Programme for Applied Ethics Research

Programme for Applied Ethics Research

Applied Ethics: Technology and Governance of Health and Natural Resources Project                                                    

Funding: The Research Council of Norway - ISP-FIDE Programme
Project Code217426
Duration: 01.04.2012 – 31.05.2015 
Project manager: May Thorseth
Coordinator/researcher: Allen Alvarez
Primary and secondary objectives of the project
The primary objective is to strengthen the area of applied ethics as a growing field within Norwegian philosophy. We aim at stronger cooperation with other relevant Norwegian Philosophy institutions, by way of targeted cooperative arrangements such as joint workshops and joint research applications. Secondary objective of the project is to improve the quality of publications, through co-authorship and more extended informal reviewing from colleagues at other institutions, according to what is emphasized in the institution's response to the evaluation report "Philosophy and history of ideas in Norway. Evaluation of research 2004-2008".
Project summary
The primary objective is to strengthen the area of applied ethics as a growing field within Norwegian philosophy. The main topic of this project is governance and technology as seen from an applied ethics perspective. There are particularly two important fields being addressed, i.e. environmental ethics focusing on natural resources, and bioethics/ health care ethics. The way technology influence governance in both of these fields gives rise to many ethical concerns, such as e.g. governance of resource abundance, and the way natural resources shape institutions and policies. One of the urgent issues in this project has to do with governance of resource abundance, among others the question of how natural resources shape institutions and policies. As an example, Technology and governance relate to which policies countries rich in natural resources should as this relates to institutional obstacles for sustainable politics and just institutions. Technology and governance also has a great impact on developing and designing of public health policies, and thus give rise to several ethical concerns, such as assessing the legitimacy of a normative recruitment approach to public health interventions in terms of screening, vaccination and health surveys. A third issue is related to enhancement technologies as these apply to institutional as well as individual levels. We aim at improving the quality of publications, through co-authorship and more extended informal reviewing from colleagues at other institutions. Both topics of the project have great application potentials for two obvious reasons: (i) ethical issues on governance and use/impact of technology are highly debated and contested in the public domain, and (ii) the research to be undertaken is solidly based in several larger projects with international partners. Thus, publications from the project aim at international publications of high quality.