Dr Al Baker

Dr Al Baker


Dr Al Baker is a philosopher, working principally in the areas of analytic aesthetics and moral psychology.

In November, 2016, he joined the Institute for Transport Studies as a part of the ADAPT research project, led by Dr. Kate Pangbourne, to investigate how to effectively use argumentation to encourage sustainable behaviour change in transport choices.

As a part of this project Al also creates, manages and maintains a database of arguments around sustainable travel habits, and researches around questions related to the use of argument to create long term changes in behaviour.

In addition to this, Al is also interested in the philosophy of the emotions, the philosophy of narrative, and various other areas in philosophical aesthetics, applied ethics and applied epistemology.

Key Research Interests

• Argument and behaviour change
• Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
• The effect of cognitive biases on behaviour change interventions
• Theories of empathy
• The philosophy of narrative engagement
• The aesthetics and ethics of videogames

Employment History

• 2016-present, Research Assistant, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
• 2016-present, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
• 2012-2015, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
• 2012-2015, Managing Editor, Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics


• PhD, Empathy and Narrative Engagement, University of Sheffield, 2016
• MRes Philosophy, University of Manchester, 2011
• BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Manchester, 2008

Research Projects and Experience

• ADAPT: Smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change, funded by EPSRC, Research Assistant, 2016-Present
• Feeling Like Stories: Empathy and Narrative Engagement, funded by AHRC, 2012-2016, Doctoral Researcher

I have taught on undergraduate courses in a variety of topics in philosophy, including:

  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Formal Logic
  • Political Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ancient Philosophy

I am very interested in persuing further teaching opportunities, particularly in philosophy.  I would also be happy to supervise student work on topics in Philosophy, especially on topics in aesthetics and moral psychology.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Social and Political Sciences