My name is pronounced ‘GAR-kay’.

I am a PhD candidate in Political Theory at Warwick (from September 2019). My research is on the ethics of risk. We often think that imposing harm (whether on others or on oneself) is wrong. But if imposing harm is wrong, does that mean imposing the risk of harm is also wrong? If so, what should be done about it? How much risk should we as a society be prepared to accept? I’m working on these kinds of questions in the context of earthquake risk management.

Additionally, I retain a philosophical interest in a number of other policy fields, such as global justice, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism, religion, indigenous rights, science and technology, natural hazards and the environment, media ethics and museum ethics.

I run a podcast called The Provocateur, which features interviews with leading emerging scholars and thinkers.

Here on HCommons, I administrate the groups on ‘Political Philosophy & Theory’ and ‘Global & Transnational Studies.’

Away from academia, I swim a lot, watch Wimbledon every summer and ride the occasional roller coaster. I am also a qualified teacher of English and French to speakers of other languages.


MA Transnational Studies (Distinction): University College London

BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics: University of Warwick

Certificat d’Etudes Politiques: Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Past Conferences:

‘Sexuality, Science and Religion in the Public Sphere: Perfectionism and the Problem of Justificatory Disagreement’, MANCEPT Brave New World Graduate Conference in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 11-12 June 2018.

‘An Argument for Gender-Neutral Public Toilets: Urinary Segregation as Morally Wrongful Discrimination’, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political & Legal Theory 2018, University of Warwick, 17 February 2018.

‘Discrimination and the Political Morality of Gender-Neutral Public Toilets’, Sex, Gender & Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives, University of Leicester, July 2017.

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