Research Profile

Kian Mintz-Woo

Biography

Welcome to my webpage.

I am a permanent lecturer at University College Cork. I work primarily on moral philosophy, both theoretical and applied to climate change and health policy. My publications can be found below.* 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, I co-authored a piece discussing climate policy in this time [co-authored with the moral philosopher Peter Singer]. That became a journal article.

Recently, I have been engaging in various forms of public science communication. I was quoted by the Wall Street Journal for an article [paywalled] on financial literacy. I have also written for and been quoted by Irish media on climate change. I was a featured American Philosophical Association member in July 2020 here. I have also spoken to Canadian politicians about carbon taxes.

Other ways of finding about me are via my ORCiD, my Google Scholar page, my ResearchGate page, my Academia.edu page or my PhilPeople page.

My favorite food is lemon sorbet.

*Most of my publications are available open access through funding from the Austrian Science Foundation under grant W 1256-G15 (Doctoral Programme Climate Change – Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies) and through Ireland's IReL (Irish Research eLibrary). To access these freely, click through on my Publications below to the publishers' versions.

Research Interests

Kian Mintz-Woo works on moral and normative issues, both fundamental (in moral ontology and metaethics) and applied (in climate ethics and climate economics). Recently, he has been working on questions related to carbon prices including carbon taxes; global versus local social costs of carbon; loss and damage in the post-Paris climate policy space; the role of moral expertise; and modal robustness with respect to the provision of political and social goods.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2021)'What do climate change winners owe, and to whom?'
Mintz-Woo, K.; Leroux, J. (2021) 'What do climate change winners owe, and to whom?'. Economics and Philosophy, 37 (3):462-483   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Infant feeding and the energy transition: A comparison between decarbonising breastmilk substitutes with renewable gas and achieving the global nutrition target for breastfeeding'
Long, A., Mintz-Woo, K., Daly, H., O'Connell, M., Smyth, B., Murphy, J.D. (2021) 'Infant feeding and the energy transition: A comparison between decarbonising breastmilk substitutes with renewable gas and achieving the global nutrition target for breastfeeding'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 324   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'Will Carbon Taxes Help Address Climate Change?'
Mintz-Woo, K. (2021) 'Will Carbon Taxes Help Address Climate Change?'. Les ateliers de l'éthique / The Ethics Forum, 16 (1):24-34   [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Carbon pricing and COVID-19'
Mintz-Woo, K., Dennig, F., Liu, H., Schinko, T. (2020) 'Carbon pricing and COVID-19'. Climate Policy,   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)'Public Values in the Right Place'
Mintz-Woo, K. (2020) 'Public Values in the Right Place'. Australasian Philosophical Review, 4 (1):57-62   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'The Social Cost of Carbon: Valuing Inequality, Risk, and Population for Climate Policy'
Fleurbaey M., Ferranna M., Budolfson M., Dennig F., Mintz-Woo K., Socolow R., Spears D., Zuber S. (2019) 'The Social Cost of Carbon: Valuing Inequality, Risk, and Population for Climate Policy'. Monist, 102 (1):84-109   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'Principled Utility Discounting under Risk'
Mintz-Woo K. (2019) 'Principled Utility Discounting under Risk'. Moral Philosophy And Politics, 6 (1):89-112   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses?'
Mintz-Woo K. (2018) 'Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses?'. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 21 (3)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Two Moral Arguments for a Global Social Cost of Carbon'
Mintz-Woo K. (2018) 'Two Moral Arguments for a Global Social Cost of Carbon'. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 21 (1):60-63   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'On Parfit’s Ontology'
Mintz-Woo K. (2018) 'On Parfit’s Ontology'. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 48 (5):707-725   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2021)'A Philosopher’s Guide to Discounting'
Mintz-Woo, K. (2021) 'A Philosopher’s Guide to Discounting' In: Mark Budolfson, Tristram McPherson, David Plunkett (eds). Philosophy and Climate Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2021)'The ethics of measuring climate change impacts'
Mintz-Woo, K. (2021) 'The ethics of measuring climate change impacts' In: Trevor M. Letcher (eds). The Impacts of Climate Change. Amsterdam: Elsevier.   [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Blogging Climate Change: A Case Study'
Sajeev E.P.M.;Mintz-Woo K.;Damert M.;Brunner L.;Eise J. (2019) 'Blogging Climate Change: A Case Study' In: Addressing the Challenges in Communicating Climate Change Across Various Audiences. Cham: Springer.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'Science for Loss and Damage. Findings and Propositions'
Reinhard Mechler and Elisa Calliari and Laurens M. Bouwer and Thomas Schinko and Swenja Surminski and Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer and Jeroen Aerts and Wouter Botzen and Emily Boyd and Natalie Delia Deckard and Jan S. Fuglestvedt and Kian Mintz-Woo and Arianna Montero-Colbert and Jaroslav Mysiak (2019) 'Science for Loss and Damage. Findings and Propositions' In: Mechler R., Bouwer L., Schinko T., Surminski S., Linnerooth-Bayer J (eds). Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Concepts, Methods and Policy Options. Cham: Springer.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'The Ethical Challenges in the Context of Climate Loss and Damage'
Wallimann-Helmer I., Meyer L., Mintz-Woo K., Schinko T., Serdeczny O. (2018) 'The Ethical Challenges in the Context of Climate Loss and Damage' In: Mechler R., Bouwer L., Schinko T., Surminski S., Linnerooth-Bayer J (eds). Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Cham: Springer.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'A new defence of probability discounting'
Mintz-Woo, K. (2016) 'A new defence of probability discounting' In: A. Walsh, S. Hormio, & D. Purves (eds). The Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Economics. Oxford: Routledge.   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2020)Carbon Pricing and COVID-19.
Kian Mintz-Woo (2020) Carbon Pricing and COVID-19. Climate Strategies: Blog   [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)How Would We Know if We Made a Climate Difference?.
Kian Mintz-Woo (2019) How Would We Know if We Made a Climate Difference?. Blog   [Full Text] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2021)6 ways you and your family can take action now on climate change.
Kian Mintz-Woo (2021) 6 ways you and your family can take action now on climate change. RTÉ: Newspaper Articles   [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)Put a Price on Carbon Now.
Peter Singer; Kian Mintz-Woo (2020) Put a Price on Carbon Now. Project Syndicate: Newspaper Articles   [Full Text] [Details]
(2020)Why COVID-19 is the right time to increase carbon prices.
Kian Mintz-Woo (2020) Why COVID-19 is the right time to increase carbon prices. RTÉ: Newspaper Articles   [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Activities

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2018University of Graz PhDMoral Philosophy
2014Oxford University BPhilPhilosophy
2011University of Reading MAEthics and Political Theory
2010University of Amsterdam MScLogic
2008University of British Columbia BAPhilosophy

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer (Permanent)01-SEP-20 /
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Young Scientist01-JUN-18 / 31-AUG-18
Princeton University Lecturer/Postdoctoral Research Associate01-SEP-18 / 31-AUG-20

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2021Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy (Finalist) International Society for Environmental Ethics
2019Best Applied Ethics Blog Post PEA Soup

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Society for Environmental Ethics Standing Member22-APR-19 /
Philosophers for Sustainability Conference Committee16-JUL-19 /
Canadian Philosophical Association Member30-NOV-18 /
American Philosophical Association Member28-FEB-15 /

Outreach Activities

 Description

Profiled on my work on climate net winners co-authored with Justin Leroux [ https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266267120000449 ] for a piece by Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times' Unthinkable column [ https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/should-sectors-that-win-from-climate-change-be-taxed-1.4688734 , paywalled]

Interviewed for a newspaper article with the Cork Echo responding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Sixth Assessment Report: https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40356059.html .

Featured philosopher at Engaged Philosophy, https://t.co/Z3jFVtMaCk?amp=1 .

Gave a talk, invited by Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada, to Canadian politicians. https://youtu.be/tAnVjHt3OpY?t=118 .

I was a featured member of the American Philosophical Association and selected for an interview on the official blog here: https://blog.apaonline.org/2020/07/03/apa-member-interview-kian-mintz-woo/ .

I was interviewed for CFRO 100.5 Co-op Radio (Vancouver, Canada), discussing climate ethics and climate policy. The interview can be streamed here: http://coopradio.org/content/it-takes-village-164 .

I co-authored [with the philosopher Peter Singer] an op-ed on carbon pricing in the context of COVID-19. It is available here: https://prosyn.org/cL6cNDx .

Was an invited member of a panel on COVID-19 and climate change. It was covered in the Daily Princetonian: https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2020/04/coronavirus-climate-change and a recording of the lecture is on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/U0KcuTFedfw .

Interviewed on climate ethics for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis here: https://blog.iiasa.ac.at/2018/07/12/the-philosophy-of-climate-change-an-interview-with-yssp-participant-kian-mintz-woo/ .

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Canadian Journal Of Philosophy Referee10-OCT-16 -
Journal Of Applied Philosophy Referee22-DEC-17 -
Erasmus Journal Of Philosophy Of Economics Referee07-JAN-19 -
Ethics, Policy & Environment Referee28-AUG-19 -
Analysis Referee09-JAN-20 -
Philosophical Quarterly Referee11-JUN-20 -
Nous Referee07-JUL-20 -
British Journal Of Political Science Referee16-AUG-20 -
Philosophical Studies Referee16-AUG-20 -
Ethics Referee26-AUG-20 -
Politics, Philosophy And Economics Referee06-APR-21 -
Global Environmental Change Referee01-JUN-21 -
Oxford University Press Referee01-JUL-21 -
Ethics And International Affairs Referee01-SEP-21 -

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

In the 2020/2021 academic year, and again in the 2021/2022 year, I coordinate the following modules (note that in the 2021/2022 year, most teaching will be in synchronous in-person, although lectures and sessions will continue to be recorded and uploaded to Panopto to allow for people to catch up in case they are unable to participate in-person for any reason):

Semester 1:
  • PH3042/PH6053: Professional Ethics and Professional Ethics: Advanced: What is a professional code of ethics? How should we choose our jobs in a moral way? Is profit the only rule in business? How far should business go to protect and preserve the environment? What does it mean to be a moral expert? Do businesses have obligations only to share-holders or also to future generations? What duties do different workers have in the context of COVID-19? These are some of the many questions that will be discussed in this course. Some of the following topics will come under closer scrutiny: whistleblowing and professional responsibility; harassment in the work place; executive pay; truth and deception in advertising; and the moral status of corporations. [All texts will be provided via Canvas.]
  • PH6047: Philosophy and Health, where the focus will be on health and society in the context of COVID-19. This module will introduce students to concepts of health and disease as well as the moral considerations involved in addressing public health in the context of COVID-19. Some of the topics to be discussed include the arguments for and against lockdown, what moral duties we have for inhibiting the spread of disease, what ethical questions there are about testing and distributing vaccines and scarce medical equipment, as well as interactions between health and climate change. The primary text is the freely available open-access book Pandemic Ethics (Bartleby Books), whose author will join us as a guest lecturer.
Semester 2:
  • PH3048: Moral Philosophy in Theory and Practice: How do moral theories apply to contemporary moral questions? In this module, you will learn about common moral theories and how they are relevant to contemporary challenges. Theories like deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics will be used to guide responses to contemporary challenges like COVID-19, climate change, choosing a profession, donating to charity, considering animal lives, and whether to take down public monuments, the last of which we will discuss with a guest lecturer Prof Travis Timmerman. [All texts provided via Canvas.]
  • PH6047: Philosophy of Death and Dying: The module includes discussions of many puzzles and questions that arise from discussing death and dying, such as if death is bad and, if so, what makes death bad. We will draw from both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, as well as explore representations of death and dying in literature from different cultural traditions. We will also have a guest lecturer join us to discuss under which conditions immortality is bad; their name is Dr August Gorman. The primary textbook is Travis Timmerman and Michael Cholbi’s Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying [Routledge].

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2022Professional Ethics PH3042Professional Ethics
2022Professional Ethics: Advanced PH6053Professional Ethics: Advanced
2022Philosophy and Health PH6047Philosophy and Health
2022Moral Philosophy in Theory and Practice PH3048Moral Philosophy in Theory and Practice
2022The Philosophy of Death and Dying PH6048The Philosophy of Death and Dying

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