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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Talia Shoval

Talia Shoval
Talia Shoval
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Just war theory, Environmental ethics, Justice and non-human animals, Non-anthropocentrism, Ecofeminism, Political Ecology, Political Theory, Moral philosophy, Applied ethics

PhD Title

Environmental Ethics in Just War Theory

PhD Title

'The Nature of War: Incorporating Environmental Ethics in the Ethics of War'


I am a PhD candidate in Politics (Political Theory) at the University of Edinburgh. My research project focuses on the interplay between environmental ethics and the ethics of war. I am interested in exploring the ethical relations between humans beings and the non-human environment in the context of war and armed conflict. More specifically, my project explores the implications of incorporating environmental ethics in the Just War framework. I aim to reassess Just War Theory by using radical, non-anthropocentric perspectives in environmental ethics. 


Dr Elizabeth Cripps

Dr Mathias Thaler


Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Graduate Fellow of CRITIQUE  - Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought


  • 2019-present  - PhD, Politics (Political Theory), University of Edinburgh.
  • 2016-2018 - M.A., Political Science (Political Theory and International Relations ) (Summa Cum Laude), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2013 - Exchange Programme, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Venice International University.
  • 2011-2014 - B.A.,  Political Science and Media Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Tel-Aviv University.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2020 - Alice Brown PhD Scholarship (2020-2024)
  • 2018 - Excellence scholarship  (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2016-2018 - M.A. Full Tuition Scholarship (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2012 - Dean's list (B.A. Political Science & Media Studies), Tel-Aviv University. 

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

  • 2020 - 'In Defence of Nature: Environmental Just Causes for the Use of Force', Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh  (Online). 
  • 2020 - Discussant in the joint Royal Society of Edinburgh/Royal Institute of Philosophy annual lecture by Professor Dale Jamieson on 'the Misunderstood Risks of Climate Change' (Online).
  • 2020  - 'The Nature of War: Incorporating Environmental Ethics in the Ethics of War', Mancept Workshop on Just War in an Unjust World (Online).
  • 2020 - 'Moral Naturalism, Environmental Ethics and Just War: Should Natural Facts Inform out Ethical Relations with the Non-Human World in the Context of War?', European Consortium for Political Research, Summer School on Political Epistemology (Online).
  • 2019 - 'Environmental Ethics in Just War Theory', International Association of Military Ethics in Europe Conference, Vienna. 

Teaching and Work Experience

  • 2020-Present - Tutor, 'Political Thinkers' (Dr Elizabeth Cripps & Dr Mihaela Mihai).
  • 2020 - Tutor, 'Introduction to Politics and International Relations' (Dr Stephen Hill, Dr Marc Geddes), University of Edinburgh (Online)
  • 2020-present - Senior Editor of Strife , King's College London.
  • 2018-2019 - Teaching Assistant, 'Dilemmas in Modern Warefare' (Professor Tamar Meisels), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2018-2019 - Lecturer, 'Introduction to Political Theory',  Unit for Science Oriented Youth, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2018-2019 -  Research Assistant for Dr Julie Cooper in a project on Jewish Political Thought, Tel-Aviv Univerisity.
  • 2018-2019 - Professional Supervisor,  Unit for Science Oriented Youth, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2017-2019 - Member of Editorial Board, 'The Public Sphere Journal', The School of Political Science, Government and International Relations, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2017-2019 - Tutor, 'Contemporary Political Thought' (Professor Tamar Meisels, Dr Golan Lahat), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2016-2019 - Tutor, 'The Israeli Political Regime' (Professor Amal Jamal, Dr Yael Shomer), Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2016-2017 - Tutor, 'Introduction to International Relations' (Dr Uriel Abulof), Tel-Aviv University.