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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Climate justice, corporate ethics, collective agency, social ontology, political theory, moral philosophy, environmental ethics, sustainability

PhD Title

Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent

My research investigates corporate moral responsibilities for climate change mitigation and adaptation. It argues for corporations as duty bearers in climate change and examines their responsibilities as collective moral agents and political as well as economic institutions. The aim of my research is to further develop the climate change ethics debate by regarding corporations as collective moral and political agents. While theorists have widely discussed state and individual moral responsibility in climate change, the responsibilities of other collective actors, specifically corporations, have largely been neglected. However, the omission of corporations in climate justice has severe repercussions since their actions substantially contribute to climate change.


Dr Elizabeth Cripps & Dr Philip Cook


Graduate fellow of CRITIQUE (Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought)

Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group


PhD Political Theory (PIR), University of Edinburgh (2019-)

M.A. Environment and Natural Resources (Distinction), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Reykjavík (2018)

Visiting Graduate Student, Environmental Studies & Philosophy, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver (2017)

Diplom (M.Sc. equivalent) Mathematics, minor in Philosophy (Distinction), Humboldt University of Berlin (2015)

Visiting Graduate Student, Mathematics & Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid (2012)

Other Courses:

Bergen Summer Research School (2019), University of Bergen, focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and the research-policy nexus

Course "Communicating Climate Change" (2018), University Centre of the Westfjords, Ísafjorður


Nomination in the 2021 EUSA Teaching Awards in the category "Teacher of the Year"

Adam Smith Research Essay Prize (2017), University of British Columbia


2021 Political Thinkers, Tutor

2020 Morality and Value, Tutor

2020 Politics and Theories of International Development (online distance learning), Tutor