PhD Candidate (he/him)
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My first name is pronounced ‘GAR-kay’. Trained as a political theorist, my research interests cut across philosophy, the environmental sciences and the social sciences. My main ESRC-funded doctoral research is on the ethical and political issues in earthquake/tsunami risk management. Specifically, I work on the risk of catastrophic tsunami-generating earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which spans the Pacific Northwest USA and Canada. I am supervised by Keith HyamsLink opens in a new window and Simon CaneyLink opens in a new window, with Rebecca BellLink opens in a new window and Douglas ToomeyLink opens in a new window as informal advisors.
At Warwick, I am affiliated with the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPALink opens in a new window) and the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group’s project on Ethics in Climate and DevelopmentLink opens in a new window. I’m also a member of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDRLink opens in a new window), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERILink opens in a new window) and the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSELink opens in a new window).
Coming from a non-specialist and interdisciplinary academic background, I am keen to encourage more students to transfer into philosophy and political theory from other fields. Please contact me for further information.
- Analytic social, political and legal philosophy
- Science, technology, ethics and public policy
- Natural hazards, disasters and emergencies (esp. earthquakes and tsunamis)
- Risk, uncertainty and resilience
- Gender and sexuality
- Parenting, childhood and education
- 2023 (forthcoming): ‘Earthquakes’, in Wallenhorst, N. and C. Wulf (eds.), Handbook of the Anthropocene: Humans Between Heritage and Future. Cham: Springer.
- 2022: ‘The value of values in climate scienceLink opens in a new window’ (with K. Pulkkinen et al.), Nature Climate Change 12: 4-6.
- 2021: ‘Reducing Flood Risks for Young People in the UK Housing MarketLink opens in a new window’, in Adrot, A., R. Grace, K. Moore and C. Zobel (eds.) Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Blacksburg, VA: ISCRAM.
- 2020: ‘The Narrative Coherence Standard and Child Patients' Capacity to ConsentLink opens in a new window’, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 11(1): 40-42.
- 2023: ‘Time Taxes and Avoidable Structural Injustice’, Graduate Conference in Political Theory, University of Oxford, 24-25 April
- 2022: ‘The Environmental Harms of Earthquakes: An Ethical Analysis of the Impact of Earthquakes on the Non-Human World’, 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Salt Lake City, 27 June - 1 July
- 2021: ‘Reducing Flood Risks for Young People in the UK Housing Market’, Workshop on Housing in Crisis, MANCEPT Online Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 7-10 September
- 2021: ‘The Ethical Argument for Gender-Neutral Public Conveniences’, Queerness Beyond Borders, University of Oxford, 9 July
- 2021: ‘The Legitimate Use of Emergency Powers in Response to Pandemics’, Fifth International Conference on Public Policy, University of Barcelona, 7 July
- 2021: ‘The Social and Environmental Harms of Earthquakes’, Sixth Annual Global Ethics Conference, University of Birmingham, 26-28 May
- 2021: ‘Reducing Flood Risks for Young People in the UK Housing Market’, Conference on Flooding, Resilience and the Climate Crisis, University of Sheffield, 19 May
- 2021: ‘The Legitimate Use of Emergency Powers in Response to Pandemics’, HKU Legal and Political Theory Postgraduate Conference, University of Hong Kong, 5-7 May
- 2021: ‘Socially Transformative Experiences: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Congress, Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University, 21-23 April
- 2020: ‘Ethical Issues in the Policy Response to Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards in Cascadia: A Critical Survey of the Field’, Public Issues and Public Reason: A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences, Carleton University (Canada), 20-21 October
- 2020: ‘The Legitimacy of Mandatory Emergency Preparedness Measures’, Workshop on The Ethics and Politics of Risk (Mis)Communication, MANCEPT Online Workshops in Political Theory, 9-11 September
- 2020: ‘The Narrative Coherence Standard and Child Patients' Capacity to Consent’, Graduate Conference in Political & Legal Theory, University of Warwick, 15 February.
2018: ‘Sexuality, Science and Religion in the Public Sphere: Perfectionism and the Problem of Justificatory Disagreement’, MANCEPT Brave New World Graduate Conference in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 11-12 June.
- 2018: ‘An Argument for Gender-Neutral Public Toilets: Urinary Segregation as Morally Wrongful Discrimination’, Graduate Conference in Political & Legal Theory, University of Warwick, 17 February.
- 2017: ‘Discrimination and the Political Morality of Gender-Neutral Public Toilets’, Sex, Gender & Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives, University of Leicester, 29 July.
- 2022: on Ron Aboodi, ‘A Central Worry about Manipulation in Education’, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, 13 January.
- 2020: on Riana Popat, ‘How Plausible is the Autism Objection to Hermeneutic Fictionalism?’ Joint Birmingham-Nottingham-Warwick Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Nottingham, 11 December.
- 2020: on Jana Wolkowski, ‘Contested Borders and Contested States: The Political and Human Rights Consequences Resulting from the Regulation of Migrant Flows between Africa and Europe’, Public Issues and Public Reason: A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences, Carleton University (Canada), 20-21 October
- 2020: on Kerry O'Neill, ‘Conditional Cash Transfers as Third-Party Exploitation’, Public Issues and Public Reason: A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences, Carleton University (Canada), 20-21 October
- 2023: Graduate Conference in Political & Legal Theory, University of Warwick, 18 February. Co-organiser with Ricky Li, Iason Papaioannou-Turner, Chris Perrett, David Rischel and Ke Xia. Keynote speakers: Sophia MoreauLink opens in a new window (Toronto) and Emily McTernanLink opens in a new window (UCL).
- 2021: Workshop on Disasters, Risk & ResilienceLink opens in a new window, MANCEPT Online Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 8-9 September. Co-convenor with Kritika Maheshwari. Keynote speakers: Elizabeth BrakeLink opens in a new window (Rice), Colleen MurphyLink opens in a new window (Illinois) and Jonathan WolffLink opens in a new window (Oxford).
- 2021: Critical International & Political Studies Annual Lecture, University of Warwick, 26 April. Co-organiser with Ivy Yang and Anne-Marie Houde. Speaker: Laura J. ShepherdLink opens in a new window.
- 2020: Workshop on Democracy and Intergenerational JusticeLink opens in a new window, MANCEPT Online Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 9-11 September. Co-convenor with Jonathan HoffmannLink opens in a new window and Michael RoseLink opens in a new window. Keynote speakers: Simon Caney (Warwick) and Axel GosseriesLink opens in a new window (UC Louvain).
- 2020: Technology & Global Governance Virtual ForumLink opens in a new window, Centre for Law, Regulation & Governance of the Global Economy, University of Warwick, 31 July. Co-organiser with Chang Zhang and James McNally; panel moderator.
Public Engagement & Outreach
I have been involved in policy engagement with civil society bodies and the UK Government. For example, I co-wrote a submission to the UK Government’s April 2021 consultation on proposed reforms to the Flood Re insurance scheme (with David SchultzLink opens in a new window at the University of Manchester). I have also given evidence to the UK Parliament’s Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee on resilience to extreme risks and emergencies. I was on an international team of scientists who co-authored a short background paper on the seismic vulnerabilities of 'soft story' and non-ductile buildings, for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERILink opens in a new window). My report on flood risk and housing was reprinted in a policy pamphletLink opens in a new window for the Young Fabians.
I do other kinds of outreach work, often in interdisciplinary contexts. Unusually for a political theorist, I was a judge for the 2021 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition run by EERI. This involved dozens of engineering students representing universities from around the world. In August 2021, I delivered taster courses in Politics, Philosophy & Law for the Sutton Trust Summer SchoolLink opens in a new window, aimed at secondary school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
I teach or have taught modules in politics, philosophy and the history of political thought.
I was a WinnerLink opens in a new window in the 2021 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Researchers.
- 2020: ‘China's Appalling Abuses in Xinjiang Show Why We Need a World Court of Human RightsLink opens in a new window’, Young Fabians Blog, 23 September.
- 2017: ‘Review: Men and Masculinities in Culture and Society (MMICS) Workshop on Russian MasculinitiesLink opens in a new window’, HARTS & Minds Journal 3(2): 127-128.
- 2016: ‘Gah-Kai Leung on Edward SaidLink opens in a new window’, The Statesman's Yearbook 2017 (London: Palgrave): xix. Winner of a competition to write a 500-word essay on an influential political thinker.
I am a member of the Critical International and Political Studies (CRIPS) Graduate Working Group and the Secretary for the PAIS PhD Student-Staff Liaison Committee.
I was appointed to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Younger Members Committee and Student Leadership Council for 2021-22.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research (Warwick)
- MA in Transnational Studies (UCL)
- BA in PPE with Study Abroad (Warwick)
- Certificat d'Études Politiques (Grenoble, France)