Dr Hannah Maslen

Deputy Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Hannah Maslen is the Deputy Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She works on a wide range of areas in practical ethics and applied philosophy, from neuroethics to philosophy of punishment.

Her current research projects include:

BrainCom, a European Horizon 2020 project developing neuroprosthetics for speech, on which she is a Principal Investigator leading the work package on ‘Ethics, Implants and Society’;

• the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease, on which she is the Programme Manager; and

• Prof Julian Savulescu’s Wellcome Trust project on the relevance of personal responsibility to healthcare policy and resource allocation.

Previously, Hannah worked as a Research Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Mind and Machine. Here she examined the ethical, legal and social implications of various brain intervention and interface technologies. Technologies covered included non-invasive brain stimulation for enhancement, deep brain stimulation as a treatment for various medical conditions, optogenetics, and virtual reality. She has also worked on philosophy of punishment and sentencing, particularly on the relevance of remorse as a mitigating factor within retributive theories of punishment.