Centre for Applied Ethics


Head of Unit: Prof Vasti Roodt


Vasti Roodt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Head of PROSPER. She holds and MA and DPhil in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. Her research specialisation is moral and political philosophy, with specific focus on issues around the public/private distinction, contractualism and political metaphor. Her current research focuses on the the way in which metaphor and analogy influence our reasoning about political concepts.

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Dr Anna Hartford

Dr. Anna Hartford is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Stellenbosch University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Behaviour Unit at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on moral epistemology— including the ethics of ignorance, and broader questions of knowledge and responsibility— as well as applied ethics. She received her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University, and her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral research focused on the problem that moral ignorance poses to theories of blameworthiness. She is currently working on questions in neuroethics.

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Mr Athol Williams

Athol Williams is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics, University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Senior Lecturer specialising in Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Leadership at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

He is an experienced Corporate Strategy Advisor, having served as a Partner at Bain & Company, Strategy Director for Old Mutual and MD at Taurus Associates. He has served on the boards of numerous companies and NGOs, and currently serves as the Chairman of Read to Rise, a youth literacy NGO which he co-founded in 2013.

Athol holds a BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering from Wits University, as well as five Masters degrees – from Harvard University, University of Oxford, London School of Economics, MIT  and London Business School in public policy, political philosophy, political theory, business (MBA) and corporate finance, respectively, and is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford.