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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Current Research Students

Our research students join our research community through membership of one of our research clusters or the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society. The lists below show our current students grouped by research area.

History of Philosophy, Science/Religion

Name Start
Supervisor Research Areas
Wang, Can 2018 Prof. Matthew Eddy History of Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Intellectual History of Fear

Aesthetics, Ethics, Environmental and Economic Philosophy and Politics

Name Start Year Supervisor Research Areas

Berwin, Bradley

2018 Dr. Simon James

Animal Ethics

Betinsky, Jakub

2017 Dr. Ben Smith

Ethics (moral realism), Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy (virtue ethics), Fact/value Dichotomy, Philosophy of Action, Elizabeth Anscombe, Bernard Williams, Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosophy of language/mind)

Brown, Jasmine

2016 Dr. Ben Smith

Ethics of Care

Brown, Walter

2012 Prof. Geoffrey Scarre

Moral Philosophy

Dearlove, Laura

2012 Dr. Schellekens

Aesthetics; the consequences of contemporary technology on popular art

Jacob, Salomé

2014 Prof. Andy Hamilton & Dr. Clare MacCumhaill

Philosophy of mind and philosophy of music

Main, Ruby

2019 Prof. Andy Hamilton & Dr. Ben Smith

The other side of the limit: The changing Conception on ‘nonsense’ in Wittgenstein’s early and later work

Marlow-Stevens, Elliot

2018 Prof. Andy Hamilton

Aesthetics of 20th Century Music

Stuart, Richard

2016 Prof. Geoffrey Scarre

Philosophy - The Foundations of Ethics

Sullivan Carr, Aoife

2019 Prof. Geoffrey Scarre & Dr Joe Saunders

Moral Philosophy, Ethics and Philosophy of Violence

Applied Phenomenology

Student Start Year Supervisor Research Areas

Fernandez, Anthony

2015 Dr. Simon James

phenomenology and philosophy of science

Large, Lee

2014 Dr. Sylvie Gambaudo

Researching the reproduction of transgender identities in the context of medicalized narratives

Notess, Susan

2017 Dr. Benedict Smith

Ethics and social epistemology, philosophy of listening

Shannon, Nathan

2012 Dr. Simon James

Moral phenomenology


Name Start Year Supervisor Research Areas

Elliott, Alex

2016 Prof. Nancy Cartwright

Pluralism and realism in the philosophy of science

Fonseca, Alexandre

2017 Prof. Julian Reiss

Philosophy of Economics / Social Sciences

Munslow, Tamlyn

2016 Prof. Nancy Cartwright

Evidence Based Policy

Williams, Richard

2016 Prof. Julian Reiss

Political philosophy and metaphysics

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Name Start Year Supervisor Research Areas

Dunn, Rachel

2009 Dr. Matthew Eddy

Seeing and Believing: John Dalton and the Visual Culture of Experimental Science in British Dissenting Academies, 1770-1820

El-Mawas, Omar

2018 Dr. Peter Vickers & Professor Nancy Cartwright

History and Philosophy of Science

Lauman-Lairson, Jessica

2018 Dr. Sara Uckelman

Logic or Philosophy of Science

Malik, Uzma

2018 Dr. Wendy Parker

Philosophy and Climate Science, Philosophy of Science

Moses, Abigail

2019 Dr. Ben Smith & Dr. Kathy Puddifoot

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Sediva, Lenka

2017 Dr. Matthew Eddy

Visual Culture - History and philosophy of science and medicine

Shepherd, John

2019 Dr. Matthew Eddy & Prof. Holger Maehle

The history of American criminological science, and, more specifically, its interaction with clinical experimental approaches to child psychiatry and psychology from c1900 to 1940

Stoyanov, Rossen

2016 Dr. Peter Vickers

Philosophy and History of Science

Mind, Language and Metaphysics

Name Start Year Supervisor Research Areas

Aleksiev, Damjan

2019 Dr. Philip Goff

Philosophy of Mind, panpsychism, the transparency of phenomenal concepts, the powerful qualities view

Godfrey, Julie

2015 Dr. Matthew Tugby & Dr. Peter Vickers


Goz, Zekiye

2018 Dr. Sara Uckelman

The Possibility of Linguistic Creativity in Artificial Intelligence

Thomas, Andrew

2017 Dr. Sara Uckelman

Non-existence and intentionality

Zhang, Ruoyu

2014 Dr. Peter Vickers