School of Social and Political Science

Talia Shoval

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PhD title: The Nature of War: Incorporating Enironmental Ethics in the Ethics of War

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I am a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

My research project focuses on the interplay between environmental ethics and the ethics of war. I explore the ethical relations between humans beings and the non-human environment in the context of war and armed conflict. I argue that given anthropogenic climate change and ecological damage, as well as the environmental impacts of warfare, environmental concerns ought to be incorporated into the moral evaluation of violent conflict. As part of this endeavour, I examine the implications of incorporating moral concern to the other-than-human world to the rightful resort to, and conduct of, armed violence. My aim is to reassess and rethink the tenets of Just War Theory by using radical, non-anthropocentric perspectives in environmental ethics.


Dr Elizabeth Cripps

Dr Mathias Thaler


Graduate Fellow of CRITIQUE - Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought

Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group


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

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2021 - Nomination for the EUSA Teaching Award in the category of 'Tutor of the Year'
  • 2020 - Alice Brown PhD Scholarship (2020-2024)
  • 2018 - Excellence Scholarship (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University
  • 2016-2018 - M.A. Tuition Scholarship (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University
  • 2012 - Dean's list (B.A. Political Science & Communication), Tel-Aviv University

Conferences and Presentations

  • 2021 - "Environmental Resistance: Should We Fight for Nature?", Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Online).
  • 2020 - 'In Defence of Nature: Environmental Just Causes for the Use of Force', Political Theory Research Group, Edinburgh University (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), University of Edinburgh (Online).
  • 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 Warfare (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 to Dr Julie Cooper in her 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.

Research interests

Research interests

My research interests include political theory, moral philosophy and applied ethics. More specifically, I am interested in environmental ethics, ecojustice, eco-philosophy, critical political ecology and ecofeminism, as well as Just War theory and the philosophical issues surrounding violent conflicts.