A public debate: Addiction – should we penalise or treat?

19 February 2010

8 April 2010, 6.30-8.00

Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

This public event will bring together specialists from different fields to discuss addiction. The panel members are:

Dr Nick Airey, an NHS psychiatrist specialising in addiction

Dr Giles Pearson, Philosophy, University of Bristol

Prof Moira Plant, Co-Director, Alcohol and Health Research Unit, UWE

Dr Jonathan Webber, Philosophy, Cardiff University

Chair: Dr Julian Baggini, editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine

The event is free of charge but booking is essential. To book a place email: havi.carel@uwe.ac.uk

The event is organised by Dr Havi Carel, Philosophy, UWE and is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is part of an AHRC-funded research network. More information on the network here.


Radio: Taking a Stand on financial incentives for long-term contraception and sterilisation

9 February 2010

BBC Radio 4, Tuesday 9 February, 9am or 9.30pm, available indefinitely via the iPlayer.

“Fergal Keane talks to Barbara Harris, whose organisation pays drug- and alcohol-addicted women to take long-term contraception.

Barbara’s experience of fostering babies born to those addicted to drugs and alcohol led her to one conclusion: that these women should be offered financial inducement to be sterilised, or given long-term contraception to stop them having children they are unable to care for. Founded over a decade ago in the United States, her organisation, Project Prevention, has so far made payments to over 3,000 women.”

PhD Scholarship: Agency and addiction

12 January 2010

Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney

The scholarship is associated with Prof. Jeanette Kennett’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘Addiction, moral identity and moral agency: Integrating theoretical and empirical approaches’. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of the project but especially in testing and refining philosophical accounts of the elements of moral agency and the effects of addiction on agency, character, self-control and responsibility against the findings and predictions of addiction neuroscience, and our own empirical study of users.

The successful applicant will be based at Macquarie University in the Philosophy Department and in association with the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Centre for Research in Social Inclusion.

The scholarship is available to domestic and international applicants who have an Australian Bachelor degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline as defined in the project description.

The scholarship offers a tax-free stipend at $22,500 (indexed annually) for a period of 3.5 years (subject to satisfactory progress).

Cotutelle and joint PhD candidature supervision arrangements are possible, especially (but not only) with partner universities in France, Germany and the UK.

The successful applicant will be able to take up their scholarship and commence their studies as soon they have satisfied the admission requirements of Macquarie University.

Enquiries can be directed to Jeanette Kennett: jeanette.kennett@mq.edu.au

Closing date for applications: Friday, 26 February 2010

Application form here.

Applications should be forwarded to:

The Scholarship Officer
Higher Degree Research Office
The Research Hub
Level 3, C5C East
Macquarie University NSW 2109