Current PhD researchers

A list of PhD students currently researching in the Department of Philosophy.

Name Research description
Simon Barker  
Andrea Blomkvist

Andrea Blomkvist is a final year PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield. She works within cognitive science, and has over the years been interested in episodic memory, episodic content generation, mental imagery, and most recently, aphantasia. Her thesis presents a cognitive architecture of the episodic system responsible for memory and imagination, which she uses to shed light on aphantasia and the ability to improve one's imagination.


Wungtei Buchem

Wungtei is a member of SIIBS and the Department of Philosophy. He works on Postcolonialism, the Bible and margins. Basically, a search for a biblical hermeneutics from the marginalised optic, taking the Christian tribes of Northeast India (NEI) as the case.

Giulia Casini

Giulia works in Philosophy of Language and Logic. Her main interests are Conditionals and her project concerns the Possible Worlds' account for Counterfactuals. She is also generally interested in Feminism and Philosophy of Science.


Lijiaozi Cheng

Lijiaozi looks at concepts and experiences of health and disease, and more specifically, “sub-health”, the grey area between disease and health. She is interested in Philosophy and Sociology of Medicine, and Critical Theory, and Bakhtin.
Patrick Connolly Patrick is interested in things to do with language. Primarily he's looking at conversation, semantics and pragmatics, and written vs face-to-face interactions.

Barend Cornelis de Rooij

Barend does research at the intersection of (social) epistemology and ethics, studying how institutional structures facilitate or obstruct individual epistemic virtues. His research is co-sponsored by the University of Groningen, where he works on the project “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Medicine/Finance” (Dutch Research Council). Barend’s secondary research interests include the ethics of migration and philosophy of social science.
Kayleigh Doherty Kayleigh’s main research interests are on blame, trust, and epistemic injustice. Her thesis works on how to sustain blaming practices under conditions of social inequality while arguing that trust is basic standpoint that we hold towards others in our communities that aids the practice of blame in being successful. She is also part of a research project with the University of Groningen titled “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Medicine/Finance” funded by the Dutch Research Council.
Can Du Can is interested in philosophy of mind. Her research currently focuses on studying consciousness and physicalism.
James Dustan Can is interested in philosophy of mind. Her research currently focuses on studying consciousness and physicalism.
Anthony Egan Anthony is interested in Aesthetics and Kierkegaard.
Thyra Elsasser

Thyra works on conceptual engineering and its use to feminism and other emancipatory endeavours. In her PhD she aims to systematically investigate the different ways in which conceptual ameliorations can (fail to) be politically useful. She is generally interested in feminism, critical race theory, philosophical methodology and epistemology.


Tom Fawcett Tom's research interests lie with Nietzsche and the pre-Socratics.
Carlos Felippe Carlos is interested in Virtue Ethics and Egoism.
Yuhan Fu Yuhan is interested in emotion and moral psychology. She is also interested in emotion in cinematic experience.

Isela González Vázquez

Isela works on Feminism, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Biology. Their PhD focuses on the role of values in science, with a particular focus on biological accounts of sexual orientation.
Robin Hamon Robin is a member of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the Department of Philosophy. Robin has been awarded a SIIBS scholarship to undertake his PhD research which explores the Eden narrative, Gen. 2:4b-3:24, using material ecocritical theory and methodology.
Richard Hassall

Richard is a former clinical psychologist. He is interested in philosophy of psychiatry, and his research is focussed on the effects of psychiatric diagnoses with little explanatory value on the people who receive them. He argues that such diagnoses can change the recipient’s self-narrative in important ways and may lead to epistemic injustice in some cases.


Jack Herbert Jack works in the epistemology of testimony. His research focuses on the epistemic reasons we have for accepting what people tell us, and the question of whether we need to have such reasons to be epistemically warranted in accepting what people tell us. He also has interests in Inference to the Best Explanation, philosophy of language and early modern philosophy.
Roderick Howlett Roderick's main research interest involves understanding the relationship between the philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard's and Theodor W. Adorno. Beyond this, he is interested in the broad areas of political philosophy, the Frankfurt School (particularly its engagement with theology), and phenomenology.
Jingbo Hu

Jingbo's research interests are in action theory, free will and moral responsibility. Specifically, he is interested in the notion of free agency—how it should be specified and whether it is compatible with our best understanding of the nature. In his thesis, he is going to defend the view that free agency can be characterized in terms of agent’s causal history that leads to the action.

Brendan Kelters

Brendan works on the ethics of moral change; the rights, wrongs, goods and bads of influencing people’s moral dispositions. By critically integrating material from literatures on the ethics of advertising and moral bioenhancement as well as metaethics, Brendan attempts to articulate and defend a novel and comprehensive framework for evaluating influences on morals. In his thesis Brendan argues that, alongside consequential concerns of various sorts, morals ought to be shaped by perceptual contact with reasons relevant to their content, though this shaping needn’t be effected via changes in beliefs. Along the way Brendan analyses relevant concepts such as ‘brainwashing’ and contextualises his position in relation to traditional conceptions of the value of freedom.


Anna Klieber Anna works on feminist philosophy of language, specifically, on how we might be able to implicate with what they call "locutionary silence". They ask, how Paul Grice's theory of conversational implicature can be interpreted in a way so it accommodates cases of implicating with silence, and further, how this ability to implicate with silence is related to power structures. Anna is also interested in social epistemology and critical race theory.

Viktoriia Kononova

Viktoriia has a background in clinical psychology and philosophy. She works mainly work on interoception, or perception of the state of the body. Her thesis focuses on the conditions where interoception is thought to be disrupted (e.g. chronic pain). She aims to clarify the cognitive mechanisms of these (various) disruptions and use them as case studies to construct a philosophical theory of interoception. She also has broad interests in philosophy of psychology and feminism.

Thorbjorn Kristjansson

Thorbjorn is interested in moral philosophy, moral psychology, and philosophy of mind.
Nadia Medhi Nadia's research attempts to account for the wrongness of cultural appropriation and also extends to the ethics of other instances in which cultural material crosses borders, real or imagined, drawing on postcolonial theory and critical philosophies of race to do so. She also has interests in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of food.
Yifan Mei  

Andrew Garford Moore

William Morgan

Will works on metaphysics, the philosophy of biology, and the intersection between these two areas. Specifically, he is interested in the problem of biological individuality in the philosophy of biology and how it bears on questions about composition in metaphysics


Maria Pietrini Sanchez

Maria is interested in Ethics, Political Theory, and Feminist Philosophy
Michael Regier Michael works on Kierkegaard, Ricoeur, and Social Ethics.
Barney Riggs Barney works on Søren Kierkegaard. He is interested in exploring a political account of the religious author’s writings. Specifically, he is concerned with developing an account of Kierkegaard’s concept of busyness – and the ways in which Kierkegaard’s concept, and critique of busyness might be viewed as a personal, social, political, religious, and economic issue.
Henry Roe 

Henry is interested in epistemic vice - traits leading to mistaken or poorly held beliefs - and how such vices operate in groups. In particular, his thesis seeks to support the view that epistemic arrogance prevails in certain groups and that this contributes to many other harms common in historic and contemporary society. His wider interests include political, social, and feminist philosophy, political economy, moral psychology, and social epistemology.


Radivoj Stupar

James Turner James is currently researching moods in an attempt to provide a representational account for them. More generally, he is interested in the Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and evolutionary psychology.
Rosa Vince Rosa's main research interests are in feminism and philosophy of sex. Her thesis examines the different kinds of feminist critiques and defences of pornography, and explores whether there are necessary harms in pornography or only contingent ones. Her current focus is on when sexual objectification is morally problematic, and when it is not.
Sabrina Wantoch Sabina is researching experiences of 'madness' or 'anomalous experience (such as psychosis/ voice-hearing/ hallucinations etc) and how they should be framed, and the effect this framing might have on those very experiences. Seeing as such experiences manifest in thoughts and feelings, the context around which one perceives themselves as mad gets woven into the very experience of what madness is. She is examining these interpersonal contexts and the effect they have on metacognition in relation to anomalous experiences, using an intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of the mind, cognitive neuroscience and critical psychiatry.

Victor Wolemonwu

Victor's research explores the problem the expoitation in Biomedical research from a Kantian Ethical Model.
Elliott Woodhouse Elliott works with the Leverhulme Trust Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) studying the global justice and environmental ethics of climate geoengineering – in particular Enhanced Weathering. He is particularly interested in the human/nature dichotomy and its influence on the geoengineering discourse. He is also interested in critical animal studies and the philosophy of social ecology.

Edward Armitage

Why do we worry? Is the experience of worry unique? What cognitive processes occur when we worry? Is worrying a form of mental action? My thesis will serve to give an answer to these questions through a philosophical account of the ontology of worry, by examining its phenomenological, epistemic and affective character. Through appealing to the recent flourishing in empirical literature on the subject, I aim to shed light on the phenomena of worry in ways not possible through empirical approaches. 


Wassim Abdelmasseh

Wassim is researching the topic of forgiveness and how it relates to retributive justice. 


Leonard J Lewis


William C Hornett

Carien Smith

Carien works on the social epistemology and ethics of climate change. Her other research interests include meaning in life and the apocalypse.


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