Essential CV

Higher education

In 1997 I received my first degree in Philosophy (Laurea summa cum laude in Filosofia) at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna with a dissertation on conceptual relativism supervised by Eva Picardi.  For five months during my degree I was an Erasmus student at the University of Leeds.
In 1998 I got an MA in Philosophy with distinction from King's College London where, supervised by Donald Gillies, I wrote a dissertation on the rationality of scientific revolutions. Next, I obtained the BPhil in Philosophy (University of Oxford) in 2000 with a dissertation on the rationality debate in philosophy and the cognitive sciences under the supervision of Bill Newton-Smith.
After the BPhil, I moved to the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. I worked on my PhD under the supervision of Martin Davies in the Philosophy Programme. My thesis was a challenge to Donald Davidson's rationality constraint on the ascription of beliefs.

Academic posts

After obtaining the PhD in 2004, I worked for one year as Research Associate on the EC-funded project EU-RECA (on the concept of research and the ethical regulation of research activities) coordinated by John Harris at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester. I was also Honorary Lecturer in Bioethics at the Centre.  

Next I joined the University of Birmingham, where I was Lecturer (2005-2008), Senior Lecturer (2008-2011), Reader in Philosophy (2011-2013), and I am now Professor of Philosophy. 
In 2007-2008 I was involved in the activities of the PhD Programme in the Foundations of the Life Sciences and their Ethical Consequences at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM, Milan) as a Visiting Professor. From the end of July 2008 to the end of December 2008 I visited the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science in Australia (now ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders) on an Endeavour Research Fellowship

Editorial work

I served as associate editor for Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2013-2016) and as E-letters editor for the Journal of Medical Ethics (2005-2010).

Professional associations

I was also a member on the committee for the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (2010-2013), and on the Executive Committee of the Mind Association (2010-2015).

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