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Academic Biography

I joined Teesside University last year as a Research Assistant on a project dealing with domestic abuse.

Prior to joining Teeside University, I have worked in a number of settings, working with charities to improve access to Higher Education for under-represented groups and within SEN education.

I completed my PhD in 2015 in Philosophy, with an ESRC funded project looking at the implications of genetic research on the autonomy and agency of young people in the U.K.

Currently, I am working on a project that is examining community recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary of Research Interests

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my research, I have a wide range of research interests.

Perhaps the most prominent of these interests is in bioethics: explicitly moral judgement in Autistic individuals. I have researched extensively in the fields of genomics and neuro-ethics, specifically behavioural genetics and the philosophy of psychiatry/mental disorder. I have also conducted research on the notions of autonomy and agency (developing my own theory of developed agency) and how it relates to young people, as well as the philosophy of childhood more generally.

I have an interest in empirical bioethics/philosophy, and during my PhD research I devised a research method (and corresponding theory) which appraised the moral sophistication, consistency and agency of individuals.

I am also interested in Psychology and the Philosophy of Psychology, as well as giving a voice to under-represented groups and individuals.

External Roles and Professional Activities

I am currently a mentor for Minorities and Philosophy UK, and have written an article for their online blog looking at mental health within academia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

… → 2015

Master, Lancaster University

… → 2008

Master, Lancaster University

… → 2007

Bachelor, Lancaster University

… → 2006

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

Inculcating Agency

Divers, A., 31 May 2017, In : Childhood and Philosophy. 13, 27, p. 253-270

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Children and Developed Agency

    Divers, A., 2013, In : Childhood and Philosophy. 9, 18, p. 225-244

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Dissociative Disorder: Studying and Mental Health

    Divers, A., 24 Mar 2019

    Research output: Other contribution