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PhD Students

Current PhD students

Gwenyth Morgan

Gwenyth Morgan

Ethics of Cybersecurity in Business

Gwenyth works on the CANVAS project. She did a Masters in Healthcare Ethics & Law at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland with a thesis on “The Law & Ethics on Refusing a Cesarean Section in Labour”. She completed a bachelor in science at the University College Dublin and professionally worked in one of Ireland’s Top 3 law firms specialising in Data Protection. Under the auspices of the CANVAS project and with a narrow focus on cybersecurity, Gwenyth’s research envelopes key areas of business/finance, law enforcement and national security examining the ethics of cybersecurity and the potential to create a balance between privacy rights and the interests of the state, and also, how to enforce cybersecurity in businesses without compromising autonomy.

Augustine Pamplany

Augustine Pamplany

Ethics of Geo-engineering

Augustine is presently Director of the Institute of Science and Religion at Little Flower Seminary, Aluva (India). He obtained his M.Sc. from Madras University and a European Master in Bioethics from the Universities of Leuven, Nijmegen and Padova. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Open International University in Colombo (Sri Lanka). He lectures in Philosophy of Science and Bioethics at various institutions in India. He has published six books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals. His works include East-West Interface of Reality (Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune, 2003), Theological Mysteries in Scientific Perspective (Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore, 2004), Cosmos Bios and Theos, 2006, Evolution and Religious Belief (Serial Publishers, New Delhi, 2011). He is the managing editor and Publisher of "Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion".

Wessel Reijers

Wessel Reijers

Ethics of Digital Content Technologies

Wessel works as a PhD Researcher in the ADAPT Centre. He did a Master in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (cum laude) at the University of Twente with a thesis on “Critique of Digital Money”.Furthermore, he completed a bachelor in European studies at the University of Twente. He specialises in philosophy and ethics of technology, the philosophy of money and in ways in which ethics is done in STEM research projects. Professionally, he works as a researcher in the European Satori Project which focuses on the creation of a harmonised framework for ethics assessment in the EU. 

Mary Sharp

Mary Sharp

Ethics of Mobile Medical Apps and mHealth Devices 

Mary Sharp is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Computer Science. She is currently the Course Director for the Honors Evening Degree in Computer Science. Her research Interests include: Medical Database Analysis and Security using Cryptographic Techniques.

Vina Vasvani

Vina Vaswani

Ethics of Forensic Medicine

Vina’s primary specialization is Forensic Medicine and she has been teaching this subject in medical schools in South India. In 2008, Vina completed her Masters in Bioethics, as an Erasmus Mundus student, from three European Union universities (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium; St Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands and Università degli Studi dii Padova, Padua, Italy). Since then she has additionally been teaching bioethics to medical professionals and students. Her current project is to explore the intersection between the two worlds, ethics and forensic medicine.


PhD Graduates

Peter Novitzky

Peter Novitzky

Ethics of Ambient Assisted Living

Peter successfully completed the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics course with the consortium of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) – Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands) – Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), following previous studies in theology, in Budapest (Pazmany Peter Catholic University) and Prague (Charles University). He specialises in ethics and his latest thesis dealt with the ethical evaluation of scarce medical resources rationing theories for different age cohorts. Peter completed his PhD in 2015. He how holds a PostDoc position at University Twente (Netherlands).

Tim Jacquemard

Tim Jacquemard

Ethics of the Sensor Web

Tim Jacquemard has completed a BA and a MA in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). During the philosophy course he developed a particular interest in the area of science and philosophy. He wrote his thesis about the philosophical implications of a market in kidneys. In his thesis he included different branches of applied philosophy like philosophy of science, bioethics and political philosophy. Professionally, Tim has worked as a Medical Ethics assistant researcher at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD in 2014. Tim now works as a consultant as Business Analyst in Northern Trust.

Elizabeth Yuko

Elizabeth Yuko

Ethics of Artificial Wombs

Elizabeth obtained a BA in Political Science from The College of Wooster (USA), prior to completing an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies and an LLM at Dublin City University. Both her MA and LLM dissertations were on the subject of human trafficking laws and policies in Europe. Professionally, Elizabeth has worked as a legal researcher and journalist, as well as on various aspects of political campaigns in both the United States and Ireland. Elizabeth's dissertation addresses the question of whether the further development of artificial wombs is ethically desirable. Elisabeth Yuko completed her PhD in 2012. She currently works at Fortham University, New York City, USA.