Teaching

I have taught courses in environmental ethics and environmental aesthetics, animals and society, ethics, applied ethics, aesthetics and the arts, Kant, introduction to philosophy, as well as seminars on subjects such as imagination, Schopenhauer, aesthetics and politics, and philosophy of film. I have also been involved in teaching courses in the field: Philosophy of Conservation on the Isle of Rum in Scotland, a human geography field course in North Uist, Scotland, and a human geography field course in Iceland.

I established a multidisciplinary masters programme, MSc Environment, Culture, and Society at the University of Edinburgh in 2007, and served as its Programme Director for ten years.

I have supervised masters and PhD students on a range of topics in areas such as environmental philosophy, aesthetics, Kant, and applied ethics.

Past PhD students (University of Edinburgh):

Sarah Govan, The Past In the Present: to what extent does landscape policy in Scotland accommodate the historic dimension? (with Nina Morris, Geography, Edinburgh)

Carlos Portales, Leibniz and the Objectivity of Beauty (with Pauline Phemister, Philosophy, Edinburgh)

Nicolai Rostrup The Aesthetics of City Nature (with Nina Morris, Geography)

Amitangshu Acharya Reversing Water’s Nature: The Political Ecology of Reverse Osmosis Technology in Gujurat, India (with Kanchana Ruwanpura, Geography)

Tiago Torres Campos (with Mark Dorrian, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Mark Eischeid, Sublime Landscapes: Modernist American Landscape Architecture and the Artificial Infinite (with Iain Boyd Whyte, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Nicole Hall, Aesthetic Perception, Nature, and Experience

Leslie Mabon, Respect for nature at 200 km/h? Rally driving in Scotland and environmental responsibility

Jonathan Prior, The Role of Aesthetic Value in Ecological Restoration: Cases from the United Kingdom

Therese Yarde, Perceptions of Nature in the Caribbean Island of Dominica

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