We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new members of Council from June 2014:

Professor Heather Widdows


Heather Widdows hold the John Ferguson Chair of Global Ethics in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham. She works on Global Ethics, Bioethics, Virtue Ethics and Feminist Theory, with a particular interest in the ethical issues which arise in the context of globalisation.

She is currently on the REF Philosophy Sub-Panel and from October 2014 takes up a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on her new book, ‘Perfect Me!’, which explores ideals of beauty and perfection.

Professor Simon Caney


Simon Caney is Professor in Political Theory at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College.

His research interests are in contemporary political philosophy - including distributive justice and scarce resources, health and health care, and the ethical issues surrounding innovation in the life sciences. He was a member of the Council's Working Party on Biofuels.