Who we are

We are a group of academics who work across issues of global ethics. We are distinctive in that we prioritise multidisciplinary and collaborative work and are committed to real-world engagement and practical change. To this end, we work beyond academia in many contexts and frequently hold events for non-specialists, practitioners and the public.

Core staff

Herjeet Marway

Lecturer in Global Ethics
Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics
Herjeet Marway is a Lecturer in Global Ethics. She works on relational autonomy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, and global bioethics. Most recently she has published on genetic selection of embryos for fair skin, which bring together her interests in race and bioethics, and she is currently working on papers on a spectrum of relational autonomy, procreative justice and non-disease traits, and gender and extremism. She has co-edited Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators (with Heather Widdows), and published articles on relational autonomy migration and health, various topics in bioethics and female suicide bombers (2011, 2015). Herjeet has been invited to speak on public panels including on terrorism and ethics, human trafficking, and race and beauty, and has worked with established and emerging artists on conceptions of autonomy and freedom at the MAC, Birmingham. Herjeet is keen to collaborate on all aspects of her work, especially on extremism, race and gender.   


Wouter PeetersWouter Peeters

Lecturer in Global Ethics
Wouter's main research interests include global justice, environmental sustainability and the ethics and politics of climate change. He is particularly interested in collaborating on projects in any area of global justice or environmental sustainability that would benefit from the contribution of an ethical perspective. Wouter has published a number of articles on these issues, as well as a book on Climate change and individual Responsibility: Agency, Moral Disengagement and the Motivational Gap.


Merten ReglitzMerten Reglitz

Lecturer in Global Ethics
Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics
Merten Reglitz is Lecturer in Global Ethics at the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics. His main research interests include global distributive justice, egalitarianism, socio-economic justice, political legitimacy, and Kant’s political theory. He is currently working on questions of distributive justice in the Eurozone and the idea of internet access as a human right. Merten is also currently collaborating with Wouter Peeters on the application for an AHRC Network that will investigate the question “Are we on the way to a post-liberal world?” He is particularly interested in collaborating on projects related to socio-economic inequality, global justice, and research on the internet. Merten’s articles on various topics have appeared in internationally-renowned peer-reviewed journals such as Utilitas, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, Res Publica, and Moral Philosophy & Politics


Heather WiddowsProfessor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
Head of Research (School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion)
Heather is particularly committed to public engagement and work with policy makers. As such she has served as a member of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2007-2013), the Philosophy REF-panel (2013-2014) and she is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She has run multidisciplinary grants on Property Regulation in European Science, Ethics and Law and the ethics and governance of human tissue. She has collaborated on grants on terrorism, trust and beauty, and is interested in collaboration in any of her areas of interest, particularly but not exclusively, on issues of global health and gender justice. Heather's current work focuses on beauty ethics, particularly the increasing demands of beauty. Her forthcoming book is Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (Princeton University Press) and she co-runs the Beauty Demands blog.

Jeremy Williams

Birmingham Fellow in Global Ethics
Jeremy's interests are in bioethics, political philosophy, and the ways in which they meet. His previous work has addressed bioethical questions including abortion, sex selection, the ethics of causing people to exist, and how to assign rights to, and resolve conflicts over, human embryos. Jeremy's current work focuses on how we ought to talk about complex bioethical questions like these, and justify our favoured policies to each other, in a liberal democracy where we deeply disagree about foundational matters of religion and morality. In addition to academic publications on these issues, he has experience in packaging these ideas for, and debating them with, medical professionals, schoolchildren, and other audiences beyond philosophy. Jeremy would welcome opportunities for collaboration on subjects relating to my expertise.

Departmental associates

University associates

External members

  • Bob Brecher, Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE), University of Brighton
  • Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland
  • Simon Caney, Professor of Political Theory,  University of Oxford
  • Chris Finlay (Durham University)
  • Matthew Hilton,Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences) Queen Mary University of London
  • John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham
  • Matteo Mameli, Reader in Philosophy, King's College London
  • Darrel Moellendorf, Professor of International Political Theory, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
  • Sigrid Sterckx, Professor of Global Ethics, University of Ghent
  • Jo Swaffield, Dr, Department of Politics, University of Newcastle
  • Michael Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Social Theology, University of Birmingham