Vanessa Nurock

Vanessa Nurock, PhD

Professional affiliations: 

Academic affiliations:

  • Associate Professor in Political Theory and Ethics, Political Science department, Paris 8 University
  • Member of the Research Team CRESPPA (UMR 7217)
  • Member of the CNU (National Council of Universities), Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences and Technics (Section 72)


  • Member of the CORIT (Council for Research, Technology and Innovation) of the Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Member of the Ethical Committee of the Roubaix Hospital
  • Member of the Expert Committee of the Museum of Natural History in Lille


  • Leader of the interdisciplinary project on care ethics perspectives of Nanomedicine “NANOCARE” granted by the CNRS  2014-2017
  • Co-leader of axis 3 ‘Childhood of Gender : education and transmission’ on development and education of gender in children and adults in the interdisciplinary project ‘Gender and transmission’  granted by the COMUE Paris Lumières, 2016-2019
  • Member of the project on the environmental changes and their categories of analysis ‘NATCAT’ granted by the ANR 2014-2017 
  • Partner member, leader of the ethics axis of the project on the epistemology and ethics of nanotechnologies ‘Nano2E’ , granted by the ANR, 2009-2012 

Research interest: 

  • Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Ethics and Politics of Care and Justice, Gender)
  • Biomedical Ethics  (Nanoethics, Neuroethics)
  • Animal Ethics
  • Robots Ethics
  • Moral Development and Education
  • Moral imagination and Popular Culture 
Brief biography: 

Vanessa Nurock is a visiting associate researcher in philosophy at EPIDAPO from September 1, 2016. She is associate professor in Political Science and Ethics at Paris 8 University and member of the Research Team CRESPPA. Initially trained in philosophy and cognitive science, her research stands  at the interface between ethics, politics and science. More specifically, her work deals with bioethics understood as two complementary issues-the biological constraints of our moral valuation, and our moral valuation of biology. Her books and articles address issues concerning bioethics, nanoethics, neuroethics, environmental and animal ethics, robots ethics, as well as ethics and politics of care and justice. She is also interested in issues dealing with moral development and education and regularly works with several museums as scientific curator or as scientific events organizer.