- Dr Elizabeth Cripps
- Senior Lecturer in Political Theory; Associate Director of the Just World Institute
- Rm 3.30 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44(0)131 651 1948
- Research Interests
- Climate change ethics, Climate justice, Collective responsibility, Justice and non-human animals, Population and justice, Political theory, Political philosophy, Justice and environment, Parental duties
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Thursday 9-11 (semester time only; email for an appointment at other times)
Note: Elizabeth works a compressed week and is not generally available on Fridays.
1999: BA Hons in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Johns College, Oxford University)
2005: MPhil in Philosophy (University College London)
2008: PhD in Philosophy (University College London)
Elizabeth took her first degree in PPE at St John's College, Oxford. She spent four years as a journalist, primarily for the Financial Times Group, before returning to academia in 2003. She completed her PhD and held a part time lectureship in in political philosophy (2007-2008) at University College London.
Elizabeth joined Edinburgh University in 2008 on a fixed term lectureship in political theory, then held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship from 2009-2012.
Elizabeth's primary research interests are climate change ethics and justice, population justice, and parental duties. Her monograph, Climate Change and the Moral Agent, defends a weakly collective duty to organise to tackle global climate change, then outlines the implications for individual moral agents. She is currently exploring the intersect between population ethics and climate and global justice, and that between climate duties and parental obligations.
Her British Academy postdoctoral fellowship was for the project "Collective Action, Collective Responsibility and a New Environmental Ethics". Her PhD thesis, "Individuals, Society and the World: A Defence of Collective Environmental Duties", defended a collective duty to establish global level environmental institutions.
Climate Change and the Moral Agent: Individual Duties in an Interdependent World, Oxford University Press
"Do Parents Have A Special Duty To Mitigate Climate Change?", Politics, Philosophy & Economics (Online First)
"Justice, Integrity and Moral Community: Do parents owe it to their children to bring them up as good global climate citizens?", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 117 (1): 41-59
"Population, Climate Change, and Global Justice: A Moral Framework for Debate", Journal of Population and Sustainability 1 (2): 23-36
“Climate Change, Population, and Justice: Hard Choices to Avoid Tragic Choices”, Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric 8 (2): 1-22
"Population and Environment: The Impossible, the Impermissible, and the Imperative", Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson eds. Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press)
"Climate Change, Collective Harm and Legitimate Coercion", Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 171-193. Reprinted in: Gideon Calder and Catriona McKinnon eds. Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (London: Routledge, 2011)
"Collectivities without Intention", Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (1): 1-20
"Saving the Polar Bear, Saving the World: Can the Capabilities Approach do Justice to Humans, Animals and Ecosystems?", Res Publica 16 (1): 1-22
“On Climate Matters: Offsetting, Population, & Justice", Midwest Studies in Philosophy. Symposium on John Broome: Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (London & New York: Norton, 2012).
"Where We Are Now: Climate Ethics and Future Challenges", Review Essay, Climate Law 2: 117-133
Review of Adrian Armstrong: Ethics and Justice for the Environment (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), Environmental Politics 22 (6): 1055-1057
Review of Clare Palmer: Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), Environmental Values 21 (2): 238-240
Review of Tim Mulgan: Ethics for a Broken World (Durham: Acumen, 2011, The Philosophers' Magazine 56: 108-109
Elizabeth's principal teaching field is political philosophy/political theory. She is co-director of the MSc programme Global Environment, Politics and Society and convenes and teaches the MSc course Climate Change, Justice and Responsibility, as well as contributing to a number of other political theory or sustainable development courses, at all levels.
Topics interested in supervising
Liz welcomes enquiries from potential PhD candidates in climate change ethics or justice, duties to non-human animals, population ethics, or parental duties. For more on why to do a PhD in political philosophy in Edinburgh PIR, please see Edinburgh PhD in Political Theory.
If you are interested in being supervised by Elizabeth Cripps, please see the links below for more information: