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Adam Henschke

Senior Lecturer


B App Sci, Grad Dip, MA, MA, PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 5201

Room: Crawford A Room: 2.141

Dr Adam Henschke is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology and security. He is a senior lecturer at the National Security College (NSC) where he teaches on ethics and military technologies, the ethics of national security and diseases and national security.
His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of technologies and their uses, military ethics and on relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, ethics of cybersecurity, emerging military technologies, intelligence and the Internet of Things. His recent research includes funded projects on the ethics of counter-terrorism, the moral foundations of just intelligence institutions, and the emerging challenges to liberal democracies from foreign influence, interference and intelligence operations.

He works on projects funded by the Australia Research Council, the Australian Department of Defence, the University’s ‘Grand Challenges’, and the European Research Council. His most recent book is Ethics In An Age Of Surveillance: Personal Information And Virtual Identities with Cambridge University Press, 2017. Recent publications include “Why Should I Blow The Whistle”, in Ethics And International Affairs, “Privacy, The Internet Of Things And State Surveillance - Handling Personal Information Within An Inhuman System”, Moral Philosophy and Politics, “Trust and Autonomous Driving Systems”, Ethics and Information Technology, “The Internet of Things: Foundational ethical issues” (with Fritz Allhoff) in The Internet Of Things, vol 1 issue 1 and “Militaries and the duty of care to enhanced veterans”, in the Journal Of The Royal Army Medical Corps, Vol 165. He is a commentator on issues of ethics and national security technologies in the Australian press and regularly gives executive and professional development classes to members of Australia’s public service engaged in national security.

He joined the NSC in May 2014. He received his PhD through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt University at the end of 2013, for his dissertation, My Identity Is Important: On the Identity/Information Dyad and its Elucidation. He has a Master of Applied Ethics (2006-2007) from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping University (Sweden), a Master of Bioethics (2004-2005) from Monash University (Australia), a Graduate Diploma in ‘The Biotechnologies of Life’, (2002-2003) also from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Biology/Biotechnology (1995-1997) from RMIT University (Australia)

COVID-19 Expertise

Dr Adam Henschke has been working on issues of ethics and surveillance in relation to pandemics and emergencies. This work covers issues of the ethical justifiability of pandemic surveillance, and the need to pay careful attention to social norms that evolve around pandemic surveillance. This work is underpinned by research into pandemic and public health ethics. Also, the way that emergencies like pandemics heighten tensions between security concerns and traditional ethical values like privacy, freedom of movement, free speech, rights to and equality of healthcare, and more economically orientated values.

Areas of expertise

  • Applied Ethics
  • Ethical Use Of New Technology (E.G. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology)
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal)
  • Professional Ethics (Incl. Police And Research Ethics)

Research interests

Dr Henschke’s research stems from fundamental interests in ethics, society and interactions with novel and emerging technologies

His current research is particularly focussed on:

  • Ethics of cybersecurity
  • Just war and military ethics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Ethics of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Value-informed decision making
  • Public communication of ethics

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