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I am a philosopher at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, exploring the ethical challenge of ensuring the long-term future of humanity. These include: the ethics of global population change and the development of dual use technologies (such as geoengineering and artificial intelligence), securing an equitable distribution of global resources and protecting the interests of future generations.
BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Oxford
MSc Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics
PhD Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method, London School of Economics
Emma Butcher’s research investigates children’s experiences and responses to war in the nineteenth century. This includes the writings of the Brontës, who collaborated on fantastical war stories that reanimated war in a post-Waterloo age. Using children’s own voices through stories, journals and letters, she will tell original, alternative histories of war.
BA (First Class Hons) in English Literature at Brunel University
MA (Distinction) in English Literature at Brunel University
PhD in English Literature, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, University of Hull
My research focuses on the effects of arts participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the use of the arts within clinical settings and the psychosocial impact of cultural engagement at a public health level. I have worked with the NHS for a number of years, investigating the effects of arts interventions on specific health conditions.
MA (Oxon) Music, University of Oxford
MMus Musicology, Kings College, University of London
PhD Psychoneuroimmunology, University College London
My research focuses on youth crime and youth justice, especially in a global context. I examine gangs and subcultures, place and space, and urban subcultures. I am interested in oral history, ethnography, and the use of digital and qualitative methods in research. Having worked at various institutions around the world including the University of Hong Kong, I have significant expertise in Asian criminology.
LLB Law, University of Glasgow
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford
My research explores the role of fluids in medieval literature for women, who were believed to have excessively liquid bodies. I look especially at Passion Meditations – late-medieval Christian texts that encourage readers to imagine themselves present at Christ’s crucifixion. I’m interested in how fluids are used to enhance this immersive experience, and to forge an emotional connection between reader and Christ.
BA in English Literature at University of Cambridge (Newnham College)
MPhil in Medieval Literature at University of Cambridge (Newnham College)
PhD: Queen Mary University of Water, exploring the role of water in late-medieval religious writings
My research focuses on the cultural reception of Renaissance and Early Modern literature in the Arab-Muslim world. I translate texts into Arabic as well as study texts in translation, and my work touches on a number of disciplines including visual art, cultural studies, music, politics, sociology, and theology. I also led a project examining Muslims in World War One at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, where I curated the first exhibition devoted to the topic.
BA English, University of Birmingham
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Birmingham City University
I look at political culture and ideas in the Renaissance, especially in the Tudor and Stuart Courts from the end of the Wars of the Roses to the English Civil War. In particular, I’m interested in techniques for influencing those in power, through advice, satire, or the ‘leaking’ of private documents. I’ve written on the work of figures such as Thomas more, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and Hobbes.
BA History and Political Studies, Queen’s University
My research focuses on the idea of trust, examining both the theory and practicalities of trust. I also work on questions raised by information and computing technologies, and military ethics. My doctoral research explored the role of trust on the internet, addressing how it can be restored or enhanced. I also served as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for five years.