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Kevin Macnish

  • Teaching Fellow
  • University of Leeds
  • 10PublicationsNumber of items in Kevin's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 3Followers


Kevin Macnish is Teaching Fellow and Consultant in Ethics at the IDEA Centre at the University of Leeds. He shares his time between lecturing postgraduates and undergraduates in the ethics of engineering and computer science, leading online modules for an MA in Applied and Professional Ethics, and undertaking consultancy work with an ethical focus. Kevin gained his PhD on the ethics of surveillance in 2013, developing a framework by which surveillance can be assessed from an ethical perspective. He is the author of the article on Surveillance Ethics in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, and a paper on the ethics of automated surveillance in Ethics and Information Technology. Kevin has worked on several FP7 Security projects as an ethics adviser or member of ethical review board. He has also organised two international conferences on surveillance ethics at the University of Leeds. Kevin tweets regularly about surveillance, privacy and security as @KMacnish. Kevin is based at the IDEA-CETL (Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied - Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), a part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds.

Recent publications

  • Government surveillance and why defining privacy matters in a post-snowden world

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  • Persons, personhood and proportionality: Building on a just war approach to intelligence ethics

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Professional experience

Teaching Fellow

University of Leeds

September 2012 - Present


PhD Philosophy

University of Leeds

October 2009 - August 2013(4 years)

MA Philosophy

University of Leeds, Department of Philosophy

October 2008 - August 2009(10 months)

MA Theology

Southern Evangelical Seminary

September 2002 - May 2004(2 years)

MA International Relations

University of East Anglia, School of Social Sciences

October 1995 - August 1996(10 months)

BA (Hons)

University of Leeds, Department of Philosophy

October 1992 - July 1995(3 years)

Co-authors (1)

  • Xander  Bouwman
  • Hafizah Mohdlatif
  • Clare Cunningham

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