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Science for the Common Good

The Institute for Practical Ethics develops and promotes research on issues facing the public today, with an emphasis on engagement between ethicists, scientists, and policymakers. We aim to close the gap between the rapid pace of innovation and society’s ability to responsibly deal with the tough questions.

  • What would be the impact on society if parents could easily modify their children's genes for specific traits?

  • Is it ethical to introduce reflective particles into the atmosphere to combat global warming?

  • What ethical principles should be programmed into driverless cars?

Responsible Engagement

As one of the signature initiatives of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Practical Ethics is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the goal of creating socially responsible science and policy.

Vision & Mission


October 24: Prof. Amelia Acker

Prof. Amelia Acker of UT iSchool will give a guest lecture at the Data Analytic Working Group. In "Data Literacy, Constant Collection, and the Future of Access," she will discuss the impact that constant data collection has on access amongst different data cultures, unpacking how public institutions like libraries are confronting expanding data life cycles, data-driven infrastructures, and users’ data rights.

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Current Call for Applications

Faculty: Working Group on Data Analytic Governance and Accountability

In collaboration with the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, the Institute for Practical Ethics will consider proposals for funding of research projects in Data Analytic Governance and Accountability.

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Ph.D.: Working Group on Data Analytic Governance and Accountability

In collaboration with the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, the Institute for Practical Ethics fellowships allow Ph.D. students engaged in social science or humanistic research to work on a project doing research on the topic of data analytics governance and accountability.

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Research

Postdoc scholar Daniel Callies published his research "Climate Engineering: A Normative Perspective" in July 2019

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Op-ed

"San Diegans Shouldn’t Be Lab Rats for Innovation" by Data Analytic Governance and Accountability working group member Lilly Irani

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Inaugural Conference: Understanding the Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Our Researchers

Learn more about the research staff working with the Institute for Practical Ethics, from full-time staff and post-doctoral researchers, to Ph.D. students and visiting scholars

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