Professor Christian Barry

PhD, M.Phil, MA (Philosophy) Columbia University
Director, Research School of Social Sciences
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 (2) 61252449

Areas of expertise

  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Applied Ethics 2201
  • Philosophy 2203

Research interests

Christian Barry is Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Political Philosophy. His research focuses on ethical theory, philosophy of action, and international justice. His recent work include books with Sanjay Reddy, International Trade and Labour Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (Columbia University Press), Gerhard Øverland, Responding to Global Poverty: Harm, Responsibility and Agency (Cambridge University Press) and articles in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Political Studies, Journal of Legal Studies, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, and Ethics & International Affairs. He currently holds an Australian Reasearch Council Discovery Grant for the project The Ethical Responsiblities of Consumers and is working on a book on that topic (co-authored with Kate Macdonald and under contract with Oxford University Press).


Christian Barry was educated at Columbia University in New York, receiving his PhD in philosophy in 2005. Prior to joining the ANU, he was a program officer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (Justice & the World Economy),  a consultant to the Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Program, and a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin.  His work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Research Council of Norway, and the Australian Research Council. 



Available student projects

Luara Ferracioli: "Morality in Migration" (PhD awarded) Chair

Joanne Lau: "Political Obligation and the Civil Dead" (PhD awarded) Chair

Alejandra Mancilla:"A Cosmpolitan Right of Necessity (PhD awarded) Panel

Rosa Terlazzo: "Adaptive Preferences and Children's Options" (PhD awarded) Panel

Stephanie Collins:"The Scope of Dependence-Based Duties" (PhD awarded) Panel

John Harrington: "The Failure To Constrain Corporate Social Injury:The State, the Stakeholder and the Fiduciary" (PhD awarded) Chair

Jonathan Pickering: "Fair climate policy in an unequal world: characterising responsibilities and designing institutions for national mitigation and international finance" (PhD awarded) Chair

Robert Kirby: "The Beneficiary Pays Principle and Climate Change" (PhD awarded) Chair

Kerrie O'Rourke: "Corporate Ethics Codes" (PhD awarded) Panel

Chad Lee-Stronach: "Ethics and Risk" (PhD awarded) Panel

Susan Pennings: "Health care with limited resources: Ethics, epidemiology and public policy" (PhD awarded) Chair

Shang Long Yeo: "Debunking Arguments in Ethics" (PhD awarded) Chair

Chris Lernpass: "Diachronic Choice in Ethics" (PhD awarded) Chair

Serrin Rutledge-Prior "Cutting out the middleperson:An interests-based account of

animals’ legal inclusion" (PhD awarded) Panel

Current student projects


PhD Projects

Kirsten Mann: Aggregation in Value Theory

Max Fedoseev: Responsibility for Structural Injustice

James Edgar Lim: The Ethics of Social Sanctioning

Brenna Barker-Lamb: Corrective Justice for Climate Refugees

Nicholas Carroll:The Ethics of Immigration Detention



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  10 December 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers