School of Social and Political Science

Joseph Conrad

Job Title

PhD title: Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent

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City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Background

My research investigates corporate moral, institutional, and political 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 social institutions. The aim of my research is to further develop the climate change ethics debate. While normative theory has widely discussed state and individual responsibility in climate change, the responsibilities of other collective actors, specifically corporations, have largely been overlooked. However, the omission of corporations in climate justice has severe repercussions since their actions substantially contribute to climate change.

Supervisors

Dr Elizabeth Cripps & Dr Philip Cook

Memberships

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

Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group

Education

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

Awards

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

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

Papers and presentations

2021 "Corporate Responsibility Beyond Colletive Moral Responsibility and Individual Role Responsibility", presentation to CRE's 3rd annual student conference, Centre for Research on Ethics (CRE), Montreal

2021 "Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent", presentation to HKU Legal and Political Theory Postgraduate Conference, The University of Hong Kong

2021 "The Corporation as a Social Fact and as a Social Group: Ontological Conceptions of Corporations, Corporate Moral Agency and Responsibility", paper presented at Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh

2020 "Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent", presentation to Oslo-Edinburgh Joint PIR PhD Workshop, University of Edinburgh

Teaching

2021 Political Thinkers, Tutor

2020 Morality and Value, Tutor

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

Research interests

Research themes

Research interests

Climate justice, corporate ethics, collective agency, social ontology, political theory, moral philosophy, environmental ethics, sustainability