School of Social and Political Science

Joseph Conrad

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

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My research investigates corporate 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, social institutions, and political actors. 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 make a significant difference in climate change.


Dr Elizabeth Cripps & Dr Philip Cook


Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group

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

Cofounder of CRITIQUE's Environmental Working 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

Summer school Causation and Responsibility (2021), University of Bern, focusing on the relationship between causation and moral responsibility

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


Award for the diffusion of research in ethics (2021), Center for Research on Ethics (CRE), Montreal

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

Papers and presentations

2021 The Corporation as a Social Fact and as a Social Group, paper presented at MANCEPT workshop "Political Theory of the Business Corporation", University of Manchester

2021 The Corporation as a Social Fact and as a Social Group (video), presentation to Social Ontology 2021, UC San Diego

2021 Climate Justice and the Corporation as a Moral Agent, paper presented at Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics (MGCE), LMU München

2021 Corporate Responsibility Beyond Collective Moral Responsibility and Individual Role Responsibility, presentation to CRE's 3rd annual student conference, Center 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


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

2021, 2020 Morality and Value, Tutor

2021 Political Thinkers, Tutor

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

Research interests

Research interests

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