School of Social and Political Science

Talia Shoval

Job Title

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

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Research interests

Research interests

| normative political theory | moral philosophy | applied ethics | environmental ethics, philosophy & politics | just war theory | ethics of violence |


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 explore the ethical relations between human beings and the nonhuman environment in the context of war and armed conflict. As part of this endeavour, I employ critical, nonanthropocentric perspectives to radically rethink the tenets of Just War Theory.


Dr Elizabeth Cripps

Professor Mathias Thaler

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group (2019-present)

Graduate Fellow of CRITIQUE - Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought (2019-present)

Co-founder of Critique's Environmental Working Group (2020-present)

Advanced Fellow of the Edinburgh Earth Initiative (2022-present)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Education & Qualifications

PhD, Politics (Political Theory), University of Edinburgh (2019-present)

M.A., Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), Tel-Aviv University (2016-2018)

Exchange Programme, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Venice International University (2013)

B.A., Political Science and Communication (Magna Cum Laude), Tel-Aviv University (2011-2014)

Awards & Scholarships

Nomination for the EUSA Teaching Award in the category of 'Tutor of the Year' (2021)

Alice Brown PhD Scholarship (2020-2024)

Excellence Scholarship (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University (2018)

M.A. Tuition Scholarship (M.A. Political Science), Tel-Aviv University (2016-2018)

Dean's list (B.A. Political Science & Communication), Tel-Aviv University (2012)

Conferences, Seminars & Talks

‘Should We Fight for Nature?', Political Theory Research Group (2023, University of Edinburgh).

'In Defence of Nature: Towards a Posthumanist Just War Theory’, Political Studies Association Conference (2023, Liverpool).

‘Should We Fight for Nature? Posthumanist Politics and the Ethics of Environmental Resistance’, Political Studies Association Conference (2023, Liverpool).

'In Defence of Nature: Towards a Posthumanist Just War Theory’, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory (2023, University of Warwick).

’Is Nature a Noncombatant? On the Nonhuman Casualties of Warfare and the Principle of Environmental Immunity', Association for Political Theory Conference (2022, Houston).

'Defending the Nonhuman Casualties of Warfare: Towards a Posthumanist Just War Theory and a Principle of Environmental Immunity', Leeds Graduate Conference in Political Theory (2022, University of Leeds).

'Is Nature a Noncombatant?...', International Society for Environmental Ethics Annual Meeting (2022, Turku).

'Is Nature a Noncombatant?...', International Association for Military Ethics in Europe Conference (2022, Budapest).

'Is Nature a Noncombatant?...', Brave New World Graduate Conference, Mancept (2022, University of Manchester)

'Is Nature a Noncombatant?...', University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2022, Online).

'Environmental Immunity', Political Theory Research Group, Edinburgh University (2022, Online).

'Environmentalising Learning & Teaching: An Exploratory Journey into Pedagogy on a Collapsing Planet' (with Grace Garland and Joseph Conrad), Learning & Teaching Conference (2022, Edinburgh University). 

'Environmental Resistance: Should We Fight for Nature?', Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (2021, Online).

'In Defence of Nature: Environmental Just Causes for the Use of Force', Political Theory Research Group, Edinburgh University (2020, Online).

Commentary on Professor Dale Jamieson's lecture: 'the Misunderstood Risks of Climate Change', the Joint Royal Society of Edinburgh/Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lecture (2020, Online).

'The Nature of War: Incorporating Environmental Ethics in the Ethics of War', Mancept Workshop on Just War in an Unjust World (2020, Online).

'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 (2020, Online).

'Environmental Ethics in Just War Theory', International Association for Military Ethics in Europe Conference ( 2019, Vienna).

Teaching Experience

Tutor, 'Political Thinkers' (PIR), University of Edinburgh (2021, 2022, 2023).

Tutor, 'Theories of International Relations' (PIR), University of Edinburgh (2022)

Tutor, 'Morality and Value' (Philosophy), University of Edinburgh (2022)

Tutor, 'Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment' (Philosophy), University of Edinburgh (2021).

Tutor, 'Introduction to Politics and International Relations' (PIR), University of Edinburgh (2020).

Teaching Assistant, 'Dilemmas in Modern Warfare', Tel-Aviv University (2018-2019).

Lecturer, 'Introduction to Political Theory', Unit for Science Oriented Youth, Tel-Aviv University (2018-2019).

Tutor, 'Contemporary Political Thought', Tel-Aviv University (2017-2019).

Tutor, 'The Israeli Political Regime', Tel-Aviv University (2016-2019).

Tutor, 'Introduction to International Relations', Tel-Aviv University (2016-2017).

Other Work Experience


Administrative Assistant to Dr Mihaela Mihai. Edinburgh Earth Initiative (2023).

Research Assistant to Professor Tobias Kelly on a project on environmental degradation and violence. Edinburgh Earth Initiative (2022).

Senior Editor of Strife, Department of War Studies, King's College London (2020-2021).

Research Assistant to 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 (2018-2019). 

Member of Editorial Board, 'The Public Sphere Journal', The School of Political Science, Government and International Relations, Tel-Aviv University (2017-2019).