Jules Holroyd

Department of Philosophy


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Jules Holroyd
Department of Philosophy
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I studied for my PhD in Philosophy at The University of Sheffield (2004-2008). In 2008 I took up a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge; followed by lectureships at Cardiff University (2009-2011), and the University of Nottingham (2012-2015). In 2016 I took up a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship at Sheffield.

Research interests

My teaching and research focuses on addressing injustices. These questions requires understanding of the nature of injustices – in resources, knowledge, access to opportunities and so on – and attention to the ways in which we might sustain them, including unwittingly. It also requires attention to what we can do to make our societies and institutions more just.

Much of my recent research has focused on implicit gender and racial biases – automatic patterns of thought that can lead us to stereotype and discriminate. I am also interested in other ways in which we, and institutions in which we participate, are complicit in injustices, and what to do about it – my research has examined notions such a discrimination, collective vices, and integrity in criminal justice. This research spans the topics of political philosophy, moral psychology and social philosophy (in particular, feminist philosophy and philosophy of race).

I have had the opportunity to use this research to engage with practitioners in the Judiciary and the Civil Service in the UK, in discussions about how to make these institutions more inclusive. I have managed interdisciplinary research projects (with psychologists) that have investigated how to change implicit biases (with a Leverhulme Trust Project Grant, 2014-2017), and worked with legal scholars in exploring the implications of this research for legal concepts and practice.

I have been working with the University on practices for making our University a more inclusive space for transgender staff and students. This includes the co-production of a gender inclusion policy, and recommendations to make parental leave policies more trans inclusive.

In 2020-2021, with Dr Jenny Clark (Physics) I have been working on a report into experiences  of parental leave. This is being drawn on to improve experiences of parental leave, especially for women, and to work towards gender equity. The report is here. I am co-director of the Centre for Engaged Philosophy, at Sheffield.


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Holroyd J (2015) Autonomy, Value and Violence: Assessing Substantive Accounts of Autonomy. WOMEN AND VIOLENCE: THE AGENCY OF VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS (pp 91-109) RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries


  • Holroyd J (2020) various media/public engagement things including R4 x2, the Guardian, Migration Matters.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I am happy to supervise MA and PhD students wishing to study topics in moral psychology, feminist philosophy and social philosophy. Do get in touch.

Current PhD students (primary supervision):

  • Thyra Elsasser (Conceptual engineering for emancipatory goals)
  • Henry Roe (Arrogance and collective epistemic vice)
  • Rosa Vince (Pornography and objectification)

Previous PhD students (at Sheffield):

  • Jingbo Hu (Reasons-responsive accounts of moral responsibility, soon to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Guangzhou)
  • Maria Pietrini Sanchez (An autonomy based framework for surrogacy contracts. Currently employed at Chiapas state university (UNACH). Faculty of Medicine of the Department of Human Rights)
  • Charlie Crerar (Vice epistemology. Currently post-doctoral researcher at UConn)
  • Andreas Bunge (The nature of attitudes. Currently working in President's Office, Leuphana University of Luneberg)

Previous PhD students (at Nottingham):

  • Tom Baker (An integrated account of aesthetic appreciation. Currently working at University of Edinburgh)
  • James Andow (Intuitions in philosophy. Currently working at University of East Anglia)
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