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About the IERG team

T SorellTom Sorell is Professor of Politics and Philosophy and Head of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group in PAIS. He was an RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow (2013-2016). Previously, he was John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham. Before that he was Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. In 1996-7 he was Fellow in Ethics at Harvard. He was also the Tang Chun-I Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013.

He has published extensively in moral and political philosophy, including four books, and dozens of journal articles. His most recent published work takes up (i) moral and political issues raised by emergencies, including terrorist emergencies; (ii) microfinance and human rights; (iii) human rights and hactivism; and (iv) the defensibiity of preventive justice.

He has worked on many European and RCUK funded research projects. He has also served as a consultant on security-sensitive material in UK universities and on the committee advising the AHRC on the Internet of Things.

Keith HyamsKeith Hyams is Associate Professor in Political Theory and Interdisciplinary Ethis within PAIS where he leads the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group's work on Ethics in International Development. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Reading and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, where he taught moral and political philosophy. He has been a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto (2009-10), a Visiting Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, University of Louvain (2012), and a Visiting Academic in the Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford (2012-14). Between 2008-12, he led the AHRC research project ‘Sharing Nature’s Bounty’, and between 2012-14 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow. He has held two British Academy research grants, an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant, and has provided ethics input for interdisciplinary research projects funded by NERC, the EPSRC and the European FP7. He was awarded the 2015 Inaugural Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy for his work on the distribution of risk.

Keith has published on consent, distributive justice, political justification and the ethics of climate change. His current research interests include ethics in international development, global governance in the face of catastrophic risk, the methodology of normative enquiry and moral psychology. He holds a DPhil in philosophy (Oxford), a BPhil in philosophy (Oxford), and a BA in psychology and philosophy (Oxford). Prior to becoming an academic, he lived and worked on international development in various countries, including Rwanda, Guyana, India, Peru, Nigeria, Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Middle East.

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Dr. John Guelke is a research fellow providing ethics research on an FP7 project called SIIP (Speaker Identification Integrated Project). He previously worked on the FP7 SURVEILLE (Surveillance, Ethics, Legal Limitations and Efficiency) project, assisting Professor Tom Sorell in the establishment and running of the SURVEILLE Advisory Service, and carrying out surveys of surveillance technology in conjunction with Merseyside Police, and on the FP7 DETECTER project where he worked on detection technologies and the ethical norms of counter terrorism.


Dr. Christopher Nathan is a research fellow on the EU Horizon 2020 project on responsibility in research and innovation entitled PRISMA. He has worked on four other IERG projects: the ESRC Global Uncertainties fellowship, the European FP7 project SURVEILLE, the ESRC project Assuming Identities Online, and the ESRC Integrator programme on Ethics and Rights in a Security Context. Before joining Warwick he lectured on Political Philosophy at the University of Exeter and at Imperial College London.

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Dr Jethro Butler is a research fellow on the EU FP7 project SIIP (Speaker Identification Integrated Project) and the EPSRC project DAPM (Detecting and Preventing Mass-Marketing Fraud). He previously worked on the ESRC project Assuming Identities Online, investigating ethical issues associated with the use of deception and secrecy in the online investigation of different kinds of serious crime including counter-terrorism and paedophile assault and grooming. Before coming to Warwick he lectured in political philosophy at the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.

Morten ByskovMorten Fibieger Byskov works as a postdoctoral research fellow at IERG. He joined the department in January 2018 and will work on a project funded by the British Academy on indigenous knowledge and epistemic injustice in the context of climate adaptation policies. His research interests are on the ethical aspects of development and in particular on how to involve local stakeholders in development decision-making.

Morten is also active in the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), where he co-coordinates the thematic group on Foundational Issues in the Capability Approach, and the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA). He is currently in the process of establishing a new platform for European-based development ethicists, the European Development Ethics Network (EDEN).

PoshendraWith a background in the natural and social sciences, Dr Poshendra Satyal has experience and interests in interdisciplinary and policy relevant research on environment and development issues, particularly on environmental governance, natural resources management and climate change in Asia and Africa. At Warwick, he has been involved in two projects: ‘Challenging Inequalities: An Indo-European perspective’ (2019-2021) and ‘Remedying Injustice in Indigenous Climate Adaptation Planning’ (2018-2019).

nadineNadine Flowers joined IERG in January 2018 as Research Grants Administrator.

Nadine's background is within Research and Project Management and she has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry from Warwick.

Before IERG, Nadine worked at Warwick Medical School, initially as a Research Fellow where she authored a number of Cochrane Systematic Reviews for the Cochrane Heart Group, looking at the effect of interventions for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Nadine then took on the role of Project Manager for a £3m European Commission funded research project called InSPiRe, a project that aimed to develop novel statistical methodology for clinical trials in small populations. Nadine then went on to manage a project funded by the National Institute for Healthcare, which looked at decision-making in Intensive Care.

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Dr. Duncan Hine is a Senior Research Associate in connection with IERG's PRISMA
project. He has extensive experience of identity management and biometric techniques and the fraud mechanisms used to defeat these systems. He led the thinking in this area for the whole of the UK public sector and developed the strategies, policies and standards necessary for progress across multiple agencies and departments. Duncan has a pragmatic view of cyber security and in the past was instrumental in the introduction of loyalty cards in the UK working with many major retailers. He has developed techniques for profiling and data mining and techniques to defeat these approaches when off shoring sensitive material. Duncan also has a keen interest in innovation which he led across The Post Office. He now leads a group of 25 of the world’s largest companies, across multiple industries, in developing new approaches to innovation.

Michael Selgelid

Professor Michael J. Selgelid, Warwick-Monash Adjunct Professor, is Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

He also holds appointments as Academic Visitor in the School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University (Canberra); and Honorary Lecturer in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, School of Public Health, at the University of Sydney.

His main research focus is public health ethics—with emphasis on ethical issues associated with biotechnology and infectious disease