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Dr Joanna M Burch-Brown


  • BS6 6JL


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Personal profile

Research interests

Joanna Burch-Brown is a Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Bristol.  She is currently working on issues of contested heritage and public memory of slavery and colonialism.  She teaches practical ethics, including race and justice, environmental ethics, sustainable development, and Kantian ethics. She is a founding member of the University of Bristol Centre for Black Humanities, and academic coordinator for the University of Bristol Fulbright Summer Institute on 'Arts, Activism and Social Justice'.  She has active research collaborations with the Countering Colston campaign in Bristol, and with the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations.  Before coming to Bristol, she did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Oxford, and a PhD in Cambridge in the History and Philosophy of Science Department. She did her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, and in 2003 as a Compton Fellow she founded a therapeutic horticultural project in East London, which this year is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

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  • International Development

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Research Output

  • 5 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Article (Specialist Publication)
  • 1 Other contribution

In defence of biodiversity

Burch-Brown, J. & Archer, A., Dec 2017, In : Biology and Philosophy. 32, 6, p. 969–997 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    234 Downloads (Pure)

    Is it wrong to topple statues and rename schools?

    Burch-Brown, J., Dec 2017, In : Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy. 1, p. 59-88 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 454 Downloads (Pure)


    Nottingham Departmental Seminar - 'Would renaming our schools erase history? On slavery, colonialism and contested heritage'

    Joanna M Burch-Brown (Speaker)

    27 Feb 2019 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Honour and Admiration After War and Conflict - Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace

    Joanna M Burch-Brown (Invited speaker)

    30 Jan 201931 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Colston Hall Discovery Day

    Joanna M Burch-Brown (Advisor)

    16 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Supervised Work

    A Feminist Multidimensional Account of Autonomy

    Author: Lee, J. Y., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Burch-Brown, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)