Current Visitors

Natalie Gold

Natalie Gold is Professor in Practice in the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Deputy Head of Behavioural Insights and Lead Behavioural Scientist at Public Health England. She studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and has an M.Phil and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She held postdocs at the University of Konstanz and Duke University, and then faculty positions at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, and the University of Oxford. At King’s, she was Principal Investigator on the project “Self-Control and the Person: An Inter-Disciplinary Account”, funded by the European Research Council. She has held visiting positions at Hong Kong University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies—Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Rome, and the Australian National University. Natalie has over 60 publications on topics including: framing, moral judgements and decision making, cooperation and coordination, collective intentionality and shared cooperative activity, trust, self-control, nudge, financial regulation, and the use of behavioural science in public health.

Dates of visit: 1 May 2021 – 31 August 2022


Research Project

Philosophy in practice: Problems at the intersection of social science and philosophy

Natalie is working on a number of projects at the intersection of philosophy and social science, including:

1. The implications of social identity theory for collective intentionality, including ‘continuity assumptions’ about the mechanisms for small-scale and large-scale collective activity

2. The use of thought experiments in ethics and the implications of cross-cultural differences in moral judgments

3. Why individuals should privilege long-term goals over short-term temptations and why policy-makers might be justified in helping them do that

4. The interaction of individuals and institutions: how institutions impact on behaviour and the implication of that for virtues and vices.


Lisa Hecht

Lisa Hecht is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She works on the ethics of war and moral rights with a particular focus on questions concerning risk and compensation. 

Lisa completed her PhD on Victims of War at the Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace of Stockholm University in 2019. In January 2020, she took up a three-year postdoctoral position which is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The postdoc will be conducted both at the CPNSS and at the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University.

Dates of visit: September 2020 – August 2022


Research Project

Towards a risk-sensitive account of moral rights

The aim of the project is to better understand the relation of rights and risk. The project explores (1) whether, how and why the stringency of rights is sensitive to risk and (2) what respect for rights requires of decision-makers in situations of risk.


Joe Mazor

Joe Mazor received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009.  He has since been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values and at Stanford’s Center for Ethics in Society.  He was an LSE Fellow and a temporary assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Duke Kunshan University.  As an affiliate at CPNSS, he hopes to work on projects related to natural resource property rights, economic justice, and the philosophy of welfare economics.

Dates of visit: September 2020 – August 2021


Research Project

On the Nature and Significance of Welfare Economics

A key project I will be working on at CPNSS is a book on the philosophy of welfare economics.  The book will develop a comprehensive critique of welfare economics as it is currently practiced.  In advancing this critique, the book has several key goals a) a careful explanation of the different welfare economics frameworks in use today, b) clear connections between contemporary scholarship in political philosophy and contemporary welfare economics, with a focus on the practical consequences of the philosophical debates for the field c) a critique of the welfare economic frameworks aimed at welfare economists, but accessible to anyone who has taken microeconomics at the undergraduate level.