The Centre was founded in 2005, with the aim of bringing together philosophy both with other disciplines and with the wider public. It intervenes in the public arena on the basis of a commitment to rigour, clarity and criticism and to extend the practice of philosophy beyond its narrowly academic boundaries. We see our role as furthering both the practice of ‘the public intellectual’ and an interrogation of it. Our understanding of philosophy and of ethics, and of their application, places them firmly in the context both of history and of contemporary political debate, which is reflected in the Centre’s cross-disciplinary approach. We therefore seek to operate across all of the university’s faculties, engendering an innovative environment within which to explore the relationship between theory and practice, as well as actively collaborating both with colleagues in other institutions and with bodies outside the academy.

In particular, we work together with Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry (Ghent, Belgium), Globalisation Studies/Research in Ethics and Globalisation (Groningen, Netherlands), the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (UK) and the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham (UK).

Over the next few years we shall seek to interrogate ‘applied philosophy’ both theoretically and through our work with colleagues both outside and within the university. Outside the university, this will include work with sixth forms, Philosophy in Pubs, Brighton Speakers’ Corner and others. University activities, all of which are open to the public, include the University’s Philosophy Society, regular Symposia and our Tuesday evening lecture series (2013-14 Neoliberalism; 2014-15 Discrimination), as well as our ongoing collaboration with the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories and with other colleagues across in the University’s Research Cluster on Explaining Violent Conflict. We shall also be hosting the 2015-16 Annual Conference of the Society for Women in Philosophy and developing our book series, Off The Fence, with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Our research is closely interlinked with the School’s MA and PhD students through the student-run Critical Studies Research Group, contributing directly both to postgraduate and to undergraduate course development as well as offering a home for PhD research.

The Centre is open to collaborative proposals, whether small- or large-scale, from anyone interested in working with us. Contact the Director, Prof Bob Brecher: or the Co-Director, Dr Mark Devenney:


Core activities: 


Conferences and Symposia 

MA Programme in Applied Ethics

Visiting Scholars Programme