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Institute of Applied Ethics

The world is a confused place in which there are constant tensions between what is convenient, what is conventional, and what is right.

Since it was created in 2004, the Institute of Applied Ethics has taken up the challenge of making sense of these disparate clashes, and conflicts, so as to identify ways ethics can play a more prominent role in the real world.

We organise an annual programme of seminars, conferences and symposia. We also fund travel and conference attendance, where appropriate and supportive of the Institute's aims.

Institute contact

Email iae@hull.ac.uk  Telephone +44 (0)1482 463996

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Events

Watching the detectives: sustaining an ethical police force

Matt Baldwin, head of the Humberside Police Professional Standards Department

13 February 2019
Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 28

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Events

Advancing freedom and Social Justice: new insights from radical and alternative models of schooling

Max Hope (University of Hull)

13 March 2019
Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 28

Events

Towards the deployment of good killer robots

Dr Guido Noto La Diega (Northumbria University)

10 April 2019
Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 28

Events

The Ethics of Nudging

Christine Clavien (University of Geneva)

16 May 2019
Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 28
Police Officer
Science lab at Kelvin School
Robot arm
Business School

Impact

The Institute of Applied Ethics has initiated many impact-oriented projects since its creation in 2004. Some of the most recent ones are listed below. The IAE’s research has had significant impact. For example, the research of the Military Ethics Education group (MEEN) has led to changes in the teaching of ethics education in military and war colleges in Europe, North America, Australia and Israel. Moreover, it has led to the inclusion of explicit ethical considerations in training and pre-deployment briefings within the armed forces of the relevant countries. Both types of impact have been achieved through publications, not least as those publications have formed the explicit basis of discussion at specially-organised targeted conferences and other teaching events. Our other projects are having equally significant impacts in various other areas of applied ethics.

Read about some of these activities below, in the 'Projects' section.

Institute of Applied Ethics

OUR AIMS

  • To carry out research into the applied ethics around areas including social justice, leadership, the environment, military issues, healthcare, criminal and restorative justice, global justice, poverty, and inter-generational justice and migration
  • To support, facilitate and encourage research bid applications - establishing new funding streams and developing new themes for future research projects
  • To engage in deliberation on ethics both within and outside the university, engaging practitioners, faith groups and the business community

The Approach

We bring together complementary interests across the University to provide a supportive and creative forum. This allows for the empirical grounding and rigorous theoretical input necessary for research into applied ethics. We interpret applied ethics broadly, as the application of ethical considerations, reasons, principles, values and ideals to any policy or practice (personal, social or professional) for the purpose of evaluating that policy or practice on ethical grounds.

The Institute draws together over 100 research associates, spread across multiple disciplines at the University of Hull, as well as academics at other institutions. We welcome individuals with relevant research or teaching interests who are interested in becoming associates. Get in touch to find out more.

Projects

The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security (ERCS)

The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security (ERCS)

This multidisciplinary, three-year project investigated the balance between security and ethics in digital governance and attracted £198,150 in ESRC funding. It generated many publications, a film festival (Digital Dystopias) and Open Campus lectures ('Spies, Trolls, Drones' and 'Polls: Being(s) in Cyberspace').

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Military Ethics Education Network (MEEN)

Military Ethics Education Network (MEEN)

This three year research project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust to examine different approaches taken to ethics in the military in 11 democratic countries. (Leverhulme Trust ref: F/00 181/O (£82,163).

Sociology

Exclusion and Integration in the UK and Japan

The IAE is a lead partner in an international network of researchers working on comparative issues of social justice in the UK and Japan. The work focuses on issues of social exclusion and possible approaches to social integration. It has been supported previously by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

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The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security (ERCS).

This multidisciplinary, three-year project investigated the balance between security and ethics in digital governance and attracted £198,150 in ESRC funding. It generated many publications, a film festival (Digital Dystopias) and Open Campus lectures ('Spies, Trolls, Drones' and 'Polls: Being(s) in Cyberspace').

Military Ethics Education Network (MEEN).

This three year research project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust to examine different approaches taken to ethics in the military in 11 democratic countries. (Leverhulme Trust ref: F/00 181/O (£82,163).

Exclusion and Integration in the UK and Japan

The IAE is a lead partner in an international network of researchers working on comparative issues of social justice in the UK and Japan. The work focuses on issues of social exclusion and possible approaches to social integration. It has been supported previously by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

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Outputs and publications

Selected IAE publications and presentations since 2014 by co-directors (in alphabetical order)

Phil Bielby

Publications:

Bielby, P. (2018). ‘Not ‘us’ and ‘them’: towards a normative legal theory of mental health vulnerability’. International Journal of Law in Context 1–17.

Bielby, P. (2016). ‘Justifying mental health rights from a Gewirthian perspective’. In P. Bauhn (ed.) Gewirthian Perspectives on Human Rights (Routledge Studies in American Philosophy), London: Routledge, pp. 174-190.

Bielby, P. (2014). ‘Research on Patients with Dementia’. In: J. Herring, C. Foster and I. Doron (eds.) The Law and Ethics of Dementia. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 363-380.

Bielby, P. (2014). ‘Ulysses Arrangements in Psychiatric Treatment: Towards Proposals for Their Use Based on ‘Sharing’ Legal Capacity.Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy, vol. 22(2), pp. 114-142.

Presentations:

‘Beyond surviving to thriving? Compassion, human rights and public mental health’. Invited talk given to the Hull and East Riding Humanists Group, Beverley, East Yorkshire, 19 March 2018.

‘Mental Health, Human Rights and Compassion’. Paper presented at the Law, Compassion and Healthcare symposium (organised by the Law and Compassion Research Network), Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 18 May 2017.

‘Mental Health, Human Rights and Compassion’. School of Law and Politics research seminar, University of Hull, 26 April 2017.

‘Towards a legal theory of mental health vulnerability’ presented at the ‘Workshop on Vulnerability and Social Justice’ hosted by the University of Leeds Centre for Law and Social Justice and the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative led by Emory University (USA). The University of Leeds, UK, Friday 17 –Saturday 18 June 2016.

‘Heightened vulnerable agency and the justification of mental health rights’. Research seminar paper, Law School, University of Hull, 6 May 2015.

Towards a legal theory of cognitive vulnerability’. Paper given at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Jurisprudence section), The University of Nottingham, 9 September 2014. 

James Connelly

Publications:

Carrick D, Connelly J and Whetham D (eds) (2017), Making the Military Moral, Routledge.

Connelly J and Goodman M (2018), ‘The public interest environmental law group: from USA to Europe’, Environmental Politics, Published online 19 Feb 2018. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1438789.

Connelly J (2017), ‘On Making the Military Moral’, inCarrick D, Connelly J and Whetham D (eds), Making the Military Moral, Routledge.

Presentations:

Connelly, J (2018) presented to the HR Directors Network on the topic "Beyond the Tick Box: Thinking Through Ethics" (13th November 2018). The Network is run by Hugh Scullion and Liz Johnson. Local organisations/companies in the network include ERYC, Siemens, Sewell, Jacksons Bread, MKM building supplies, Smith and Nephew, Humberside Police, McCain, Cranswick, AB Ports etc.

Connelly J (2017), ‘The Common Good in the Cyber Domain’, Kobe, Japan, 17th July 2017 [invited, expenses paid]

Connelly J (2017), ‘Nudge and sustainability’, Monitoring consumer behaviour for sustainability: Information regulation and the rule of law, Hamburg, 14-15th September 2017 [invited, expenses paid]

Connelly J (2018), ‘The Limits of Nudging in Environmental Citizenship’, Regulatory Frameworks for Sustainable Consumption, 25th May 2018, University of Hull

Peter Cserne

Publications:

Cserne P (2018), ‘Paternalism and Contract Law’ inGrill K and Hanna J (eds), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism, Abingdon, Routledge.

Cserne P (2018), ‘Les nudges sont-ils des outils extra-juridiques?’ in ,sous la dir. Malik Bozzo-Rey et Anne Brunon-Ernst (eds), Nudges et normativités: Généalogies, Concepts et Applications, Paris, Hermann.

Cserne P (2017), ‘Behavioural Law and Economics as Litmus TestŒconomia. History / Methodology / Philosophy 7, 3, 305–329.

Presentations:

Cserne P (2018),The uneasy case for parsimony in (law and) economics’, The Future of Law and Economics’ by Guido Calabresi, International University College, Turin, 8th May 2018.

Cserne P (2018), ‘Merit goods and the common good’, Legal philosophy seminar, University of Liege, 27th March 2018.

Cserne P (2017),‘Law’s “artificial reason” between moral reasoning and instrumental rationality: the example of private law doctrine’, IVR UK Branch Conference on Law, Rationality and the Market, University of Sheffield, 18th November 2017.

Cserne (P) (2017), ‘Knowledge claims in Law and Economics: Gaps and bridges between theoretical and practical rationality’, 8th MetaLawEcon workshop on Law and Economics: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions of Interdisciplinarity, TINT, University of Helsinki, 8th November 2017.

Cserne P (2017), ‘Behavioural Law and Economics as Litmus Test’, 34th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics, University of Liverpool in London, 16th September 2017.

Cserne P (2017), ‘Discourses on Judicial Formalism in Central and Eastern Europe – Symptom of an Inferiority Complex?’, Academia Europaea Workshop on Trauma Management, Search for Identity, Self-Images and Otherness in East Central Europe and Beyond, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 4th September 2017.

Antony Hatzistavrou

Hatzistavrou, A.: has been awarded a research fellowship at the Seeger Centre for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University for the first trimester of the 2018-19 session.

Hatzistavrou, A.: has been awarded a small fund of £1,500 from the Royal Institute of Philosophy for organising philosophy events at Hull and will be the vice-president of the IVR International Society for Legal and Social Philosophy (UK branch) from Oct 2018.

Publications:

Hatzistavrou A (2018), Authority and Expertise in Plato and Aristotle, Routledge (forthcoming 2018).

Presentations:

Hatzistavrou A (2017), 'Ruling and Being ruled' at the Greek Ideas of Office and Rule Carlyle Lectures Workshop, Princeton University 1st December, 2017.

Hatzistavrou A (2018), 'Plato and the Utopia within us', Yorkshire Network for Ancient Philosophy, 11th May 2018.

Gerry Johnstone

Publications

Johnstone, G. and Brennan, I. (2019, forthcoming) Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice (Den Haag: Eleven International Publishing).

Johnstone, G. (2018) ‘Restorative Justice and the Therapeutic Tradition: Looking into the Future’ pp. 395-408 in T. Gavrielides (ed.) Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice. (London and New York: Routledge).

Johnstone, G. (2017) ‘Restorative Justice for Victims: Inherent Limits’, Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 5:3, 382-395

Johnstone, G. (2014) ‘Towards a “Justice Agenda” for Restorative Justice’, Restorative Justice: an International Journal, 2(2), 115-123.

Green, S., Johnstone, G., and Lambert, C (2014) ‘Reshaping the Field: Building Restorative Capital’, Restorative Justice: an International Journal, 21(1), 43-63.

Johnstone, Gerry (2014), ‘Restorative Justice in Prisons: Methods, Approaches and Effectiveness’, Council of Europe, PC-CP\docs 2014\PC-CP (2014)17e rev

Colin Tyler

Publications:

Common Good Politics: British idealism and contemporary social justice (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017 hbk; 2018 pbk).

Jeremy Bentham on Open Government and Privacy’, Journal of Information Ethics, 26:1 (2017).

‘J.A. Symonds, socialism and the crisis of sexuality in fin-de-siècle Britain’, History of European Ideas, 43:8 (2017).

Co-authored with J. Grygieńć’] ‘Inny liberalizm jest możliwy. Wspólnota, wolność i sprawiedliwość społeczna w filozofii nowego liberalizmu’, w Nowy Liberalizm. Wybór tekstów (red. J. Grygieńć, C. Tyler), Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopenika, Toruń 2016 [‘A Different liberalism is possible. Community, freedom and social justice in New Liberal philosophy’, in New Liberalism: A Reader, ed. Janusz Grygieńć and Colin Tyler, trans. Janusz Grygieńć (Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, 2017)], pp.9-21.

‘Hobson on Democracy and the Humanized Economy’, in Xavier Márquez, (ed), Democratic Movements: Reading democratic texts (Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought) (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)

Presentations:

19 October 2018: ‘Common Goods and Final Ends: Alasdair MacIntyre versus the British Idealists’, Centre for Social and Political Thought/Philosophy Department, Sussex University (invited, externally-funded).

July 2018: “Liberalism and the Realisation of Liberty”, International Social Science Section, Yokohama National University, Japan.

26-27 March 2018: “Liberal Socialism in Britain and Italy, 1880 to 1930”, conference: British Idealism and New Liberalism: Visions of politics between UK and Italy, Department of Politics, University of Genoa, Italy.

18 December 2017: “The Contemporary Importance of Common Good Politics”, PSA British Idealism Annual Conference, Gregynog Hall, Wales

17 July 2017: “T.H. Green, Interculturalism and the Radical Common Good”, Second Anglo-Japanese International Workshop on British Idealism: T.H. Green and the Common Good Politics, Kobe University, Japan.

15 July 2017: “T.H. Green and the Development of Japanese Idealism”, First Anglo-Japanese International Workshop on British Idealism: T.H. Green and the History of Idealist Political Thought, Kyoritsu Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan.

Selected IAE-related publications and presentations by Associates

Stephen Allen

(previously programme director; left UoH but remains as an IAE Associate)

Publications:

O’Reilly D, Allen S and Reedy P (2018),'Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability', British Journal of Management, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp.220-234

Allen S, Brigham M & Marshall J (2018), ‘Lost in delegation? (Dis)organizing for sustainabilityScandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 29-39 (ABS 2*)

Humanity’s ‘sustainability’ is no excuse for abandoning planet Earth’, The Conversation, 17th July 2017.

Presentations:

Allen S (2018), ‘What role for postcolonial theory in responsible management education?  Some reflections and possibilities’, PRME UK & Ireland Regional Chapter 5th Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University of London from 25thJune– 27thJune 2018.

Allen S (2018), ‘’Weighty Friend', not just a joke! Exploring power and authority in contemporary Quaker organising’, Quaker Studies Research Association annual conference, Theme - "Business, Enterprise, Technology and Innovation", Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, UK, 21st June.

Allen S (2018), ‘Organising unknowing?’, EASST2018: Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together, Stream - 'Conflict, dissolution, contest', Lancaster University, UK, 25th-28th July.

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Publications:

Cohen-Almagor R (2017), ‘Balancing Freedom of Expression and Social Responsibility on the Internet’, Special Symposium on Confronting the Internet's Dark Side, Philosophia Vol. 45:3.

Cohen-Almagor R (2017), “The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Tackling Terrorism Online”, Fordham Law Review, Vol. 86.

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘Discrimination against Jewish Women in Halacha (Jewish Law) and in Israel’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 45:2.

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘Social Responsibility on the Internet: Addressing the Challenge of Cyberbullying’, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Vol. 39.

Presentations:

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Hate Speech on the Internet’, 21stNirma International Conference on Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India, 11th-13th January 2018.

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘The Digital Seduction of Evil: Cyberterrorism and Hate Speech on the Internet’, Xescom Communication Congress, Universidad de A Coruña, Spain, 22nd-23rd March 2018.

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘Right to Die with Dignity’, National Law University, Jodhpur, India 13th January 2018.

Cohen-Almagor R (2018), ‘Striking A Balance: Multiculturalism and Human Rights’, MNIT Jaipur, India, 19th January 2018.

Dionysios Demetis

Publications:

Demetis D and Lee A (forthcoming, 2018), ‘When Humans using the IT artefact becomes IT using the Human artefact, Journal for the Association of Information Systems (JAIS), Accepted and filed.

Demetis D (2018), ‘Fighting money laundering with technology: a case study of Bank X in the UK, Decision Support Systems, Vol. 105.

Neil Gordon

Presentations:
Gordon N (2018), ‘Sustainable Computing: a home for LSEP, Commercial practice and Research skills’, UK Computing Education Practice (CEP), January 2018.

Gordon N (2018), ‘Sustainable Computing: a home for Professional and Research skills’,

Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, University of Hull, June 2018.

[this will be developed into a publication in the Horizons journal]

Joseph Lambert

Publications:

'How Ethical are Codes of Ethics: Using Illusions of Neutrality to Sell Translations' is due to be published in the Journal of Specialised Translation in July 2018. 

Gerald Midgley

Publications:

Lowe D, Oliver P, Midgley G and Yearworth M (2018), ‘Evaluating how System Health Assessment can Trigger Anticipatory Action for Resilience’ in Boehm B. Erwin D. Ghanem R, Madni AM, and Wheaton MJ (eds), Disciplinary Convergence in Systems Engineering Research, Springer, New York.

Chichirau G, Johnson M and Midgley G (2018), ‘What is Community Operational Research?’, European Journal of Operational Research, 268, 3, 771-783.

Midgley G, Papadopoulos T and Ufua D (2018), ‘Systemic Lean Intervention: Enhancing Lean with Community Operational Research’, European Journal of Operational Research, 268, 3.

Johnson M and Midgley G (2018), ‘Community Operational Research: Innovations, Internationalization and Agenda-Setting Applications’, European Journal of Operational Research, 268, 3.

Midgley G (2017), The Mälardalen Visiting Professorship in Systemic Innovation: A Report to the Swedish Knowledge Foundation, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna.

Presentations:

Midgley G (2017), Keynote address at the3rd Annual Metaphorum on Cybernetics and Organization, Liverpool, UK, November 2017.

Noel O’Sullivan

Publications:

O’Sullivan N and Hoang Y (2018), ‘Gendered Militarisation as State of Exception on the Korean Peninsula’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, May 2018, pp. 1-15.

Presentations:

‘The contemporary relevance of Michael Oakeshott’s political philosophy’, Belgrade University, 29th January – 1st February 2018.

‘The contemporary Western debate about the nature of the political’, 2018.

Serbian Institute for European Studies, 29th January – 1st February 2018. 

Elsbeth Robson

Robson E (2018), ‘Ethics committees, journal publication and research with childrenChildren’s Geographies (forthcoming 2018)

Subhan Ullah

Ahmad S, Akbar S, Kodwani D andUllah (2018), ‘International Evidence on the Determinants of Organisational Ethical Vulnerability’, British Journal of Management, in press.  

Research Students

Craig Barlow

Forced Criminal Exploitation of Children and the Circles of Analysis: An Explanatory Model

Supervisors: Professor Gerry Johnstone and Dr Simon Green

Loria-Mae Heywood

Law in Books and Law in Action: Child Protection and Child Trafficking in Vietnam, Albania, and Nigeria

Supervisors: Professor Gerry Johnstone and Dr Simon Green

Matthew Jones

Carl Schmitt: Terrorism and the State of Emergency

Supervisors: Professor James Connelly and Professor Colin Tyler

Philip Mayne

Do the principles of the Just War Tradition impede the implementation of effective Counterinsurgency?

Supervisors: James Connelly and David Lonsdale

James Pearce

Can “intrinsic” republican notions of the civic condition be made compatible with deep diversity?

Supervisors: Professor Colin Tyler and Professor James Connelly

Meara Sullivan

Transforming primary education through restorative justice: Insights from case studies

Supervisors: Dr Gerry Johnstone and Dr Max Hope