Professor Michael S Northcott (BA MA PhD)

Professor of Ethics


Michael Northcott's teaching and research is in the areas of Christian Ethics, ecology and religious ethics, and economy and ethics. He has published 12 books and over 70 academic papers. He has been visiting professor at the Claremont School of Theology, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya. He has successfully supervised 28 doctoral students since coming to Edinburgh in 1989 with a majority of those students from Asia and North America. He welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students in Christian ethics, ecology and religion, the environmental humanities, and environmental and economic ethics. 

He leads a large AHRC grant on faith-based ecological activism in the UK entitled 'Caring for the Furture Through Ancestral Time. Please go to the following link for more information:

He is a co-investigator on the Human-Business at Edinburgh Initiative investigating the ethical implications of current modes of representing economic value




Research summary

`see Prof Northcott's research pages in Edinburgh research explorer

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

View all 27 activities on Research Explorer

View all 78 publications on Research Explorer

In the press

BBC Radio Debate on ethics, animals and infants with Prof. David Clough

Latest Media Interview: The War Cry, 7 March 2015