consumption & Identity Formation 
Professor Seumas Miller Professional and Applied Ethics
Philosophy of Action
Professor Suzanne Uniacke Ethics of War 
Medico-legal Ethics
Bioethics, Punishment, Responsibility
Intentions and Consequences
Criminal Justice Ethics