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The Australian National University

Dr Adam Henschke

B App Sci, Grad Dip, MA, MA, PhD
Lecturer in National Security, National Security College
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Applied Ethics 2201
  • Ethical Use Of New Technology (E.G. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) 220103
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) 220101
  • Professional Ethics (Incl. Police And Research Ethics) 220107

Research interests

Dr Henschke's research stems from fundamental interests in ethics, society and interactions with novel and emerging technologies

His current research is particularly focussed on:

  • Ethics of cyber-security
  • Just war and military ethics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cross cultural ethical dialogues
  • Value-informed decision making
  • Public communication of ethics


Adam is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology and security. He is a lecturer at the National Security College (NSC) and a research fellow with Delft University of Technology (TUD) in The Hague, The Netherlands. His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of information technology and its uses, military ethics and on relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, emerging military technologies and intelligence and cyberspace. He is also interested in moral psychology, experimental philosophy and their relations to decision making and policy development.

He joined the NSC in May 2014. He received his PhD through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt University at the end of 2013, for his dissertation, My Identity Is Important: On The Identity/Information Dyad And Its Elucidation. He has a Master of Applied Ethics (2006-2007) from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping University (Sweden), a Master of Bioethics (2004-2005) from Monash University (Australia), a Graduate Diploma in 'The Biotechnologies of Life', (2002-2003) also from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Biology/Biotechnology (1995-1997) from RMIT University (Australia).

He is the secretary of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (APAC-ISME), and was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. In 2012 Adam received a Brocher Foundation Research Fellowship (Geneva, Switzerland) to look at the ethical, legal and social implications of 'Open Health' technologies and programs, in 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands), was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Union to study the Master of Applied Ethics in 2007 and in 2005 was awarded the Bioethics Fellowship (Human Genetics Program) from Monash Centre for Human Bioethics to work as an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.


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