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Mr Geoff Keeling

Mr Geoff Keeling

Mr Geoff Keeling

Assistant Teacher

Area of research

Decision Making in Autonomous Vehicle Collisions

Cotham House,
Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JL
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My PhD is about how driverless cars should allocate risks of harm between different people in collisions. I’m exploring how tools from decision and game theory can help us think about this problem. I’m also interested in some methodological disputes about how we can do applied ethics whilst being uncertain about which first-order normative ethical principles, if any, are true. I think that tools from decision theory might be able to help us there too.


I am an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. I am also the President of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association. I research decision-making in autonomous vehicle collisions. My supervisors are Prof. Richard Pettigrew (Bristol) and Prof. Brad Hooker (Reading). I am interested in moral and political philosophy, formal epistemology, decision and game theory, social choice, philosophy of science and legal philosophy. 

I completed my BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics in 2016. I received First Class Honours and the Andrea Mannu Prize for highest marks on my programme. After that, I moved to Bristol to read for an MA in Philosophy. I received Distinction in all components of the MA, and had the highest mark profile across all MA degrees administered by the Department of Philosophy. My thesis was called ‘Pareto Efficiency, Bayesian Efficiency and Justified Harm in Autonomous Vehicle Collisions’.


PHIL10014 Introduction to Formal Logic (2017, 2018)

PHIL10032 Logic and Critical Thinking (2018)

AFACM0016 Research Skills for MSc Migration and Mobility Studies (2018)


  • Ethics
  • Formal Epistemology
  • Decision and Game Theory
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Meta-Normativity
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Legal Philosophy



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