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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 change ethics, climate justice, corporate ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), political theory, moral philosophy, environmental ethics, sustainability

PhD Title

Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent

My project investigates the ethical obligations of corporations as collective moral agents in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Policy measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation create both benefits and burdens, and climate justice focuses on the just distribution of these. While extant literature in climate change ethics has discussed the responsibilities of individuals and nation states, the responsibilities of corporate agents have been neglected. Despite their significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, corporations have yet to be held morally accountable. This project seeks to rectify this omission in climate justice.


Dr Elizabeth Cripps & Dr Philip Cook


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)


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

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