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Dr Al Baker

Research Assistant

Room: 1.04
Email: A.Baker-Graham@leeds.ac.uk_
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Dr. Al Baker is a philosopher, working principally in the areas of analytic aesthetics and moral psychology.

In November, 2016, he joined the Institute for Transport Studies as a part of the ADAPT research project, led by Dr. Kate Pangbourne, to investigate how to effectively use argumentation to encourage sustainable behaviour change in transport choices.

As a part of this project Al will be assisting in the creation and maintainance of a database of arguments around sustainable travel habits, and researching around questions related to the use of argument to create long term changes in behaviour.

In addition to this, Al is also interested in the philosophy of the emotions, the philosophy of narrative, and various other areas in the philosophy of art, mind and metaphysics.

 

Key Research Interests

  • Argument and behaviour change
  • The effect of cognitive biases on behaviour change interventions
  • Theories of empathy
  • The role of empathy in narrative engagement
  • The aesthetics and ethics of videogames
  • The cognitive and moral effects of stories

Employment History

  • 2016-present, Research Assistant, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2016-present, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
  • 2012-2015, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
  • 2012-2015, Managing Editor, Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics

Education

  • PhD, Empathy and Narrative Engagement, University of Sheffield, 2016
  • MRes Philosophy, University of Manchester, 2011
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Manchester, 2008

 

Research Projects and Experience

  • ADAPT: Smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change, funded by EPSRC, Research Assistant, 2016-Present
  • Feeling Like Stories: Empathy and Narrative Engagement, funded by AHRC, 2012-2016, Doctoral Researcher

I have taught on undergraduate courses in a variety of topics in philosophy, including:

  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Formal Logic
  • Political Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy

I am very interested in persuing further teaching opportunities, particularly in philosophy.  I would also be happy to supervise student work on topics in Philosophy, especially on topics in aesthetics and moral psychology.

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