Stephanie Collins

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20132023

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

I'm interested in all areas of moral, social, and political philosophy.

My research mostly focuses on theories of group agency and group responsibility. I'm interested in the question of whether groups -- such as states, corporations, and NGOs -- are really 'agents' that can 'do wrong'. Are the wrongs of group agents reducible to the wrongs of their members, or is group wrongdoing 'more than the sum' of members' wrongdoing? Can groups have all the myriad moral obligations that philosophers attribute to individuals, or are group obligations 'special' in some way -- for example, are groups' obligations constrained by their goals or constitutions? I'm interested in answering these questions in ways that speak to politics, law, and business ethics.

In 2020-2023, I completed a major three-year project called “Organisations’ Wrongdoing: From Metaphysics to Practice,” which was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Its major output was my monograph Organizations as Wrongdoers: from Ontology to Morality (Oxford University Press, 2023). 

I've also worked on care ethics, associative duties, human rights, and the nature of individuals’ obligations in the face of moral collective action problems. My previous books are The Core of Care Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals (Oxford University Press, 2019).

To find downloadable versions of all my published work, see my personal website: https://stephaniecollins.xyz/.

I am, or have been, associate editor at Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Ergo, Thought, and Analysis. I'm a faculty advisor at the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia.

In 2022-2024, I'm President of the International Social Ontology Society, the major professional association for academics working on social ontology. I’m on the undergraduate engagement committee of the Australasian Association of Philosophy.

Biography

I started at Monash in 2022. In 2018-2021, I was a researcher in the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. From 2013-2018, I was a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. I got my PhD in Philosophy from ANU in 2013. Before that, I did a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Auckland.

In 2019, I was a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Vienna, working on the ERC-funded project The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency. In 2017-18, I was a Mind Association Research Fellow.

Community service

I'm always interested in doing media and public engagement related to my research. You can find out about my past media work here: https://stephaniecollins.xyz/media/

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising research students in all areas of analytic moral, social, and political philosophy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, Phd, The Scope of Dependency Duties, Australian National University (ANU)

Award Date: 6 Dec 2013

Master of Public Policy, University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 May 2010

Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Award Date: 1 May 2009

Research area keywords

  • Political Philosophy
  • Social Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Care Ethics
  • Collective Responsibility
  • Social Ontology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy and Public Policy