Neil Williams

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Personal profile


I joined the University of Roehampton in 2018 as a Lecturer in Philosophy. Prior to this I held a teaching fellowship in applied ethics at the University of Leeds, where I also worked as an ethical consultant. I obtained my doctorate at the University of Sheffield in 2017. 

Research interests

I am a moral philosopher specializing in American pragmatism, post-Kantian idealism, and environmental thought. The historical and applied strands of my research are unified by an interest in the ways that the affective dimensions of our experience shape our beliefs and practices. My recent publications have focused on the importance of personal temperament and emotional disposition to scientific and philosophical inquiry. 

My current research projects - funded by the AHRC and British Academy - are inter-disciplinary investigations into the rights of nature. I am interested in working with other academics and with external stakeholders to explore how we understand the rights of nature, and how these rights are legitimately represented. 


  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2017)
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2012)
  • BA, Literature and Philosophy, University of East Anglia (2011)


I currently convene the "Beyond Profit: Responsibility and Sustainability" course on the MBA programme, as well as on various other modules across the university with an ethical or environmental focus. 

I am also the Programme Convenor for the innovative new Environmental Humanities MA programme (see here). Do email me if you have any questions. 

I am keen to supervise work in American Philosophy and in applied ethical issues around environemental, technological, and professional issues. 

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