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Dr Nin (Georgiana) Kirkham

Discipline Chair

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The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3966
+61 8 6488 1069
Room 1.36, Arts Building, Perth campus
BA PhD W.Aust.
Nin Kirkham completed her PhD in Philosophy in 2008 and has been working at UWA since that time. She is employed in a permanent part-time teaching and research position. Her other job is the care of her two young children.
Key research
Nin Kirkham's research area is normative and applied ethics, with a particular focus on issues in environmental ethics and bioethics. She is primarily interested in the concepts of nature and artifice as they are now employed, and have historically been employed, in ethical debates over the legitimacy of new technologies and of manipulations of the environment.
"Recognising Our Place in the World", Environmental Ethics, 2016
"Voicing Possibilities: A Performative Approach to the Theory and Practice of Ethics in a Globalised World," Handbook of Research on Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibilities (co-authored with Mark Edwards, Mary Gentile, Stacie Chappell and David Webb)
“Situating ‘Giving Voice to Values’: A Metatheoretical Evaluation of a New Approach to Business Ethics” Journal of Business Ethics, 121[3] (2014): 477– 95 (co-authored with Mark G Edwards)
“Transcending our Biology: A Virtue Ethics Interpretation of the Appeal to Nature in Technological and Environmental Ethics” Zygon, 2013
“The Virtues of Motherhood” Motherhood and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
“Is Biotechnology the New Alchemy?” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 40 (2009): 70–8
“‘Playing God’ and ‘Vexing Nature’: A Cultural Perspective” Environmental Values 15 (2006): 173–95
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Nin is also currently the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities (Community and Engagement) and the Chair of the Philosophy Discipline.
Nin's teaching interests are broad ranging from Ethics to Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy, Logic and Critical Thinking. She has taught Business Ethics and Professional Ethics in various parts of the University and continues to be involved in teaching outside the Discipline of Philosophy, most recently being involved in the development and delivery of a new cross-disciplinary broadening unit entitled Social Responsibility in Action.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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