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Research areas

The Center for Applied Ethics researchers the social and political processes that determine how people and social groups see their dignity recognised, their capacity for social and political participation enhanced, their claims for social justice met, and their right to live in peace protected. The objective is to generate knowledge and provide social, political and economic actors with useful criteria and tools for decision making in the areas that concern them.

At present, the Center for Applied Ethics is conducting its research in the following areas: 

We are an interdisciplinary research team made up of PhDs in Philosophy, Education, Development Studies, Sociology, Engineering, Economics, Psychology and Theology. Therefore, we carry out cross-cutting research across various social fields and academic disciplines. 

The team develops a novel approach to applied ethics. We analyse the dynamics of power across different social spheres and the inequalities or conflicts it generates, examining the conditions that would require the construction of alternatives. We study these processes from the perspective of victims and groups vulnerable to social and political exclusion. To this end, we have adopted human rights as a regulatory benchmark.

We create spaces of shared strategic thinking that we call learning communities. In these communities, academics and experienced professionals discuss and reflect together to identify trends and needs that give rise to new research or to the implementation of specific transfer services.

The research developed by the Centre for Applied Ethics has an international outreach, both because of the issues it addresses and the countries where the projects are developed. These include Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Serbia and the United States.

The international outreach also results in participation in international academic associations and networks such as the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Association of Moral Education (AME), Euroclio (European Association of History Educators) or the Ethical Banking Network. 


Principal researcher

  • Ángela Bermúdez


  • Begoña Arrieta
  • Javier Arellano
  • Galo Bilbao
  • Jonatan Caro
  • Patxi Lanceros
  • Javier Martínez
  • Juan I. Pagola
  • Cristina Pena
  • Xabier Riezu
  • Izaskun Sáez de la Fuente
  • Pedro Manuel Sasia
  • Idoia Quintana

PhD students

  • Rodrigo Dal Borgo
  • Mónica Elices
  • Nuria González
  • Rodoljub Jovanovic
  • Ayala Maqueda
  • Cecilia Martínez
  • Jon Ona

Emeritus Researchers

  • Xabier Etxeberria

Líneas de investigación