Hi. I’m Gah-Kai Leung (my first name is pronounced ‘GAR-kay’).

    I’m a PhD student in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick, specialising in political theory.

    My main interests are in social, political and legal philosophy; science and public policy; applied ethics; and disaster risk reduction. I am also interested in things like the philosophy of social science, the ethics of dealing with historical injustice and what we might broadly call minority philosophy (e.g. questions of race, gender, sexuality, disability and so on).

    At Warwick, I am affiliated with the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPA) and the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group’s project on Ethics in Climate and Development. I’m also a member of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).

    My work has appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, AJOB Neuroscience and Nature Climate Change, among other venues. I have ongoing projects on body image and eating disorders; care work and mental health; and historical injustice, forgiveness and reconciliation. I am finishing a book chapter on bureaucracy and structural injustice. Some of my research on body image and appearance norms will feature as a chapter in Taylor Swift and Philosophy: Essays from the Tortured Philosophers Department (expected October 2024).

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    Disclaimer: The views represented in my academic and policy work are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my university or of any third parties.

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