UEA Ethics Forum UEA Ethics Forum

This interdisciplinary group was founded in 2015 to support research on ethics across the University. The groups members are based in all faculties and work on ethics from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The group aims to encourage high quality research on ethics through a series of regular seminars and talks, and an annual symposium.

For further information or to join the group, please contact one of the co-Chairs, Joanna Drugan or Michael Frazer.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding and support of the Norwich Business School Responsible Business initiative.

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Tola Amodu - Lecturer in Law - LAW

Dr Tola Amodu joined the Law School in 2015, having previously completed her Doctorate (public law and regulation) and further research at the LSE in regulatory theory and practice where she was affiliated to the LSE's ESRC Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, especially the intersection of law and the social sciences and is also a qualified solicitor (non-practising)

Zografia Bika NBS

Zografia Bika holds the Chair of the NBS Research Ethics Committee. With a background in sociology, her research interests focus on rural, family and institutional entrepreneurship issues, and social innovation. How to make the economy work for everyone  is her key ethical stance. She has published in various journals including 'Entrepreneurship and Regional Development', 'Regional Studies', 'Environmental Planning A', 'Sociological  Review' and 'Sociologia Ruralis'. Her family business research has been supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.  Her llatest work focuses on how to  inspire economically inactive residents living in social housing  neighbourhoods to start micro enterprises and get jobs and has attracted substantial European Regional Development Funding.

Alexander Brown PPL

Alexander Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. His research interests span political philosophy, applied ethics and normative jurisprudence. He has published articles on ethics in sport, exploitation, fairness in education, free speech and hate speech regulation, economic justice and personal responsibility.

He is also the author of Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015), Ronald Dworkins's Theory of Equality: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2009) and Personal Responsibility: Why it Matters (Continuum, 2009).

Ricardo de Santana  - Senior Lecturer in Accounting  - NBS

Dr Ricardo Malagueno de Santana is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Norwich Business School (NBS). He is particularly interested in issues of performance management and control, unethical behaviour, and ethical decision making among public sector auditors/accountants. He has supervised research projects in the areas of procurement fraud, ethics and accounting, and behavioural implications of performance management systems. Ricardo has published his research in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics.

Joanna Drugan  - Senior Lecturer in Applied Translation  - PPL 

                             - Co-Chair, UEA Ethics Forum

Dr Joanna Drugan is Senior Lecturer in Applied Translation based in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Her research focuses on the translation industry, particularly the impact of globalisation and computer-assisted translation tools on professional practice, and ethics in interpreting and translation. She is Principle Investigator for the ESRC/AHRC -funded Transnational Organised Crime and Translation |(TOCAT) project.

Elizabeth Errington - Senior Research Associate - PPL

Elizabeth Errington is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Competition Policy and member of the 3S (Science, Society and Sustainability) Research Group. Her research uses a critical policy lens to analyse institutions, particularly regulators, that develop energy policy in GB. Elizabeth is part of an interdisciplinary group looking to develop a research agenda on ethics within regulatory institutions and their iinteraction with the traditional challenges of accountability to publics.

Jenny Fairbrass - Senior Lecturer in Business and Management: Undergraduate Programme Director, Norwich Business School (NBS)

Dr Jenny Fairbrass is a political scientist whose research focuses on public policy making in the fields of sustainability, environmental policy, climate change, energy [policy, corporate social responsibility and business ethics, particularly with regards to the European Union]. Over the past two decades, Jenny has written and published a substantial number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Recent articles include Beddewela and Fairbrass (2016), "Seeking Legitimacy through CSR: Institutional Pressures and Corporate Responses of Multinationals in Sri Lanka" and Fairbrass and Zueva Owens (2012), " Conceptualising Corporate Social Responsibility: 'Relational governance' assessed, augmented, and adapted' - both in the Journal of Business Ethics. Current book projects include two volumes: one focused on European Energy  Policy and the second concerning the 'Green Economy'.

Roberta Fida -  Associate Professor in Work Psychology - NBS

Roberta Fida is Associate Professor in Work Psychology at the Norwich Business School. Roberta's main research interests are related to the understanding of unethical behaviours at work and how to prevent them. She has conducted several funded cross-sectional and longitudinal research projects in both Italy and the UK. Roberta has also undertaken research projects in the health-care system with the aim of understanding the implication of workplace aggression on safety culture. Roberta has published more than 70 papers in scientific journals including the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Vocational Behaviour.    

Eugen Fischer - Reader in Philosophy - PPL

Dr Eugen Fischer is a Reader in Philosophy in the School of Politics,Philosophy, Languages and Communications Studies at the University of East Anglia. The bulk of his research is in philosophy of philosophy and in experimental philosophy. His current research examines how automatic cognition shapes philosophical thought. He is particularly interested  in how processes of analogical and stereotypical inference shape philosophical paradoxes and problems. He is also interested in questions from communication ethics that arise from the power of stereotypes. His books include Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy (New York: Routledge, 2011,p/b 2013) and (co-ed) Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism. A recent paper (with psycholinguist  Paul Engelhardt) is "Stereotypical inferences: Philosophical relevance and psycholinguistic toolkit" (Ratio, 2017)

Michael Frazer - Lecturer in Political and Social Theory - PPL

Dr Michael L. Frazer is a Lecturer in Political and Social Theory at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on canonical moral and political philosophy, with a focus on its relevance for contemporary ethics, normative political theory, and the philosophy of social science.He is the author of "The Enlightenment of Sympathy: Justice and the Moral Sentiments of the Eighteenth Century and Today" (Oxford University Press, 2010), as well as many shorter works. Dr Frazer received his BA from Yale University, his PhD from Princeton, and has previously held positions at Brown and Harvard. He is currently working on a project on the centrality of research ethics to the philosophy of social science.

Alexandria J  Innes - Lecturer in International Relations - PPL

Dr Alexandria Innes is a lecturer in International Relations in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has published on the politics of asylum in Europe and the security aspects of migration towards Europe, including work in Security Dialogue, International Relations, Global Society, Geopolitics and Journal of Contemporary  European Studies. Her research uses ethnographic, narrative, discursive and participatory action research methods and she is particularly interested in the lived experience of migration towards Europe. She is interested in activist and participatory research ethics. Alexandria is the author of Migration, Citizenship and the challenge for Security: An ethnographic approach (London: Palgrave, 2015).

Gareth Jones - Hon. Lecturer in Philosophy - PPL

Since competing a PhD in Philosophy in 2009, Gareth Jones has worked with postgraduate students, principally assisting in the supervision of PhD candidates on topics including Murdoch's ethics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. Before joining the University, he worked in information technology, governance, and general management for three multi-national companies. Gareth is interested in the, often hidden, foundational assumptions of particular ethical positions, as well as the impact of specific assumptions and knowledge about the nature of the mind on ethical stances, and issues associated with 4th industrial revolution technology.

Peter Jordan - Lecturer in Social Work - School of Social Work

Peter Jordan has been a Lecturer in Social Work  at UEA since 2009. Before joining the University, he worked as a social worker with children and families Peter has an interest in ethics in professional life and has taught and written about this subject . His PhD research considered the ethical decision making with child protection work by Health Visitors and Social Workers.

Oskari Kuusela - Senior Lecturer in Philosophy - PPL

Oskari Kuusela works on various aspects of philosophy, including philosophical methodology and the philosophy of logic. Currently he is engaged in a research project concerning the unity of good. He is the author of The Struggle against Dogmatism (Harvard UP2008), Key Terms in Ethics (Continuum 2010), and Logic as the Method of Philosophy:Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Logic in Relation to Russell, Frege, Carnap and Others (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Wittgenstein and his Interpreters (Blackwell-Wiley 2007, paperback 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Wittenstein (Oxford UP 2011, paperback 2014), and Wittgenstein and Phenomenology (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017), and Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein (Routledge).

Matthew Lariviere -  PhD student - Health Sciences

Matthew Lariviere is a medical anthropologist who is currently a PhD student based in the School of Health Sciences. His thesis is an ethnography drawing on fieldwork with people with dementia and their informal carers in England living at home for examining how they variously constitute, reconfigure, and conflate care practices through mundane and assistive or telecare technologies.  Matthew is broadly interested in exploring cross-cultural, understandings of care, memory (loss), ageing, and health technologies and the ethical and social implications of how they are multiplied, conceptualised and enacted in everyday life. 

Raphael Markellos - Professor of Finance, Director of Research - NBS

Professor Raphael Markellos holds the Chair in Finance at Norwich Business School where he is also Director of Research. Some of the research projects that he is currently involved in are related to environmental finance, non pecuniary investor benefits, shadow economic activity and corruption, economic drivers of safety, online review manipulation, and, the effect of ethics on corporate risk. He has an interest in using role playing, paintings, case studies and games in teaching ethical aspects of Finance. He sits on the board of the Norwich Financial Industry Group (FIG), the trade association for the financial and professional services sector in our region.

Silvia Panizza - Associate Tutor - MED/PPL

Silvia Panizza teaches Ethics at the Norwich Medical School and Philosophy at ARU Cambridge. She received her PhD in 2016 from UEA with a thesis exploring the moral relevance of attention in Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil.Her research focuses on moral realism, stressing the moral role of perception and character as opposed to principles. She is currently also developing her research in the areas of animal ethics and the ethics of literature and film.  Her public engagement activities include events and talks on the ethics of the human use of animals, and she sits on the UEA AWERB panel.

Bridget Penhale - Reader in Mental Health - Health Sciences

Bridget Penhale is a Reader in Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences. With a background in psychology, Bridget is a social worker by profession and has undertaken both research and consultancies on violence and abuse against vulnerable adults, including acting as consultant to the World Health Organisation and attending United Nations Expert Group meetings. She is a national expert in the field safeguarding adults and is internationally recognised for her work on elder abuse. Bridget has written on decision making and mentally incapacitated adults, social work and older people and extensively on elder abuse; this has included a number of publications relating to ethical issues. She has significant experience of Research Ethics Committees and her teaching portfolio includes sessions on Professional (Health and Social Care) ethics and Research ethics on sensitive issues. She is currently Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC).

Gabrina Pounds  - Senior Lecturer/LCS PGR Director - PPL

Dr Gabrina Pounds is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (Discourse Analysis) at the University of East Anglia. Her research interests include: Attitudinal expression, subjectivity and emotion in news discourse and the communication of empathy and patient-centredness in medical consultations and other professional exchanges. She has published on these topics in Text and Talk, the Journal of Applied Linguistics, Communication and Medicine, Context, Discourse and Media among others. She has developed a new linguistic framework for the study of empathy and person centredness, which was used to design a new empathy entry test for applicants to Norwich Medical School (now in use) in collaboration with MED colleagues. In her current Impact Case Study (Pro-care) she is pursuing further applications of the framework in educational and professional contexts.

Anna Robinson Pant - Professor of Education - EDU

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education and holds the UNESCO Chair for Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. She was previously based for around ten years in South Asia (particularly Nepal), as a teacher educator, educational planner and conducting research with various development agencies. Her interest in research ethics from an intercultural perspective emerged from these experiences and from research with international doctoral students at UEA. Publications exploring these issues include: Cross cultural perspectives on Educational Research (2005, Open University Press), a Special Issue of Compare: a journal of comparative and international education (Vol 43/4 July 2013) on 'Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice', which includes  'Research ethics in comparative and international education: reflections from anthropology and health' (co-authored with Nidhi Singal) and a Routledge Handbook on Researching Across Languages and Cultures: a guide to doing research interculturally, with Alain Wolf (PPL). Anna is interested  in the geopolitics of academic writing (including issues around ethics, ownership and voice) and as Editor of Compare (from 2005-2010) set up an academic writing programme for scholars from the South which is ongoing.

Rupert Read  - Reader in Philosophy - PPL

Rupert Read is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and a former Head of Department there. A specialist in Wittgenstein, he studied principally at Oxford and Rutgers, and was Cora Diamond's student at Princeton.  His books include Philosophy for Life (Continuum, 2007) and There is no such thing as a social science (Ashgate, 2008). His key research interests are in Wittgenstein, environmental and political philosophy, and philosophy of film.  His interest in environmental  ethics/economics has included his co-authored article with Tom Greaves, "Where value resides", publishing on the problems of 'natural capital' valuations of nature, as well as pioneering work on the Precautionary Principle.Recently, his work informed plaintives in a successful case brought to the Supreme Court of the Phillipines resulting in their landmark decision to ban the cultivation of GM vegetables. Rupert is lalso chair of the UK-based post-growth think tank, green House, and is a former Green Party of England and Wales councillor, spokesperson, European parliamentary candidate and a national parliamentary candidate.

Peter Simmonds - Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Research - ENV

Peter Simmonds is Senior Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences. He is a social scientist and his research focuses mainly on aspects of risk, including the experience and management of situated risk associated with both technological and natural hazards. He is co-investigator  on a large NERC/ESRC-funded interdisciplinary project on Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas (Streva), led from UEA, which involves partners from several UK universities and in the Caribbean, Columbia and Ecuador.  Other research has focused mainly on the nuclear sector, in particular on issues associated with radioactive waste management (RWM). He is co-investigator for an ESRC seminar series on RWM, Nuclear Futures.

Georgina Sosa - PhD Candidate/Midwife

Georgina Sousa is a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia exploring midwifery one-to-one support in labour. Her interest regarding ethics has developed through her research and interest to safeguard women and girls against female genital mutilation (FGM). Georgina is an FGM specialist midwife. In 1999, she opened an African well woman clinic at the Whittington Hospital in London for women who FGM and completed research for an MSc concerning midwives' perceptions of FGM. Georgina has published a paper concerning her experiences caring for women with FGM in the Midwifery Journal 'Midirs'. For twenty years she has educated and supported women , health professionals, health visitors, social workers, teachers and charity workers about FGM.