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Professor Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis imagePhD Berkeley (1999)
MA Berkeley (1992)
BA Princeton (1990)

Lisa’s work in environmental political theory investigates how we can make policy decisions that serve our interests in flourishing now and in the future. This stream of work on “the collective implications of discrete decisions” includes papers in environmental democracy, the collective ethics of flying, the value of biodiversity losses, climate adaptation justice, and species extinction. She has written two books and edited a volume of essays on the political philosophy of Immanuel Kant; other work in the history of political thought includes essays on Hobbes, social contract theory, and modernity. Lisa is past president of the Association for Political Theory and former editor of the political theory section of the Journal of Politics. Lisa’s work has been supported by the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and New Zealand’s Deep South National Science Challenge.

Teaching

Contact Details

Room 2C14, 2nd floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Email lisa.ellis@otago.ac.nz
Office hours – Tuesday 1:30 to 3:30pm
Research day – Friday

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Publications

Higham, J., Ellis, E., & Maclaurin, J. (2019). Tourist aviation emissions: A problem of collective action. Journal of Travel Research, 58(4), 535-548. doi: 10.1177/0047287518769764

Bioethics panel, including Ellis, L., & Maclaurin, J. (2019). Predator free New Zealand: Social, cultural, and ethical challenges. Commissioned by BioHeritage Challenge. 26p. Retrieved from http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/

Holloway, L., Clark, B., & Ellis, E. H. (2018). How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared? Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress: Conservation in a Changing World. (pp. 71). Retrieved from http://wellington2018.scboceania.org

Ellis, E. H., Armstrong, D., Hohneck, M., Iorns, C., Knight, J., Litten, K., … Maclaurin, J., … Woolley, S. (2018). Predator-free New Zealand and the public good. Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress: Conservation in a Changing World. (pp. 133). Retrieved from http://wellington2018.scboceania.org

Ellis, E. (2018, June). On a principled level, how should the risks of sea level rise be distributed between individuals, insurance, locals and central government? Verbal presentation at the Climate Change and Local Government Forum, Wellington, New Zealand.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Bioethics panel, including Ellis, L., & Maclaurin, J. (2019). Predator free New Zealand: Social, cultural, and ethical challenges. Commissioned by BioHeritage Challenge. 26p. Retrieved from http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Ellis, E. (2018). How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared? Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate. National Science Challenges. Retrieved from https://www.deepsouthchallenge.co.nz/projects/how-should-risks-sea-level-rise-be-shared

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Other Research Output

Ellis, L. (2018, October). The THINK! time. Eaton Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. [Seminar presentation].

Ellis, L. (2018, January). How should we distribute the risks of sea level rise? Australian workshop in Moral Philosophy, Kioloa, Australia. [Seminar presentation].

Ellis, L. (2017, June). The collective ethics of flying. School of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, L. (2016, March). Legitimate environmental democracy. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. (2016, March). Legitimate environmental democracy. University of Auckland, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Ellis, L. (2015, September). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, L. (2015, December). Irreversibility and other democratic problems for environmental politics. Climate Futures Initiative, Princeton University, United States. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, L. (2015, October). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Politics & Policy Brownbag, Boise State University, USA. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, E. (2015, October). Environmental majoritarianism. Centre for Ethics and Human Values COMPAS Program and the Ohio State Political Theory Workshop, Columbus, USA. [Research Presentation].

Ellis, E. (2014, October). Democracy and the structure of (most) environmental conflict. Philosophy Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Ellis, E. (2014, August). Inequality, democracy, and environmental conflict. Politics Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Authored Book - Research

Ellis, E. (2008). Provisional politics: Kantian arguments in policy context. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 208p.

Ellis, E. (2005). Kant’s politics: Provisional theory for an uncertain world. New Haven, CA: Yale University Press, 272p.

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Edited Book - Research

Gibbons, M. T., Coole, D., Ellis, E., & Ferguson, K. (Eds.). (2015). Encyclopedia of political thought (Vols. 1-8). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 4186p.

Ellis, E. (Ed.). (2012). Kant’s political theory: Interpretations and applications. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 264p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ellis, E. (2016). Democracy as constraint and possibility for environmental action. In T. Gabrielson, C. Hall, J. M. Meyer & D. Schlosberg (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of environmental political theory. (pp. 505-519). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Switzer, D., & Ellis, E. (2015). Shapiro, Ian (1956-). In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0934

Ellis, E. (2015). Social contract. In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0949

Ellis, E. (2015). Kant's political thought. In L. S. Maisel (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in political science. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0138

Ellis, E. (2015). Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804). In M. T. Gibbons, D. Coole, E. Ellis & K. Ferguson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of political thought. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0555

Ellis, E. (2012). Introduction. In E. Ellis (Ed.), Kant’s political theory: Interpretations and applications. (pp. 1-24). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Ellis, E. (2011). Kant's political thought. In Oxford bibliographies in political science. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0138

Ellis, E. (2010). Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804). In M. Bevir (Ed.), Encyclopedia of political theory (Vol. 2). (pp. 751-755). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781412958660

Ellis, E. (2010). The received Hobbes. In I. Shapiro (Ed.), Leviathan or the matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill. (pp. 481-518). New Haven, CA: Yale University Press.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Anderson, L., & Ellis, E. (2009). Ethics, practice regulation and physiotherapy. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 177-188). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

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Journal - Research Article

Higham, J., Ellis, E., & Maclaurin, J. (2019). Tourist aviation emissions: A problem of collective action. Journal of Travel Research, 58(4), 535-548. doi: 10.1177/0047287518769764

Ellis, E. (2006). Citizenship and property rights: A new look at social contract theory. Journal of Politics, 68(3), 544-555. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2508.2006.00444.x

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Journal - Research Other

Ellis, E. (2014). [Review of the book Consequentialism and environmental ethics]. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 31(4), 437-441. doi: 10.1111/japp.12081

Ellis, E. (2011). [Review of the book The environmental politics of sacrifice]. Perspectives on Politics, (9), 1, 141-142. doi: 10.1017/S1537592710003592

Ellis, E. (2010). Difficult discoveries: Rousseauian investigations of love and democracy [Review of the books The deepening darkness: Patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future and Political solidarity]. Political Theory, 38(5), 723-730. doi: 10.1177/0090591710372870

Ellis, E. (2007). [Review of the book Toward perpetual peace and other writings on politics, peace, and history]. Ethics, 117(4), 765-769. doi: 10.1086/519675

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Holloway, L., Clark, B., & Ellis, E. H. (2018). How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared? Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress: Conservation in a Changing World. (pp. 71). Retrieved from http://wellington2018.scboceania.org

Ellis, E. H., Armstrong, D., Hohneck, M., Iorns, C., Knight, J., Litten, K., … Maclaurin, J., … Woolley, S. (2018). Predator-free New Zealand and the public good. Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress: Conservation in a Changing World. (pp. 133). Retrieved from http://wellington2018.scboceania.org

Ellis, L. (2017). Three currencies of the human value of biodiversity loss. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Philosophers Conference. (pp. 10). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/

Ellis, E. (2014). Environmental conflict and democratic theory. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 49). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.com/past-nzpsa-conferences/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ellis, E. (2018, June). On a principled level, how should the risks of sea level rise be distributed between individuals, insurance, locals and central government? Verbal presentation at the Climate Change and Local Government Forum, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ellis, E. (2018, October). How should we share the risks of sea-level rise? Verbal presentation at the 16th Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Ellis, E. (2017, October). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the 15th Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, USA.

Ellis, L. (2017, July). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Ellis, L. (2017, November-December). The conceptual challenge of biodiversity loss for democratic theory. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bargh, M., Ellis, L., Hayward, J., Kurian, P., & MacArthur, J. (2017, November-December). Teaching environmental politics: From individualized guilt to empowered citizens. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference: (Dis)ordering politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ellis, E. (2016, January). Majoritarianism in the age of environmental crisis. Verbal presentation at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ellis, L., Gailmard, S., Martin, L., Merolla, J., & Reed, W. (2015, January). A new generation takes over: Meet the JOP editorial board. Panel discussion at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ellis, L. (2015, January). The democratic structure of environmental conflict. Verbal presentation at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ellis, E. (2014, September-October). Non-domination and environmental politics: Against extractive minority rule. Verbal presentation at the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Ellis, L. (2013, October). Environmentalism, method, and the state: A new agenda for theory. Verbal presentation at the Association for Political Theory (APT) Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Ellis, E. (2013, March). All good things do not go together: Federalism, democracy, and the scope of biodiversity policy. Verbal presentation at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA.

Ellis, E. H. (2012, April). Extinction and democracy: Species conservation and the limits of politics. Keynote presentation at the Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Princeton, NJ.

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