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Dr Joanna Burch-Brown

Joanna Burch-Brown is a Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Bristol.  She is currently working on issues of contested heritage and public memory of slavery and colonialism.  She teaches practical ethics, including race and justice, environmental ethics, sustainable development, and Kantian ethics. She is a founding member of the University of Bristol Centre for Black Humanities, and academic coordinator for the University of Bristol Fulbright Summer Institute on 'Arts, Activism and Social Justice'.  She has active research collaborations with the Countering Colston campaign in Bristol, and with the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations.  Before coming to Bristol, she did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Oxford, and a PhD in Cambridge in the History and Philosophy of Science Department. She did her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, and in 2003 as a Compton Fellow she founded a therapeutic horticultural project in East London, which this year is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Research keywords

  • Ethics
  • Normative ethics
  • Practical ethics
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of economics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Ethics of peace and conflict.