• 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.

Poverty Program:

    This program focuses on building an ethically and empirically based account of what development is, what standards it ought to use, and the like. Issues addressed include the measurement of poverty and global minimal labour standards.

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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Workshop Wagga Wagga

Saturday July 26, 2014, 12.30 - 4pm

Co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy

The Procreation Asymmetry

The aim of this workshop is to evaluate the prospects of vindicating an intuitive 'procreation asymmetry': that we are obligated not to create miserable children, but have no obligation to create happy children. More

Workshop Canberra

Friday September 05, Saturday September 06, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy

Who is Responsible for Climate Change? More


CAPPE Canberra Seminar

Wednesday September 03, 2014 at 5.15pm

Dr Greg Bognar (La Trobe University)

TBA  More

CAPPE Melbourne Seminar

Wednesday August 20, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Andrew Watkins (Mercy Hospital Melbourne)

Perinatal palliative care/Cross cultural decision making/ relational autonomy/EOL care in NICU  More


Past 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:

Dana Goswick (

Suzanne Uniacke (

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
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 
Dr Steve Matthews Professional and Applied Ethics
Philosophy of Personhood, Personal Identity
Professor Seumas Miller Professional and Applied Ethics
Philosophy of Action
Professor Steven Vanderheiden Environmental Ethics
Professor Suzanne Uniacke Ethics of War 
Medico-legal Ethics
Bioethics, Punishment, Responsibility
Intentions and Consequences
Criminal Justice Ethics