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Gah-Kai Leung

PhD Candidate (he/him)
Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Gah-Kai.Leung@warwick.ac.uk

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My first name is pronounced ‘GAR-kay’. I’m a second-year PhD candidate in PAIS, researching the ethics and politics of earthquake risk management. Specifically, I work on the risk of catastrophic tsunami-generating earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest USA and Canada. My studies are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

At Warwick, I am affiliated with the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPA) and the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group’s project on Ethics in Climate and Development. I’m also a member of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).

I am supervised by Simon Caney and Keith Hyams, with Rebecca Bell and Douglas Toomey as informal advisors. The interdisciplinary focus of this team reflects my interest in combining insights from both normative political theory and empirical earth science to motivate my project.

Before starting my PhD, I spent two years teaching English in schools in Paris and Newbury, as well as adult education classes in Reading. I am qualified in teaching both English and French to speakers of other languages.

Coming from a non-specialist academic background, I am keen to encourage more students to transfer into philosophy and political theory from other disciplines. Please contact me for further information.

Research Interests
  • 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
Peer-Reviewed Publications
Conference Presentations
Papers:
  • 2021: ‘An Argument for Gender-Neutral Public Toilets: Urinary Segregation as Morally Wrongful Discrimination’, Sixth Annual Global Ethics Conference, University of Birmingham, date tbc
  • 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.
Invited Commentaries:
  • 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
Event Organisation
Teaching

In 2020/2021, I will be teaching on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PH133)
  • Introduction to Politics (PO107)
  • Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections in History (HI2A5)
  • The Philosophy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism (PH379) (term 2)
  • Principles of Political Economy: Philosophy & Politics (PH338) (term 2)

I am also guest lecturing for:

Other Writing
Engagement

I am currently writing a contribution to a policy pamphlet on Young People and the Housing Market, for the Young Fabians.

Service

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.

Qualifications
  • 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)