Richard Jennings

History and Philosophy of Science
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Research Interests: 

Briefly, my research interests are ethical issues in science - mainly in the applications of science and the political/ethical debates that arise from different opinions concerning how we should use science.

In more detail:

My research is concerned with a wide variety of ethical issues in science.  This includes issues concerning Responsible Conduct of Research, such as fraud, plagiarism and the proper allocation of credit; practical issues such as the use of genetically modified organisms and genetic testing, the use of animals in experiments, and the impact of technology on the environment; and the general relations between science and society, particularly the practical political issues of policy and funding.  I have developed an architectonic to identify and systematize these issues under the general heading of ethics in science.

Current Resarch Projects

With a friend (David Bennett) I am currently working on a book, "Successful Careers Beyond the Lab" which will offer advice and inspiration for those who want to take their science skills out of the lab and into other careers. Cambridge University Press has shown good interest in the book and will doubtless be the publisher. 

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

Generally Philosophy of Science, including relevant Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics. 



Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge Affiliated Lecturer, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge Affiliated Research Scholar, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge Member of Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) British Society for the Philosophy of Science


Here is a short selection: 


  • (Edited with Peter Evans and David Bennett) Feeding 9 billion: The contribution of new genetic technologies to global food production Cambridge CB1 2BH, UK: Banson, August 2014  
  • (Edited with David Bennett) Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies: New Genetic Technologies for Global Food Production, Cambridge University Press.  March 2013.  
  • (Edited with David Bennett) Successful Science Communication: Telling It Like It Is Cambridge University Press, October 2011 


  • ‘Genetic Technology in the Global Economic Environment’ in The World Financial Review July-August 2014, pp 38-40. 
  • ‘Social and ethical issues raised by NGOs and how they can be understood’ in Bennett and Jennings (eds) Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies: New Genetic Technologies for Global Food Production, Cambridge University Press, 2013. 
  • ‘Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence’ (2012 with Antoniou M, Habib MEM, Howard CV, Leifert C, et al.) J Environ Anal Toxicol S4:006. doi:10.4172/2161-0525.S4-006 
  • ‘Ethical Assessment of New Technologies: A Meta-Methodology’ (2011 with Ian Harris, David Pullinger, Simon Rogerson, and Penny Duquenoy), in Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 9, pp. 49-64, pdf from 
  • ‘Code Breakers’ (2009, with Ian Harris, David Pullinger and Simon Rogerson) in Project:The Voice of Project Management, 22 (October 2009) pp. 20-21
  • Science, Truth and Ethics  

Richard Jennings unpacks some of the complex ethical issues surrounding scientific research