Professor Christian Barry

PhD, M.Phil, MA (Philosophy) Columbia University
Professor and Head of School, Philosophy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 (2) 61258475

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

Christian Barry is Professor of Philosophy and Head of School in Philosophy in the RSSS, 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. 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)

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

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

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

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

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

Lucie White: "Constructing a Coherent Philosophical Basis for Research Ethcis" (PhD Awarded)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christopher Lernpass: Collective Harm

Nicholas Carroll:The Ethics of Immigration Detention

Will Moisis: Offsetting


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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