Ethics in Public Life

The Ethics in Public Life Research Group is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars engaged in research on questions of public ethics, broadly conceived.

The Group organises conferences, public lectures, research projects, and other activities on a range of topics which address key ethical issues across the disciplines of science, politics, history, and business. The group is convened by Dr. Guy Aitchison.


  • Dr. Guy Aitchison has broad interests in applied ethics and political philosophy with a focus on theories of human rights, civil disobedience and  political resistance, the ethics of migration and online shaming. He is currently PI for the British Academy/Leverhulme project on 'Starving for Dignity: Re-framing the Ethics of Hunger Strikes’, which looks at ethical issues surrounding political resistance, hunger strikes and self-harm in immigration detention.
  • Dr. Alex Christoyannopoulos focuses on the ethics of violence, war and militarism; the ethics of state violence and coercion; and the ethics of pacifism and nonviolence. He also edits the Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence, where some of these themes are discussed.
  • Dr. Josh Milburn is a moral and political philosopher primarily interested in animal ethics. His first two books, and his current British Academy fellowship, address animals, food, and food systems. Emerging projects look to, first, animals in the thought of the right libertarian philosopher Robert Nozick, and, second, animals in the ethics of war and violence.
  • Phil Parvin is a political theorist who works on challenges to democracy, in particular political disengagement and inequality. He has also written on wider issues in political philosophy including liberalism, justice, inequality, and multiculturalism. His work evaluates philosophical claims about politics and democracy against their real-life practice, and vice versa. His most recent research is on the role of unelected lobby groups in democratic theory and practice.
  • Professor Nigel Wood is Professor of Literature and Theory at Loughborough University. His recent publications reflect an interest in post-human aesthetics. He is also writing a study of Shakespeare  and a  Public Language for Arden Bloomsbury (due: 2023). Key questions include the issues of correctness in aesthetic judgement and the measuring of experience in theatre audiences.