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I studied for a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, obtaining it in October 2007.  My work then was in metaethics, looking at value and reasons for action in the context of wider issues about objectivity in ethics.  My thesis was entitled Reasons, Value and Objectivity.  Since then, I have continued to carry out research, firstly as a visiting research fellow with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and latterly as an honorary research fellow at the Inderdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre, also at Leeds, where I also do some teaching on applied ethics.  The main focus of my recent work has been on the nature of well-being and of prudential value and their relationship to each other; and on well-being in the context of public policy.  Particular interests in this latter category include the prospects for consensus on well-being; various issues regarding the measurement of well-being; and well-being in the context of intellectual property law.   Other interests include:  reasons for action and their relation to value; areas of philosophy of mind relevant to well-being : e.g. the nature of desire and pleasure; realism/antirealism/relativism in ethics and philosophy of religion.


There is a link to my page on, where some of my papers can be downloaded, here.




Book:                Knowing what is Good for you:  a Theory of Prudential Value and Well-Being, Palgrave 

                          Macmillan, 2012.  (See Books)     


Articles, etc:   Intellectual Property Rights and Well-being: A Methodological Approach (with Estelle

                         Derclaye). In Calboli, I and Montagnani, M. L. (eds.), Handbook of Intellectual Property

                         Research, Oxford University Press, 2021.  

                         (with Joshanloo M, Jovanović V) A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and

                         well-being at country level: Data-driven explorations. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0223221. (2019)                                


                         "The Proper Role for Wellbeing in Public Policy: Towards a Pluralist, Pragmatic,

                         Theory-Neutral approach", in Bache, I. and Scott, K. (eds.), The Politics of Wellbeing: Theory,

                         Policy and Practice, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

                         Review of Paul Anand’s Happiness explained. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and

                        EconomicsVolume 9, Issue 2, 2016


                         "The markers of Wellbeing: A Basis for a Theory-neutral Approach".  International               

                         Journal  of  Wellbeing, 5(2), 75-90, 2015.


                         "Happy IP: Replacing the law and economics justification for intellectual property rights with

                         a well-being approach" (with Estelle Derclaye)

                         European Intellectual Property Review 37(4), 197-209 (2015).                       


                        "Happy IP: Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with well-being" (with Estelle Derclaye)

                         Intellectual Property Quarterly Issue 1 2015.


                        “Towards Consensus on Well-being”, in Søraker, J.H., van der Rijt, J, de Boer,  J.,  Wong, P

                         and Brey, P. (eds), Well-being in Contemporary Society, Cham: Springer, 2014. 



                        "Adaptation and the Measurement of Well-being", Ethics and Social Welfare Vol 8 no 3 (2014).


                        “Well-being and Prudential Value”, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly Vol 31 No. 2 (2013).


                        “Does Pleasure have Intrinsic Value?”, Journal of Value Inquiry Vol 44 no 3 (Sept 2010)


                        “Desire and the Future”, Philosophy Pathways 151 (2010)


                        “In Praise of Open-Mindedness: A Defence of Agnosticism against Dawkins' criticisms”,

                        Philosophy Pathways 144 (2009).


As Editor:       Philosophy Pathways Issue 187 (Sept 2014)




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