Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Academic staff

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright: CHESS Co-Director

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Durham and at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is past President of the Philosophy of Science Association and was President of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) in 2008.

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Julian Reiss

Julian Reiss: CHESS Co-Director

Julian Reiss is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. He has a degree in economics and finance from the University of St Gallen and a PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics. His main research interests are methodologies of the sciences (especially causality and causal inference, models, simulations and thought experiments, and counterfactuals), philosophy of economics, and science and values. He is the author of Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence-Based Methodology (2008), Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction (2013).

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Wendy Parker

Wendy Parker

Research Interests include: Models and computer simulation in science (especially climate modeling), Science and public policy and History of atmospheric science / meteorology.

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Support staff

Nicola Craigs

Nicola Craigs

Nicola Craigs joined CHESS in December 2012 and works part time as the Administrator for the Centre. Nicola started working for Durham University in October 2008 in her previous role as College Secretary at Josephine Butler College. Previous employment experience is within HR and she has a HND in Personnel Management.

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Cheryl Lancaster

Dr Cheryl Lancaster

Cheryl Lancaster is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Durham University. Her research interests are currently focused on the modern history of stem cell biology, and wider interests cover the integration of history and philosophy of modern biomedical sciences. She is currently a member of the Centre for History of Medicine and Disease (CHMD) and Centre for Ethics, Law and the Life Sciences (CELLS), and teaches in both the Department of Philosophy and School for Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University.

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Dori Beeler

Dori Beeler

Research interests include: health and illness, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, boundary work, biopolitics, phenomenology, the body and ethnography. Dori received an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Durham University and is now a Anthropology Doctoral Candidate. Her research involves Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with an emphasis on the ethnographic study of Reiki within Britain. Currently, she is finalizing her fieldwork which is grounded in the phenomenological method. In addition to her studies, she has had the privilege of being a tutor for several groups in the People and Cultures Module within the Anthropology Department.

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Tom Bunce

Tom Bunce

Tom Bunce is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Durham University and a research assistant for the CHESS Centre. Prior to undertaking his PhD, he studied for a BSc in physics at the University of Warwick and an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Durham University

Tom is writing a thesis on the science and philosophy of the physicist Max Born. His research interests include the history and philosophy of quantum mechanics, the historiography of integrated HPS, the history and philosophy of the notion of a cause in physics, the scientific realism debate and the historiography of biography.

In addition to his research, Tom has also tutored undergraduate students in the philosophy department on the Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Knowledge and Reality modules.

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Research students

Anna de Bruyckere

Anna de Bruyckere

Anna received an MPhil degree in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge (2013), after studying philosophy and economics in Ghent, Belgium. Her main research interests are macroeconomic policy making and the models and metaphors involved, metaphor and metaphor entrenchment, and performativity.

Rune Nyrup

Rune Nyrup

Rune Nyrup holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen. His research interests focus on the use of models across the sciences and their relation to issues concerning scientific realism, pluralism, and reductionism. In particular, he is interested in cases where multiple seemingly inconsistent causal models are simultaneously used to represent the same phenomenon.

Pierre-Olivier Bédard

Pierre-Olivier Bédard

Pierre-Olivier has a PhD in political science (Université Laval, Canada) and currently holds a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2013-2015). His main research interests include public policy-making, evidence-based policy-making, causality and quantitative research methods. He is also a Teaching Fellow at Durham’s School of Government and International Affairs.

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Research Projects

1) Values in Science

2) Moving On: Evidence-based Policy: Stage 2

3) Knowledge for Use

4) Scientific Expertise in Philosophical Focus

5) What We Own

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